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    Resident Wellness Program

Wellness Activities

The Department of Neurological Surgery is committed to creating a culture of resident wellness.  Residents in our department enjoy planned quarterly activities and regular lectures and programs designed to promote wellbeing. All of our residents participate in a monthly Program Director's meeting and a monthly Leadership Course.   Both courses are designed to provide residents with the tools they will need to successfully navigate the complexities of a demanding career and the need for work-life balance.  

Quarterly resident team building activities have included:

Escape Room Adventures
Top Golf Driving Range
Indoor Rock Climbing

Residents also participate in the Annual West Coast Neurosurgery Games (sponsored by UCLA).  The beach tournaments include, volleyball, cornhole and frisbee matches.

Mentorship Program

Mentoring is a top priority for our program.  We offer a comprehensive mentoring program to provide guidance to residents throughout their residency program.  All residents will be assigned to a faculty mentor that they will meet with quarterly.  Faculty mentors will supervise and guide resident mentees on scholarly activities, research, and career planning.  Faculty mentors will be available to discuss any issues or concerns that might arise during residency to provide any necessary support. 

  • Responsibilities of Mentor:
    • Help resident set priorities to achieve goals
    • Provide assessment and formative feedback
    • Encourage creative and broader thinking
    • Provide emotional support
    • Act as an advocate
  • Responsibilities of Mentee:
    • Provide updated portfolio to mentor at the scheduled meetings
    • Share personal goals and priorities
    • Provide any updates that have occurred since past meeting
    • Share with mentor any problems or frustrations that may be occurring either personally or professionally
    • Actively engage in creating quarterly action plan of achievable goals

ACGME Well-Being Resources:

Apps and Podcasts are available on the Learn at ACGME Online Learning Platform.

Identifying and Addressing Burnout:

Promoting Well-Being

Identifying, Assessing and Addressing Emotional and Psychological Distress/Depression/Suicide

Improving the Learning and Working Environment

Additional Resources


The Department of Neurological Surgery is committed to cultivating a culture of inclusivity and fighting racism.  

Please visit the Anti-Racism Resource page for a list of books, articles, podcast, video resources and organizations to follow on social media and help expand the conversation.   Also visit the UC Davis Diversity, Equity & Inclusion website for Resources for Racial Trauma.

We encourage you to read the following statements:

Resources for engaging in anti-racism work and practicing solidarity: 

Local organizations offering support and healing circles:

Resources for preventing and addressing police abuse:

The Academic and Staff Assistance Program (ASAP) is offering drop-in support:

UC Davis employees: 530-752-2727  - Register for Virtual Events

UC Davis Health employees: 916-734-2727 - Register for Virtual Events

UC Living Fit Forever Wellness Program

UC Living Fit Forever is a free wellness program for UCDH and SOM employees, faculty, residents, medical and nursing students that offers group classes in multiple campus locations. 
To enroll, please complete the 2020 UC LFF Medical Clearance Form and the 2020 UC Living Fit Forever Waiver.  

UC Living Fit Forever also has several YouTube workouts:

UC Davis Health Fitness Center

  • Fees: Med Center Memberships are sold on a quarterly and annual basis
    • Location: 2501 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817
    • Contact: 916-703-5140 

Anytime Fitness (East Sacramento)

  • Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, and Dance Classes
  • Discount: 30% off = $30 per month and $0 enrollment fees month-to-month contract
  • Employees & Students need to show identification badge
  • Retirees need to show the UC Davis retiree identification card
    • Location: 6350 Folsom Blvd., Suite 160, Sacramento, CA 95819
    • Contact: 916-452-5555

Anytime Fitness (Rancho Cordova)

  • Discount: 40% off Gym Membership
  • Month-to-month membership with full access to other locations

Padme Yoga Center 

  • Yoga styles: Power Flow and Mellow Flow
  • Yoga workshops: Beginner, Advanced, Foundations, and Balances
  • Yoga Retreats
  • Discount: Introductory offer is only $15 for 10 consecutive days of yoga
  • Special UCDMC membership for ONLY $89 monthly
  • 10% off most workshops and retail
    • Location: 1899 Alhambra Blvd., Suite 120, Sacramento, CA 95816
    • Contact: 916-455-4600

California Family Fitness California Family Fitness Flyer (PDF)

Crunch Fitness NorCal

  • Health & Fitness Club
  • Discount: No initial enrollment fee
  • Employees & Students need to show badge & ID
  • Retirees need to show the UC Davis retiree identification card
    • Location: 1250 Howe Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95825 or 6680 Lonetree Blvd., Rocklin, CA 95677 or at any future sites
    • Contact: David Scharbach at 916-333-3209 or dscharbach.crunch@gmail.com

