Graduate Medical Education

Resident Wellness


Residency and fellowship training is one of the most exciting times in life, but it also can present a variety of challenges to personal and professional well-being. Residents often experience emotional and physical exhaustion, anxiety, feelings of inadequacy, and strained personal relationships. These issues can often lead to depression, substance abuse, and even suicidal thoughts. Our resident wellness program strives to ensure that residents are both emotionally and academically successful. We provide a variety of confidential services.     



Services Provided:

  • Counseling - in person, online, or via phone
  • Academic Coaching



Issues We Address:

  • Depression
  • Burnout
  • Anxiety
  • Work life balance
  • Anger/Stress
  • Thoughts of self-harm
  • Substance abuse
  • Over all emotional wellness




Kirleen Neely, PhD (Behavioral Health Consultant)


Dr. Neely has worked in the mental health field for over twenty years. She obtained her Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. Her career began in adult outpatient mental health where she worked with the severely mentally ill, crisis intervention cases, and substance abuse clients. She later transitioned to inpatient mental health and assisted children who were victims of sexual abuse and neglect.

In the last decade, she has served as the program director of Richardson Counseling Services. In this role, she managed the day to operations of the center, facilitated counselor internship training programs, and provided counseling services. She has extensive experiences providing individual, family, and marriage counseling as well as working with military families and employee assistant programs. In addition, Dr. Neely has served as adjunct professor at Webster University, where she taught graduate level counseling courses.


In 2014, she released her first children’s book “Straight Talk” which is a culmination of her research in the area of dominant beauty standards and the effect on self-esteem for women and girls. Dr. Neely has been privileged to appear as a guest expert on several television and radio shows and has been a sought-after public speaker. She is supported by her husband and two amazing daughters.




Additional Resources:

  • Preventing Medical Trainee Suicide (video)
  • Symptoms/Warning Signs Check List (checklist)
  • Work Life Balance Tips for Physicians (article)




Mental Health Emergency Contact Numbers:


  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline1-800-273-8255



  • University Hospital Emergency Center 210-743-0024   


  • Deer Oak Employee Assistance Program  1-866-EAP2400





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