Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 42, Issue 1, pp 78–83 | Cite as

SMART-R: A Prospective Cohort Study of a Resilience Curriculum for Residents by Residents

  • Deanna ChaukosEmail author
  • Emma Chad-Friedman
  • Darshan H. Mehta
  • Laura Byerly
  • Alper Celik
  • Thomas H. McCoyJr
  • John W. Denninger
In Brief Report



This study aimed to determine the feasibility of a resident-led resiliency curriculum developed by residents, for residents.


The Stress Management and Resiliency Training Program for Residents (SMART-R) is a 6-h group-based curriculum that teaches meditation, behavioral skills, and positive perspective-taking strategies. SMART-R was implemented for all medicine and psychiatry interns at a large US teaching hospital during the first 6 months of internship. Risk and resilience factors for burnout were assessed before and after the curriculum. A wearable health-tracking device was used to assess feasibility of wearables for studying resident health behaviors.


All 73 medicine and 17 psychiatry interns participated in the SMART-R curriculum. Seventy-five of 85 interns (88%) consented to be in the study. Thirty-one of 75 (41%) completed both baseline and post surveys of risk and resilience factors for burnout. Preliminary curriculum feedback was enthusiastic. Twenty-five of 62 (40%) wore the health tracker more than half the time in the first 3 months of the study.


Implementation of a resident-led resiliency curriculum for internal medicine and psychiatry interns at an academic medical center during the most challenging first months of internship is feasible. Future controlled studies are needed to determine efficacy of SMART-R on risk and resilience factors. Over the first 6 months of internship, we observed an expected increase in burnout, fatigue, and depression, though other key risk and resilience factors were unchanged.


Resident resilience SMART-R SMART-3RP Physician wellness 



The authors would like to thank Dr. Hasan Bazari and Dr. Felicia Smith for their support of this research within the residency training programs in the departments of Medicine and Psychiatry, respectively, at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Funding Source

This pilot project was supported by an APIRE Janssen Resident Award (award recipient is corresponding author). Basis Inc. provided health-tracking devices for this investigator-initiated study.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

This study was approved by the Partners HealthCare Human Research Committee/IRB review. All participants signed written, informed consent.


Dr. Denninger receives support for unrelated investigator-initiated studies from Onyx Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Denninger receives support from Basis Inc. for materials related to investigator-initiated studies. This does not alter the author’s adherence to Academic Psychiatry policies on sharing data and materials. On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mount Sinai HospitalTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Massachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA
  3. 3.University of California, San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA
  4. 4.University of Massachusetts Medical SchoolWorcesterUSA

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