Turkish Journal of Anaesthesiology & Reanimation

The BUDDYS System: A Unique Peer Support Strategy Among Anaesthesiology Residents During the COVID-19 Pandemic


Department of Anesthesiology, University of Florida College of Medicine, Florida, USA


Resident Wellness Program, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Florida College of Medicine, Florida, USA

Turk J Anaesthesiol Reanim 2022; 50: Supplement S62-S67
DOI: 10.5152/TJAR.2021.21247
Read: 124 Downloads: 36 Published: 08 November 2021

Objective: The coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic stressed healthcare organizations. Initial efforts focused on supplies with a minimal empha- sis on frontline healthcare workers’ wellbeing. Anaesthesiology residents represent vulnerable frontline healthcare workers because airway pro- cedures increase nosocomial infection risks. Peer support can promote healthcare workers’ wellbeing during crises; its application to graduate medical trainees is underrepresented in the literature. We implemented a quality improvement project to improve wellbeing among anaesthesiol- ogy residents via a peer support system called BUilding Dynamic Duos for Your Support.

Methods: BUilding Dynamic Duos for Your Support consists of pairing 2 anaesthesiology residents with instructions to support each other in anticipation of a coronavirus disease 2019 case surge. A lecture presentation introduced this system to the residents and described frequent check-ins with another resident. We evaluated the initiative with a survey 2-4 weeks postimplementation.

Results: BUilding Dynamic Duos for Your Support began in April 2020 and involved 88 residents. Survey respondents (n = 58) indicated that BUilding Dynamic Duos for Your Support had a positive impact on their wellbeing. BUilding Dynamic Duos for Your Support implementation had no additional costs, requiring minimal resource dedication.

Conclusions: BUilding Dynamic Duos for Your Support promoted wellbeing among anaesthesiology trainees. This quality improvement project highlights the positive impact of a peer support system on anaesthesiology residents’ wellbeing with a potential broader application to graduate medical education.

Cite this article as: Mohamed BA, Fowler WK, Thakkar M, Fahy BG. The BUDDYS system: A unique peer support strategy among anaesthesiology residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Turk J Anaesthesiol Reanim. 2022;50(Suppl 1):S62-S67.

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