Learn from Stanford Medicine WellMD & WellPhD How to Design and Lead a System-Wide Physician Well-being Program

Chief Wellness Officer Course (CWOC)

This executive program is an annual one-week course for a small cohort of approximately 50 physician well-being leaders, carefully selected based on their role and scope, to spend an immersive week with our core faculty at a scenic location on the Northern California coast. Using the Stanford WellMD Professional Fulfillment Model™ and extensive experience of course faculty, the week includes lectures, group activities, and 1:1 sessions designed to help participants cultivate expertise in the principles and applications that contribute to physician well-being.                                                                                                                                                                                    

Target Audience

The program is designed for senior healthcare leaders with organization-wide responsibilities who have their organization’s support and resources to initiate or expand a focus on physician health and well-being across the system.  In addition to physician well-being, course participants commonly oversee the occupational well-being for 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 CWOC will support participants in:

  • Developing leadership skills to spearhead their organization's physician wellness efforts
  • Creating components of a strategic plan that will build and sustain a physician well-being program for their organization
  • Implementing principles and identifying 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

The application for the 2023 CWOC is now closed. We anticipate opening the application for the 2024 course this Fall. Please check back at that time for more details, or email cwocourse@stanford.edu to be added to our announcement list.

A complete application is required to be considered for acceptance into this course. This a high-demand course with limited space, so we encourage you to apply as early as possible once the application window opens. The application must be completed online. Applications will not be accepted by email or other means. The application typically includes the following components:

  • Resume/CV
  • Professional photo
  • A narrative overview of:
    • Your organization
    • Your role
    • Current state of physician well-being and challenges at your organization
    • Current efforts to improve physician well-being at your organization                                
  • Letter of support from an executive 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 leading those efforts at an organization-wide level. 


Course Fee: 

  • $12,900.00 (for 2023 course)
  • The tuition for 2024 will be posted when the application goes live in Fall 2023


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.

Stanford Medicine is authorized to award pre-approved ACHE Qualified Education credit for programs toward advancement or recertification in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Participants in select programs wishing to have the continuing education hours applied toward ACHE Qualified Education credit must self-report their participation.  To self-report ACHE activities, log into your MyACHE account and select ACHE Qualified Education Credit. Please direct any questions about ACHE credits to the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Credit Designation
American Medical Association (AMA) Stanford Medicine designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 31 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.  

Contact us at cwocourse@stanford.edu if you have any questions. 


Course Dates

Next Course: June 9-14, 2024

Location: Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay, CA