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A career in medicine is at times demanding and stressful. Sometimes it is helpful to talk to a colleague who understands our stressors and the effects that they can have on us.  Our colleagues may understand circumstances in a way that even our caring family members and friends may not.

The purpose of the Physician Resource Network (PRN) is to provide Stanford physicians and trainees with confidential, independent, legally-protected collegial support and resources for life’s inevitable clinical, professional and personal challenges. 

We connect Stanford Medicine physicians one-on-one with colleagues who can informally listen, provide perspective, provide resources, and help identify options for getting help.

Physicians seek out PRN Support for a number of reasons, including:

  • Distress over difficult clinical events or litigation
  • Career difficulties
  • Workplace conflicts
  • Work-home-life issues
  • Burnout
  • Patient issues
  • Personal or family concerns

PRN Support volunteers are Stanford Medicine physicians from a variety of specialties who have volunteered to be trained as peer supporters. Although the program is endorsed by medical and administrative leaders, PRN Support is independent from the hospitals and medical school.

The Process

  • Email (Emails to this address are seen only by the PRN Support Program Director.) 
  • A peer supporter from another department/division will be assigned to you and will contact you within a couple of days to meet in person or by phone. 
  • You will be paired with someone who does not know you but whose career background is similar to yours. 
  • Typically, peer support consists of one or two interactions, with resources being sent to you as follow-up.

Dr. Christy Sandborg is the PRN Support Program Director and will help shepherd your requests and questions.  Please contact her through the PRN Support email



To Access the Program

You will hear back within 24 hours.

Program Director

For questions or more information, please contact Dr. Christy Sandborg.

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