Compassionate Alliances for Resilience & Empowerment Program

We-CARE Faculty Peer Support Program

The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago is offering a new evidence-based faculty peer support program – Compassionate Alliances for Resilience & Empowerment Program (We-CARE) – aimed at fostering well-being of our faculty and promoting belonging and inclusion. The We-CARE Program is adapted from a similar program developed at the Harvard University which has been disseminated in multiple academic medical centers across the nation. The We-CARE Program offers peer support and collegiality – it is not therapy. The program also connects faculty members with other organizational resources for further support.

The We-CARE Program utilizes trained faculty volunteers (We-CARE Helpers) to support peer faculty members in need of collegial support by providing empathic listening in a supportive environment. Faculty members will be able to confidentially share their concerns and dilemmas in a safe space with emotional support and validation without judgement or fear of retaliation. We-CARE Helpers represent the diversity of our College with respect to clinical/nonclinical appointments, rank, gender, and race/ethnicity. These are colleagues you can turn to when you need someone to talk about issues such as burnout, workplace conflicts, obstacles in career advancement, and challenges to maintaining work-life balance.

An overview of the We-CARE Peer Support Program is available via this link.

Reach us via email: [email protected]

Stephanie Joe, MD, FACS & Memoona Hasnain, MD, MHPE, PhD
We-CARE Co-Directors

Acknowledgements: The We-CARE Program has been developed with generous advice by Dr. Jo Shapiro, MD, FACS from Harvard Medical School; and funding support from the Health Equity Pilot Project (HEPP) and UICOM Dean’s Office. We are grateful to the faculty who have volunteered to serve as We-CARE Helpers in this inaugural launch of the program.