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UW Anesthesiology Peer Support Program


The UW Anesthesiology Peer Support Program was launched in the Spring of 2017 in order to provide a safe environment for discussing a wide range of topics, including but not limited to: job or fellowship applications, study strategies, work or interpersonal conflicts, feelings of frustration/anxiety/depression/burnout, or involvement in a medical error or adverse patient event. The heart of the program is the group of peer supporters, composed of two residents per class. Peer supporters are dedicated to maintaining confidentiality while discussing potentially sensitive issues, and they also are responsible for referring a peer to GME Wellness or Employee Assistance Program (EAP) professionals, when appropriate.


Given the sensitive nature of this program, peer supporters are selected largely via peer nomination. Peer supporters ideally will serve in this role for the remaining duration of their residency training.


Confidentiality is of the utmost importance. Peer supporters do not take notes of any kind, and they have the responsibility to report a peer to GME or EAP professionals only if he or she demonstrates thoughts of self-harm or harm to others, or if he or she is unable to perform work duties due to impairment (e.g. substance abuse).


Residents are encouraged to contact any one of the peer supporters directly to initiate a conversation. In addition, residents or faculty (Chief Residents, Program Director, Clinical Site Directors, etc.) can refer a colleague who may have been involved in a stressful event to the peer support program, though contact will only be initiated if that individual chooses to do so. During every meeting, residents will be provided with information for additional resources and encouraged to seek further professional support for ongoing issues.

Current Members


Courtni Salinas ( Ashley Tollefson (


Kelly Everhart (

Graeme Segal (


Steve Vanhoy (

Justin Voss (

Additional Resources

1. UW CareLink:

  • Via the main website: "UW CareLink is the employee assistance program provided for PEBB benefits-eligible UW employees, their dependents, and other household members. Initial services are provided at no cost, and the call is toll-free."

2. GME Wellness Service

3. Crisis Clinic: 206-461-3222 (24-Hour Crisis Line)

4. For support regarding substance abuse disorders, behavioral health, or physical and cognitive disorders: Washington Physicians Health Program

5. A good resource for mindfulness practice: Getting Started with Mindfulness