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Learn How to Design and Lead a Physician Well-Being Program

This executive program, offered by Stanford Medicine WellMD & WellPhD Center, is a one-week immersion course for June 12-17, 2022 at the RItz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay and year-long alumni community for approximately 50 physician well-being leaders who are carefully selected based on their role and scope. Using the Stanford WellMD Professional Fulfillment Model™ and extensive experience of course faculty, each day is composed of a combination of lectures, activities and interactions designed to help participants cultivate expertise in the principles and applications that contribute to physician well-being. 

The application deadline has passed, but the application remains open, as there will likely be a few remaining spots in the course. Please submit your full application as soon as possible. We will consider your application and issue a decision as promptly as we can.                                                                                            

Target Audience

The program is designed for senior healthcare leaders with organization-wide responsibilities for physician well-being and who have their organization’s support and resources to initiate or expand a focus on physician health and well-being across the system.  Course participants commonly have responsibilities for their organization’s physician well-being, engagement and satisfaction efforts, and they may oversee populations beyond physicians. The roles of participants typically include the following titles: Chief Wellness Officer, Chief Medical Officer, Chief of Staff, Chief Experience Officer, Chief Quality Officer, Associate Dean/Senior Associate Dean, and other senior leadership roles.

Learning Objectives

The Chief Wellness Officer Course will support participants to:

  • Develop leadership skills to spearhead their organization's physician wellness efforts
  • Create components of a strategic plan that will build and sustain a physician well-being program for their organization
  • Implement principles and programs that contribute to physician well-being including creating an efficient practice environment, cultivating personal resilience, and developing an organizational culture that fosters engagement and professional fulfillment 


Application Process

A complete application is required be considered for acceptance into this course. Senior physician well-being leaders are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted and declined on a rolling basis. This this a high-demand course with limited space, so we encourage you to apply early. The application must be completed online. Applications will not be accepted by email or other means.

The application can be found here.

The application includes the following components, which you should have ready before you apply:

• Narrative overview of:
    o Your organization
    o Your role
    o Current state of physician well-being and challenges at your organization
    o Current efforts to improve physician well-being at your organization
    o What you hope to learn through the course and alumni community

In addition to narrative responses to the questions above, you must be prepared to attach the following files before submitting your application:

• Your resume/ CV (PDF)
• A professional photo (PDF or JPG)
• Letter of support from a senior leader within your organization, i.e. Dean, CEO, COO, or CMO) stating that the organization is committed to driving physician well-being as a strategic priority and that you are in position to lead those efforts at an organization-wide level. Full letter of support requirements can be found here.

Course Fee: $12,500.00*

Items included in this fee include:
  o Registration, attendance, program materials and most meals
  o Faculty presentations, panels, activities and small group discussions
  o Access to 1:1 meetings with course faculty during daily office hours
  o A library of presentations developed within by course participants addressing critical dimensions to take back to your organization such as “Engaging the C Suite”
  o Network of colleagues and facilitated alumni community for one year

* Tuition payment (in full) is due within 4 weeks following acceptance. Payment instructions are provided in the acceptance letter. The course fee does not include lodging. Hotel costs are separate from the CWO course fee; a discounted room rate of $399/night is available to participants once their application for participation is accepted.

Cancellation Policy

We understand that senior executives occasionally have changes in plans or schedules that will result in their not being able to attend the program as planned. Due to the nature of the course and the participants selected, openings due to cancellations are not easily filled. Cancellation requests must be received in writing. Please send cancellation requests to


Cancellation prior to April 12 

Full tuition refund, less a $1,500 administrative fee

Cancellation between April 13-May 12:

50% tuition refund

Cancellation May 13 or later:



Accreditation Policy

In support of improving patient care, Stanford Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation
American Medical Association (AMA) Stanford Medicine designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 35.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Accessibility Statement

Stanford University School of Medicine is committed to ensuring that its programs, services, goods and facilities are accessible to individuals with disabilities as specified under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008.  If you have needs that require special accommodations, including dietary concerns, please contact us.

Cultural and Linguistic Competency
The planners and speakers of this CME activity have been encouraged to address cultural issues relevant to their topic area for the purpose of complying with California Assembly Bill 1195. Moreover, the Stanford University School of Medicine Multicultural Health Portal contains many useful cultural and linguistic competency tools including culture guides, language access information and pertinent state and federal laws.  You are encouraged to visit the Multicultural Health Portal:


Course Dates

Chief Wellness Officer Course

Next Course: June 12-17, 2022

Location: Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, CA

For questions related to the content or faculty of the course, please contact the Stanford WellMD & WellPhD Center Education Program 

For questions regarding application or registration, please contact Laura Corbett, CME Compliance Manager