Crozer-Keystone’s Physician Wellness Program Relaxes and Rejuvenates Residents

Francis R. Zappalla, D.O. doing yoga with pediatric residents.

Crozer-Keystone Health System is helping residents avoid burn out by encouraging them to de-stress, according to Crozer-Keystone spokesperson Katrina Stier.

The new Physician Wellness Program teaches residents early in their development how to manage their stress properly. The program goal is for residents to “feel happy and healthy.”

Pediatric Residency Program Director, Stephen T. Higgins, MD “started the Physician Wellness Program in 2016 with the help of Franis R. Zappalla, a pediatric cardiologist with training in physician wellness.”

The program includes monthly meetings, relaxation techniques, yoga, and group discussion.

Higgins’ top suggestion for stress relief: regular exercise. He encourages residents to stay active and to take time out for themselves. Due to high stress levels, intense schedules, and caring for others on a daily basis, “residents tend to put their life on hold when working in the medical field.”

He also encourages residents to seek help if they show signs of depression.

Crozer-Keystone Health System has many locations throughout Delaware County and surrounding areas.

They also offer “numerous challenging and fully accredited residency programs.” For more information visit Crozer-Keystone’s Residency and Medical Education page here.

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