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

*Update as of July 1, 2022: The application for Cohort 4 is now open. Please carefully read the information below, which contains the link to apply for the course. Applications will be vetted on a rolling basis until the course is full. We cannot guarantee a seat in the course, but if you are part of the target audience (e.g., department/unit-level physician occupational well-being leaders), we encourage you to apply. If you are a Chief Wellness Officer, or other c-level executive, we encourage you to apply instead to our Chief Wellness Officer Course (CWOC). 

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, 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 and others who are positioned to influence physician well-being at the local level in their organizations.
  • Learners apply and are vetted for participation in the course. In making decisions we especially attune to learner role and scope. We primarily accept              physician leaders who already have (or aspire to have) a mandate to influence physician well-being at the local (e.g., departmental/division) level.

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 Details
The next cohort of the Stanford Medicine WellMD & WellPhD Physician Well-being Director Course will start on Tuesday, October 4, 2022, 3:00-5:30PM Pacific Time and run for six consecutive Tuesdays. The course will be hosted through a secure learning management portal and weekly Zoom sessions. Following each session, from 5:30-6:00PM Pacific Time will be an optional networking session.  If you are accepted into the course, you will be instructed on how to access the material and live sessions. 

This Fall 2022 cohort of the Physician Well-being Director Course is supported by Stanford WellMD & WellPhD and is provided at no cost to accepted applicants.

Application Process
Apply Here for Cohort 4

Before you start your application, please note that acceptance to the course is limited to the target audience, which includes physician well-being leaders who are agents of change in their organizations at the department, division, or unit level.

The application is designed to take less than 30 minutes. In your application you will be asked information including:

  • Your name, contact information, and degree
  • Your organization
  • Your role and scope
  • Whether you have protected time for your physician well-being work
  • The number of physicians whose occupational well-being you lead initiatives for
  • Any other populations you lead well-being initiatives for
  • Who in your organization supports your work
  • How many years you have been leading physician well-being efforts
  • The biggest challenges you are facing as you lead this work
  • Your goals for participating in this course

You will receive the results of your application by email, usually within two weeks of your application submission. If you are part of the target audience (e.g., physician occupational well-being leaders who are agents of change in their organizations at the department, division, or unit level) we encourage you to block the dates in your calendar for the course. If you are part of the target audience and we cannot accommodate you in this cohort, we will keep you in our system for a future course.

If you are accepted, you will receive a welcome email with further information about how to access the course sessions and content. The course is a live, synchronous class that runs each week over the six-week period for a 2.5 hour learning session followed by a .5 hour networking session. In between sessions there are 1-2 hours of reading and other activities.  Please apply for the course only if you can secure the time necessary to be successful in this learning experience.

If you are not accepted into this course, we encourage the following:

  • Leaders with organization-wide responsibilities for physician well-being (e.g. c-suite leaders or those cultivating the well-being of 200+ physicians) are            encouraged to apply for our Chief Wellness Officer Course which occurs annually in person in California near Stanford University. 
  • Medical students, researchers, medical education consultants, non-physician leaders, and others who do not have a current role or title related to physician  occupational well-being are encouraged to explore the other resources on our website and to check back often, as we continually update and enhance our offerings. 

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Information
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 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

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
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 very 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.