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Physician and scientist well-being at Stanford Medicine remains a key focus for Stanford Medicine’s institutional and departmental leadership. See some of the progress being made throughout Stanford Medicine below.

Please note that a SUNet ID may be required to access some of the links below.

Organization-level Improvement Efforts

  • Stanford Children's Health and Stanford Health Care Board of Directors — Physician wellness metrics are now reported to the SCH and SHC Boards of Directors, including survey metrics and work-after-work data based on EHR utilization.
  • Lactation Task Force — Efforts to implement recommendations across SoM, SHC, and SCH to provide lacation resources for working physicians are now underway.
  • Clinician Logged-In Outside Clinic (CLOC) Tool — In collaboration with WellMD & WellPhD, Stanford Medicine CMIOs at SCH and SHC developed the Clinician Logged in Outside Clinic (CLOC) assessment tool, which tracks the extent to which physicians work after hours in the ambulatory environment. 
  • Free overnight meal program for SHC and SCH residents — To date, over 15,000+ overnight meals have been served to residents and fellows.
  • In basket messages — There are currently major initiatives across both hospitals to address the proliferation in basket messages to physicians.
  • Efforts to improve OR access — Efforts are underway to encourage elective cases to occur during typical clinical hours rather than after hours.
  • 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. 


Department-level Improvement Efforts

  • Department-level improvement projects – During FY22, 33 active department-level improvement projects in 18 clinical departments are focused on addressing issues in the practice environment to improve faculty wellness.
  • Scribe pilots – Multiple departments are piloting scribes in improvement projects to reduce the burden of work after work. 
  • Leadership training and executive coaching – Training is being offered by the WellMD & WellPhD Team for Stanford physician leaders on behaviors that foster the well-being of their team and follow-up application coaching. To date, 62 front-line leaders (i.e. division chiefs) have participated.


New Resources for Faculty

  • WellConnect expansion - WellConnect has now expnded to include Stanford Medicine basic- and clinical-science faculty, widening it's initial scope of Stanford Meidicine residents and fellows. Stanford WellConnect is a confidential mental health referral and consultation service that facilitates timely access to counseling, stress management and coping skills, wellness coaching (including strategies to mitigate burnout), and mental health services.
  • Coaching for physicians & scientists – In partnership with WellMD & WellPhD, the Healthy Living Program offers an individalized coaching program specifically for heath care physicians, clinicians, and faculty scientists.
  • WellMD & WellPhD concierge support program - Circles Concierge is designed to save physicians and scientits time on personal tasks. In the first 12 months, the program saved over 3,378 hours of time for Stanford Medicine faculty, residents, and fellows, an average of more than 2 hours per request.
  • Executive coaching - Executive coaching is offered for clinical and basic science faculty with fees subsidized by WellMD & WellPhD.


  • Academic Peer Advisory & Support Panel – As a result of the challenges brought on by the pandemic, in 2020 the Stanford Medicine Office of Academic Affairs launched a peer advisory and support panel to advise and support faculty regarding career advancement.


Understanding Needs

  • Systematic assessment - WellMD & WellPhD leads a systematic assessment of professional fulfillment, burnout, leadership, and self-care dimensions at the department, division, and training program level and provides analysis and reports with benchmarks to leadership.


Stanford Medicine physicians and scientists can learn more about these and other initiatives on our Progress in Well-being at Stanford page (SUNet ID required).