Northeast Georgia Medical Center is committed to the mental and physical health and wellness of all our residents, fellows, physicians and staff.
The Importance of GME Wellness
Residency and fellowship can be an inherently stressful time in the career of a physician, and the well-being of our resident physicians and fellows is something we take very seriously at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Declines in physician well-being are linked to lower quality patient care and patient satisfaction, increased errors, and decreased health system performance. Our goal is to ensure that our residents and fellows are equipped with the tools and resources that enable them to be their best so they can provide the highest quality care for our patients.
“In the current healthcare environment, residents and faculty members are at increased risk for burnout and depression. Psychological, emotional, and physical well-being are critical in the development of the competent, caring, and resilient physician. Self-care is an important component of professionalism; it is also a skill that must be learned and nurtured in the context of other aspects of residency training. Programs….have the same responsibility to address well-being as they do to evaluate other aspects of resident competence.”- ACGME Common Program Requirements, Section VI
Holly Stewart, MS
Director, GME Wellness
Holly holds a Bachelor of Social Work, a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership, and is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Georgia. Her professional and research interests include mentoring, diversity, equity, and inclusion, grit and resilience, and systems-level change to improve clinician burnout and distress. She has many years of experience working in advocacy and support roles with healthcare students and trainees, and is passionate about helping residents thrive in their professional and personal lives.
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Jessica Bowling, MS
Coordinator, GME Wellness
Jessica Bowling, MS, manages events, special projects, and other programming for GME that supports the wellbeing of residents, fellows, and staff. She has over a decade of experience in higher education, specializing in helping learners overcome barriers to academic and personal success. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science from Georgia Southern University and a Master of Science from Brenau University.
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Mac Hafele, PhD
Neuropsychologist, NGHS Employee Assistance Program
Dr. Hafele is a licensed psychologist and is experienced in providing counseling services to medical students and hospital faculty, staff, and residents. Prior to arriving at NGHS, Dr. Hafele was employed with Emory University and Emory Healthcare’s Faculty Staff Assistance Program. She is a former U.S. Marine, is board certified as a Traumatic Stress Expert, and is an Advanced Conflict Mediator.