During your pediatric residency at UIC we strive to prioritize personal and professional wellness in addition to our goal of training well rounded pediatricians. We have implemented a variety of initiatives and continue to expand our experiences to meet the changing needs of our residents each year.

Introduction to Employee Assistance Program 

  •         During orientation all interns are scheduled for an opt-out meeting with a University Health Services social worker. 
  •         This provides an introduction to the services that are offered at UIC 


  •         4 weeks paid vacation 
  •         4 day holiday 

Medical or Unexpected Leave 

  •         Backup system in place to cover for those with unexpected leave 
  •         6 weeks of parental leave (further details available through UIC GME) 
  •         Parenting Rotation for residents who are new parents 

Wellness Half Days 

  •         2 per year 
  •         Scheduled by the resident at a time that works for them


  •         Yearly retreats for all residents 
  •         Surprise Night (faculty cover for residents to attend an evening event) 

Wellness Committee 

  •         Resident members in conjunction with the chief residents 
  •         Meet monthly to identify wellness needs and initiatives
  •         Examples of events: 
      • Beach day
      • Paint night
      • Game nights 
      • Macrame nights 

Part of our leadership:
Dr. Michelle Barnes, Dr. Meghan Harding and Dr. Stacy Laurent covering our inpatient wards and PICU while we
were off enjoying a surprise night!