Physical (September)

“People experiencing wellness in the physical dimension work toward investing time each week in the pursuit of endurance, flexibility and strength.  Physical wellness involves taking responsibility and care for minor illness and also knowing when professional medical attention is necessary.  Physical wellness includes being able to monitor one's own vital signs whether perceived or measured. Physical wellness entails an understanding of the relationship between sound nutrition and the functioning of the body.  Included in physical wellness is an awareness of the body's true identity, depth of feelings, tension patterns, reactions, balance and harmony. The body is recognized as a formal expression of physiological development and personal evolution.” (Hettler 1976)


Emergency Medicine Relevance:  Sleep/circadian rhythms, Shift Work, Nutrition, Exercise, Medical/Dental Care, Substance Abuse


Individualized Interactive Instruction (III) Assignments: (to be completed in August)

  1. Sleep Journal: Utilize one of the below apps for two weeks in August. Reflect on your sleep satisfaction and be prepared to discuss your experience with sleep during residency (one hour credit)

         iPhone: Sleep Diary 

         Android: SleepBot - Sleep Cycle

   2. Commit to a primary care doctor/dentist and seem them for a health evaluation if not                    completed in the past year. (one hour credit)


Physical Wellness Presentation


Other resources for residents: 

Self-Care Assessment Tool:

Nutrition Self-Assessment - Rate Your Plate: (BUMC)

Sleep-self assessment and tips (BUMC):

Epworth Sleepiness Scale: Link to scale

      Analyze your score - Interpretation

          0-7: It is unlikely that you are abnormally sleepy

          8-9: You have an average amount of daytime sleepiness

          10-12: You may be excessively sleepy depending on the situation. You may want to                                  consider seeking medical attention

          16-24: You are excessively sleepy and should consider seeking medical attention

      Reference: Johns MW. A new method for measuring daytime sleepiness: The Epworth                                      Sleepiness Scale. Sleep. 1991; 14(6): 540-5.

Anchor Sleep:

Physical Activity: Self-Assessment;

7 benefits of exercise:

Tips for staying motivated:



MyFitnessPal’s Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker

MyNetDiary’s Calorie Counter and Food Diary




Fitness Blender

The Dirty Dozen