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Physician and scientist well-being at Stanford Medicine remains a key focus for Stanford Medicine’s institutional and departmental leadership. The WellMD & WellPhD Center has put in place numerous programs to gauge and track progress:

  • The Stanford Doctor and Scientist Surveys™ — These evaluations track improvement and development opportunities for reducing burnout and promoting professional fulfillment. Participation in the most recent survey was the highest on record.

  • Commensality Groups — Facilitated small-group discussions that have been shown to increase a sense of connection and collegiality among physicians and build comradery and meaning in work.

  • Task Forces — Formed in response to physician community feedback and emerging national trends, recent task force recommendations have included how to best mitigate patient mistreatment of physicians as well as provide lactation resources for working physicians.

  • Operational Plan Metrics — Physician well-being is now part of operational plan key metrics for Stanford Medicine, with key wellness metrics established alongside quality & safety and patient experience. 

  • Electronic Health Record (EHR) Efficiencies — In collaboration with the WellMD & WellPhD Center, Stanford Medicine CMIOs developed the Clinician Logged in Outside Clinic (CLOC) assessment tool, which tracks the extent to which physicians work after hours in the ambulatory environment. In addition, Stanford Medicine hosts numerous summit meetings and conferences about EHRs, including Dean Lloyd Minor’s annual EHR National Symposium, which brings together leading experts from health care, technology, and policy.

  • Stories of Strength — Through this series, the WellMD & WellPhD Center is highlighting the everyday stories of setbacks and comebacks, reflections and resets within our physician community.