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Mental Health

Keeping tabs on your own psychological wellbeing is a crucial part of maintaining overall health and successfully working towards your goals, both personally and professionally. Psychological wellbeing is complex and fluid, and it can even shift from week to week (based on a variety of factors like physical health, work hours, rotation, or stress level), so it’s important to check in with yourself on a regular basis. These handy self-assessment tools can help you to get a quick view on depression or anxiety symptoms and alcohol use. They can be used on a one-time basis, or to track changes across time.

We do not receive any of the data from any of the screeners listed on this website. The measures are operated through separate websites that are not affiliated with Maimonides Medical Center.

Burnout and Compassion Fatigue

While working as a physician can be rewarding, it also brings many specific stressors and challenges. We know that professionals working in a helping field are at risk for experiencing symptoms of burnout or compassion fatigue at some point in their career, with the most recent studies reporting that nearly 50% of all physicians are experiencing burnout.

  • Secondary Traumatic Stress Scale with Self-Scoring:
  • Provider Resilience App: Being more aware of signs of burnout can help prevent it. We recommend clicking here and checking out the free, developed by the National Center for Telehealth and Technology. It includes the well validate PROQOL-5 trackers for resilience building factors as well as those that contribute to burnout or compassion fatigue.

Maimonides Chaplaincy

Senior Director of Chaplaincy & Pastoral Care

Rabbi Benzion Lesser can be reached by phone at 718-283-7604. To contact the general office of Maimonides Chaplaincy call 718-283-8500.

Staff Chaplain

Reverend Francis Joojo Obu-Mends can be reached by phone at 718-283-8402

Staff Chaplain

Iman Ahmet Muharrem Atlig can be reached by phone at 718-283-8402

Individual Support and Resources at Maimonides

If you’d like some support in managing anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts or any other emotional distress, or if you are experiencing significant stress or burnout, or if you’d like some support in managing anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts or any other emotional distress, or if you are experiencing significant stress or burnout, there are many resources available.

Academic Affairs Support Services: Free & Confidential Individual Counseling
We offer support on site for any issues related to wellness and mental health, communication issues or relational conflicts, exam difficulties and organizational skills, and any other stressors related to training or that may be impacting your training experience. Individual counseling sessions can be a one time meeting or more frequently, there are no requirements or limits and frequency depends on the resident of fellow’s specific needs.  We can also help by providing referrals to outside therapists or psychiatrists. To make an appointment, reach out to:

 Erica N. Hutchison, PhD
Office phone: 718-283-8174
Work cell for texts/calls: 347-996-6090
Email: [email protected]
Office location: 4702 Fort Hamilton Parkway, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY, 11219

Team Support at Maimonides

Team Lavender Peer Support (TLPS)

Team Lavender Peer Support can be reached by phone at 718-283-CALM (2256).

Group Psychological Debriefing

Dr. Amish Aghera, Dr. Erica Hutchison

  • A group discussion that provides space to talk about the psychological impacts of traumatic and difficult events that occur at work. These groups are always facilitated by mental health and debriefing experts.

Healing Arts Groups

Lenia Batas, MPS, LCAT, ATR-BC, CCLS

Director, Child Life Services Director, Patient & Family Support

  • Contact Lenia Batas to schedule a creative arts group, which could include painting, planting, aromatherapy and other healing arts activities. She can be reached by phone at 718-283-6289 or email at [email protected]

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