Implementing a Mind-Body Skills Group in Psychiatric Residency Training

Noshene Ranjbar, Matt Erb, Julie Tomkins, Krishna Taneja, Amelia Villagomez

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Objective: The burnout crisis in healthcare has led to interventions promoting resiliency and wellness among residents. One such intervention is a 10-week Mind-Body Skills Group including didactics and experiential exercises, self-expression, and small-group support. A Mind-Body Skills Group for residents and fellows in the University of Arizona-Tucson Department of Psychiatry aimed to teach skills for self-care and patient care. Methods: In 2018–2020, 50 University of Arizona-Tucson psychiatric residents and fellows participated in Mind-Body Skills Groups. After finishing the course, 44 participants completed a survey about satisfaction with the course and its content, comfort sharing experiences with the group, use of mind-body skills for participants’ own self-care and wellness, use of these skills with patients, and likelihood of recommending the Mind-Body Skills Group to colleagues. Results: Eighty-four percent of survey respondents were satisfied or very satisfied with the Mind-Body Skills Group. Eighty percent used skills learned in the course for their own self-care and 61% used the skills with patients on at least a weekly basis. Eighty-nine percent indicated they were likely or very likely to use mind-body skills with patients in the future. Ninety-five percent of respondents felt safe sharing personal feelings and experiences in the group, and 95% would strongly recommend or likely recommend the course to colleagues. Results for in-person and online groups were not significantly different. Conclusions: A 10-week Mind-Body Skills Group during psychiatric residency was well received by participants. The course influenced personal health behaviors, which may bolster resiliency and reduce risk for burnout.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)460-465
Number of pages6
JournalAcademic Psychiatry
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Burnout
  • Mind-body medicine
  • Resident well-being
  • Resiliency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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