Fitness Rangers Health & Fitness Club

  • Services/Products Offered: Gym, Bootcamp, Personal Training, Nutrition, Barre, Boxing, Yoga, HIIT, Turf
  • Discount: Corporate Gym Membership Rate $50 per month, waived initiation fee.
  • Both give discounted rates for personal training
  • Employees & Students need to show badge & ID
    • Location: 1717 34th Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
    • Contact: Dana Fleischman at 916-739-1100 or dana@fitnessrangers.net

    Good Times CrossFit Personal Training/Group Fitness Classes

    • Discount: 20% off of any package
      • Location: 3747 W. Pacific Ave Sacramento, CA 95820
      • Contact: Cristin or Eric Botsford at 916-752-4588 or info@goodtimescrossfit.com

    Alhambra Athletic Club (Wenmart Membership Rates)

    • Alhambra Athletic Club Gold Membership (3 club access): 1st Person: $84, 2nd Person: $29, 3rd Person: $7 Total: $120/mo For 3+ People (Spouse/Domestic Partner and Children ages 7-21/ 21-24 (must be a full-time student)
    • Signature/Riverside Athletic Club Executive Membership: 1st Person: $68, 2nd Person: $26, 3rd Person: $7 Total: $101/mo For 3+ People (Spouse/Domestic Partner and Children ages 7-21/ (21-24 must be a full-time student)
    • Discount: total membership cost can be reduced per account by $20/mo after going through the Incentive Fitness Program. This is health and wellness program is outlined in membership packet – available at any Wenmat Club
    • Childcare and Aerobics Classes are offered to our membership at no additional cost
      • Location: 1671 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95816 
      • Contact: Mat Thompson, Manager for Alhambra Athletic Club at 916 457-9300

    All Star Skates

    • Roller Skating products and accessories
    • Discount: 15% off purchases of $100 or more
    • Code: UCDAVIS13 (at checkout)

      Wholesome HealthCare Sacramento Services

      • Life Coaching, Clinical Hypnotherapy, and Behavioral Therapy
      • Discount: 20% off
        • Location: 225 30th Street, Suite 215, Sacramento, CA 95816
        • Contact: Derika Faamausili at 916-889-5154 or wholesomehcs@live.com

      Solfire Yoga

      • Services: Hot Power Vinyasa Yoga (80-90 degree temps), Yin Yoga, Kids Yoga, Gentle Yoga
      • Offer: Introductory 30 day (consecutive) pass for $25.00 (reg. $30.00)
      • Monthly Unlimited Memberships Available for $89.00 per month (regularly $99)
      • 10% off all other class passes and workshops
      • Monthly memberships require EFT and 6 month minimum requirement
      • Proof of Employment must be shown
      • Only enrollee may use passes/membership. All class passes purchased have expiration dates following activation. See website for details.

      Quiet Connections

      • Alternative and Holistic Services $15 off of select services

      Yoga Loka

      • Bikram Yoga Offer: Three (3) Free Introductory Yoga classes
      • Please attend 15 minutes early, sign waiver, and show UCD identification
        • 4820 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95816
        • Contact: 916-454-4100

      In-Shape Health Clubs

      • Inshape.com Offer: 20% off
      • *Employee, student, or retiree must show employee ID or identification card or pay stub to receive $0 enrollment and 20% off of standard monthly club dues (including pro-rated amount for join month)
      • Revive and Relax VIP, towels, tanning, and Kids Club (excludes Personal Training and 3rd party programs)
      • New member may be required to pay nominal key card fee at time of joining
      • Other monthly due levels are available but subject to full enrollment charge
      • All memberships pay a club maintenance fee up to $49.50 to be charged in the 7th month of membership and every year after.
      • New member will pay no enrollment fee but Amenities and facilities vary by location. Certain restrictions apply. See club for details. Must be 18 years or older with valid ID


      • Ironcompany.com Offering over 8,000 fitness equipment items and accessories
      • Staff, faculty, students, and retirees can enter discount code UCDAVIS10 at checkout for 10% off

      Orangetheory Fitness Orangetheory Flyer (pdf)

      The Firehouse 5 – Argentine Tango Lessons 

      • Offer: First Beginner’s class free on Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm.
      • Sign up for a month of Beginning Argentine Tango and bring a partner for free (payment at time of sign-up)
      • 25% off on Private Lessons and gift certificates (great gift for newlyweds)
        • Location: 2014 B 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95818