Designing and Leading Well-being at the Unit Level

Now Accepting Applications for the 2024 Fall Cohort

Course Description and Design
Framed by the Stanford Model of Professional FulfillmentTM, this virtual six-week educational series equips leaders with knowledge and tools to advance well-being at the unit level in departments, divisions, practices, sites, and groups. The course is designed as a synchronous, live learning experience on Zoom, with assignments and activities to complete between sessions in a secure learning management system. 

The course contains the following components:

  • Didactic presentations and discussions featuring Stanford Medicine leadership and faculty who present insights from the latest research in physician well-being, teach the Stanford Model and other key concepts, and provide context and inspiration regarding how Stanford applies this work in our own hospitals, school of medicine, and health system. 
  • Peer-to-peer learning in small group exercises designed to facilitate networking and camaraderie, to provide a focused environment to discuss course content, and to create a space for participants to practice and get feedback on ideas that could be implemented in their home organizations.
  • Individual participant work including prework, assignments, emails, references, and resources for critical thinking and application of learnings in home organizations.


Target Audience
Department/unit physician well-being leaders, chiefs, chairs, medical directors, wellness committee leaders, quality improvement leaders, program improvement leaders, residency program directors, practice/clinic leaders and others who are positioned to influence physician well-being at the unit level in their organizations. 

2024 Course Fee
$445: Tuition only

$595: Tuition & CME/CE credit

  • This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™. See below for full accreditation information.


Important Notes About How We Consider Applications
This is an application-based course. Learners apply and are vetted for participation based on their current role and scope. We primarily accept physician leaders who are part of the target audience (listed above) and who already have a mandate to influence physician well-being at the unit (e.g., department/division/group) level. Applicants who aspire to have such a role, or who are in different well-being roles, are considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Senior well-being healthcare leaders with organization-wide responsibilities (e.g. Chief Wellness Officers and other c-suite executives) are encouraged to apply instead for our Chief Wellness Officer Course (CWOC), which is a week-long, immersive, in-person course designed to help leaders spearhead organization-wide strategy for physician well-being. Information on the CWOC can be found on the Chief Wellness Officer Course website.


At the end of this educational activity, learners will be able to:                            

  • List the factors that contribute to physician well-being
  • Interpret the current organizational science on promoting professional fulfillment
  • Develop familiarity with evidence-based approaches to promote professional fulfillment for physicians using a framework that includes culture of wellness, efficiency of practice, and personal resilience
  • Recognize the importance of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in achieving the goals of professional fulfillment and well-being
  • Utilize effective methods to gain peer and leadership collaboration
  • Identify and evaluate the local needs of physicians
  • Integrate basic principles of improvement science into approaching local physician well-being initiatives


Contact Us

We hope you find the information above and the Frequently Asked Questions section below helpful. If your questions about the course are not answered on this web page, questions may be directed to Please note that we receive a high volume of emails regarding this course, and while we attempt to respond in a timely manner, responses may require a few days. Thank you for understanding.