Driving Well-Being Advancement
Initiatives spearheaded by Stanford Medicine, national organizations and other medical centers are driving research and institutional changes. Sustaining and building on this momentum could substantially improve the well-being of healthcare professionals around the country in the coming years, as medical leaders recognize physician burnout as a widespread epidemic.
Through facilitated small-group discussion, Commensality Groups have been shown to increase the sense of connection and collegiality among physicians and build comradery and meaning in work. This simple yet powerful evidence-based approach has been shown to improve professional fulfillment and reduces burnout in randomized trials with physicians. Learn more >
Physician Well-Being Videos and Courses
Learn about foundational and emerging topics in physician well-being through engaging media and materials (coming soon).
WellMD & WellPhD Minute
There are many initiatives at Stanford Medicine that help physicians and scientists reduce burnout and feel professionally fulfilled. WellMD & WellPhD Minute is a video series highlighting the various updates on the positive changes happening in our clinical practice and research environments.
Physician and scientist well-being has been regularly featured in plenary sessions, workshops, and breakout sessions at the national meetings of major professional societies. As a leader in physician well-being research, the WellMD & WellPhD Center has led or co-authored many recent studies with far-ranging potential impact for the field. Learn more >
How We Measure Well-Being
We use a variety of instruments that assess well-being and professional fulfillment at the organizational and departmental level. These are available to use with permission. Learn more >
Physician Wellness Academic Consortium (PWAC)
The Physician Wellness Academic Consortium (PWAC) is a self-funded, national cohort of academically-affiliated medical centers with a collective mission of driving innovative advancement of physician well-being. Using a validated, holistic survey and a growing benchmark database, PWAC facilitates longitudinal program evaluation and natural experiment studies of clinical provider wellness. PWAC Administrative Headquarters is located at the Stanford Medicine WellMD & WellPhD Center. Learn More >
Progress at Stanford
Beginning from a foundation of evidence-based best practices and tracking measurements of well-being on a regular basis, the WellMD & WellPhD Center works to catalyze and shape the organizational conversation and bring about needed improvements. Learn more >