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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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Doctoral Dissertation




Education Sciences

First Advisor

Dr. Tricia Browne-Ferrigno


Anesthesiology residents are at significant risk of developing serious issues during training including burnout, depression, and substance abuse. Recent accreditation requirements mandate that these well-being issues be addressed by residency training programs. Program directors, as the leaders of residency programs, are charged with protecting the wellness of residents and leading wellness initiatives. The program director role can be well-described in a servant leadership construct because they are charged with caring for the individual needs of their residents.

This dissertation is a report of a mixed-methods study that explores anesthesiology program directors’ self-perceptions as servant leaders and their efforts to lead the development of resident wellness programs. It describes program director perceptions of challenges to resident wellness and barriers to implementing wellness initiatives. Because the current state of anesthesiology residency wellness programs is unknown, findings from this study may prove useful to the field.

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