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Department of Radiology
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Wellness

Wellness is a top priority in the Department of Radiology at Northwestern. We have identified a number of resources available to faculty including self-testing for burnout, employee benefits, health and lifestyle information, and access to support for wellness-related issues.

Get Involved

The Radiologist Physician Engagement and Wellness Council creates initiatives and provides resources for faculty, trainee, and housestaff well-being. Interested in getting involved? Contact Dr. Swati Deshmukh

 

Helpful Links

 Improve Your Telehealth

With widespread and rapid adoption of telehealth practices, many physicians have encountered workflow changes including increased screen time and more sedentary hours seated in front of a computer. Recognizing the similarities between the telehealth lifestyle and a diagnostic radiologist's typical day at work, Dr. Swati Deshmukh teamed up wtih Dr. Jeanne Horowitz to investigate ergonomics of telehealth. Poor ergonomics in the setting of telemedicine can lead to eye strain, neck and back pain, repetitive stress injuries of the wrist and shoulder, and headache. Optimizing workplace ergonomics is an important component of physician wellness. Combining Dr. Deshmukh's experience in musculoskeletal imaging and intervention with Dr. Horowitz's prior research on work-related injuries in the department of radiology, the two physicians created a guide to aid clinicians in improving the ergonomics of their telehealth practices. Click here for our downloadable PDF of advice for better ergonomics. Both Dr. Deshmukh and Dr. Horowitz are graduates of the NM Scholars of Wellness program.

 Physician Burnout and Wellness Tests

Test yourself and find learn more via Stanford University's WellMD website.

 NU YourLife: Counseling, Coaching, and Wellness Classes

The Northwestern University YourLife Program offers a variety of resources for faculty including free short-term counseling, referral for mental health or substance abuse services, executive coaching, fitness and meditation classes, nutrition counseling, financial resources, and discounts.

 Faculty Appointments, Promotions, Moonlighting, and Career Development

Information about your faculty appointment through Feinberg School of Medicine can be accessed via their website. FSM offers guidance on your appointment, as well as guides to promotions and tenure, and career development. Find the career track that works for you.

For more career development, contact NU RaMP, the Department of Radiology's faculty mentorship program.

The Department of Radiology offers several moonlighting programs to provide faculty and trainees with opportunities to earn additional income. Contact Dr. Swati Deshmukh for further information. 

 Northwestern Faculty Wellness Program

Northwestern University offers a number of resources for faculty. The Faculty Wellness Program is designed to assist full-time faculty experiencing difficulties in their professional and personal lives. Human resources also offers work/life resources through its benefits program.

 Faculty Benefits

Access descriptions of benefits offered through NU including assistance determining healthcare coverage, retirement savings, and at-home care for family. 

Explore all benefits through HR.

Benefits include:

Health and Insurance

Holidays and Time Off

Retirement

Tuition Benefits

Family Resources

Well-being

Transit and Relocation

Benefits Eligibility, Changes and Help

NM Faculty Benefits (requires login)

 NM Physician Forum

Get the latest updates from Northwestern Medicine via the physician forum.

 Continuing Medical Education

Learn what you can do to fulfill CME requirements at the Northwestern Continuing Education site.

 Family Care

Northwestern Human Resources offers information for both childcare resources and eldercare resources.

 Housestaff and Trainee Wellness Program

 Women Faculty Organizations

Join one of the organizations for women faculty. 

Northwestern Women in Medicine

Northwestern Women Faculty Organization

Women in Radiology. Contact Dr. Karen Shmelev or Dr. Lucy Lester to get involved in this organization through the Department of Radiology. 

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