FlowersDear Wellness Community,

August is here! (So is our Wellness Corner after a short break.) Seattle is in the full swing of summer with blue skies, warm, sunny days, views of the Mountain and flowers blooming around you. We welcome our new Residents and Fellows to UW. What a time to start a new training program!

You may feel a bit unsettled with the unusualness of this time. Most people are feeling a sense of uncertainty with the ongoing pandemic. As physicians and the front line of health care, this time may bring a multitude of complex feelings: you are taking in new information and doing important work every day, but you may feel you are missing out on social interactions like just hanging out or going to the movies with friends, meeting new people, and exploring Seattle and all it has to offer.

Most of us crave connection and long for some normalcy to return. How do we continue to grow and learn while feeling a sense of loss? You may look for the quiet after the busyness at your work. Find ways to create meaning for you in the way that seems right. We are here to share some fun happenings around town including drive-in movies, farm visits, parks, fruit picking, and chances for you to find some quiet time.


Dipti Dipti Chrastka

This week’s Wellness Corner authored by: Dipti Chrastka, LMFT GME Wellness Director Monday – Friday at Harborview 206.744.0655


Welcome Andrei Dandescu!

A warm hurrah for the newest member of our GME Wellness Team! Andrei’s GME Wellness counseling home will be at SCH, but for now he’ll be offering primarily zoom sessions. He will be available M-W afternoons and evenings and his schedule is now open for appointments!

Diversity Recruitment Open House

We are delighted to announce that the Network for Underrepresented Residents and Fellows (NURF) will host a Diversity Recruitment Open House as part of NURF’s outreach efforts this recruitment season.  The Diversity Recruitment Open House is scheduled on Wednesday, August 26th, 2020, from 6:30pm – 8:00pm, via Zoom.

This virtual Open House is intended to answer questions for medical students and residents from underrepresented and/or disadvantaged backgrounds who are currently applying to programs at the University of Washington. Panel members will discuss specific actions UW Medicine is taking to strengthen our culture of anti-racism, equity, diversity and inclusion and the resources available for housestaff support.

Register here.

Food on the Cheap

Check out these deals for August and September and get ’em while they last!

Life After Residency & Fellowship

How to navigate a job search, negotiating salary and benefits, reviewing your employment contract and more! Register Here

Day Use and Camping Now Open

Get the latest on where you can go and where you can stay!



Black Lives Matter

“It is not enough to be not racist, we must be anti-racist.”/ “Being an anti-racist requires persistent self-awareness, constant self-criticism and regular self examination.”  — Ibram X Kendi, author of How to Be an Antiracist

Kayak or Canoe! Who? You!

Row Row Row your boat at the UW Waterfront Activities Center!

Seattle (Virtual) Deconstructed Art Fair

Get that Right Hemisphere to light up!

Find a Farm for U-Pick Fruits and Vegetables

3 Minute Breathing Space Practice

Minute 1: Begin breathing and check in: How am I doing right now? (thoughts…feelings…sensations)

Minute 2: Focus on breath alone

Minute 3: Notice your breath moving through your body

Gems from Treasure Valley

  • Idaho Botanical Garden is hosting Great Garden Escapes, Thursday evenings from Aug 20th to Sep 3rd, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, with music, dancing and friends.
  • Emmett Farmer’s Market is going on Wednesdays and Saturdays through October

Got Feedback for Us?

We’d love to hear it!  Share your thoughts about the Wellness Corner, suggestions for future events, discounts or articles to highlight, or anything else you’d like to share.  Please email your thoughts to Dipti Chrastka ( and/or Julia Kocian ( and/or Andrei Dandescu (