We recognize the intellectual, physical, and emotional challenges during residency training. We take pride in our wellness program at UC Davis Neurology which highlights our responsibility and commitment to cultivating a supportive culture of inquiry and learning. We host wellness activities throughout the academic year integrated into the workday which respects and protects personal time. Prior events included: Puppy Play Date, Yoga Class, and Smoothie Bar. We also have quarterly resident retreats, activities of which have included: Welcome BBQ, Movie Night, and Escape room. We have an elected Wellness Ambassador (PGY3), who serves as the resident liaison working alongside our department educational team. Our department funds our Wellness Ambassador to participate in the Train New Trainers Clinician Health and Well-being Program Fellowship which is a 6-month program to gain in-depth training and advance a career in clinician health. Additionally, they serve on the GME wellness committee and our department wellness committee. Our Wellness Ambassador hosts our social hours that is joined by residents and faculty. 

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"Hello everyone! My name is Nima, and I’m the PGY-3 Wellness Ambassador for the 2021-2022 academic year. With the myriad challenges that learning medicine in a pandemic brings, there has never been a better time to focus on the health and wellbeing of residents in training, which is exactly what I’m here for! I’ve been working closely with both the neurology and Graduate Medical Education departments to advocate for policies and strategies that highlight the importance of the resident experience. I also love working with my fellow residents, who provide me with important feedback and ideas to make our program even better for us all. I look forward to meeting with you all and continuing to work towards a more balanced and mindful approach to residency together!"

Nima Beheshti, D.O., M.P.H.
PGY3 Neurology Resident
Wellness Ambassador

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Nima Beheshti, D.O., M.P.H., 2021-2022 Wellness Ambassador and Hemali Patel, D.O., 2020-2021 Inaugural Wellness Ambassador


Residents are paired with a faculty mentor at the start of residency. Resident-Mentorship selection is weighted on numerous factors and include (but not limited by) specialty interest, work-life balance, or career guidance. Mentorship starts PGY1 and continues throughout ones residency with quarterly check-ins, review of academic goals, scholarly activities and career planning such as fellowship.  

In addition, we have a peer-to-peer mentorship program called the “Big Sibs Program,” of which a PGY1 and senior PGY3 resident are paired at the beginning of the academic year to provide support and guidance at the start of internship into the transition of neurology training.