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Designing and Leading Well-being at the Local (Department or Division) Level

Now Accepting Applications for Spring and Fall 2023 Cohorts

Participation in this application-based course is free to those who are accepted. Continuing education credit (15 hours) and/or a certificate of course participation are available to course participants for a fee of $475. 

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Overall Course Description and Design
Framed by the Stanford Model of Professional Fulfillment, this virtual six-week educational series equips leaders with knowledge and tools to catalyze changes at the local 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 panels featuring Stanford leadership and faculty who present insights from the latest research in the field, teach the Stanford Model and other key concepts, and provide context and inspiration regarding how Stanford applies this work in our own hospitals and health system.
  • Peer-to-peer learning in small group exercises designed to facilitate networking and comradery, 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 (prework and homework) assignments, 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 and others who are positioned to influence physician well-being at the local level in their organizations.

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 already have a mandate to influence physician well-being at the local (e.g., departmental/division) level. Applicants who aspire to have such a role 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

Learning Objectives
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

Course Dates
This course consists of 6 weekly sessions; core curriculum with small-group exercises.

  • Spring 2023 Cohort: consecutive Tuesdays from April 4 – May 9, 2023 from 3:00 – 5:30 PM Pacific Time, with an optional 30 minutes of networking time after the educational session.
  • Fall 2023 Cohort: consecutive Thursdays from October 19 - November 30, 2023 (skipping Nov.23 for Thanksgiving) from 3:00-5:30 PM Pacific Time, with an optional 30 minutes of networking time after the educational session.

Participation in the course is free.

If you would like to obtain continuing education credit (15 hours) and/or a WellMD & WellPhD certificate of course completion, there is a $475 fee. 

Accreditation Statement
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 15 AMA PRA Category 1CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Contact Us
We encourage you to carefully read the information above. If your questions about the course are not answered here, please email us at We receive a high volume of emails regarding this course and attempt to respond in a timely manner, but we hope this website is able to address our frequently asked questions. 

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