Professional Development

Faculty Coaching

We encourage all of our faculty to pursue professional coaching early and not wait until issues have developed, simply because coaching is not limited to remediation.   Evidence shows that coaching is a useful professional, career and personal development approach that supports physician wellness and fulfillment as well as personal and professional achievement.  OAA sponsors and funds various coaching sources that are available to clinical and basic science faculty in all lines. 

Wellness Coaching

The WellMD/WellPhD office is the primary source for faculty coaching for wellness and personal and professional fulfillment. In conjunction with Stanford BeWell, a joint program offers  individualized coaching for all School of Medicine faculty, residents, fellows, nurses, Advanced Practice Providers (APPs), behavioral health providers, therapists and other licensed clinicians.  Included in this joint coaching program are five 1:1 sessions, by phone or Zoom with a dedicated, Nationally Board-Certified Stanford Health and Wellness Coach. Topics include self-compassion, setting healthy boundaries/self-advocacy, imposter phenomenon, navigating work and home demands,  and prioritizing self-care. For more information, contact

Executive & Leadership Coaching

Dr. Rania Sanford is the internal professional faculty coach at the School of Medicine. She holds a PCC credential (Professional Certified Coach) by the International Coach Federation and provides direct coaching to faculty. She also provides coach supervision through the Stanford Physician Certificate Program, trains faculty to become coaches through the school’s COACHME office, and makes referrals to external coaches. Rania is a confidential first point of contact for faculty interested in coaching but who are not sure where to start. 

An initial consultation helps determine the coaching needs and identify the appropriate referrals to outside coaches. Faculty members will work with Rania on a variety of coaching topics related to career paths and transitions; interpersonal dynamics; professional skills; inclusion, and performance. Coaching engagements range from 1-3 meetings to more ongoing and long-term commitments.  A coaching fee may be assessed depending on the nature and length of the engagement; the fees fund the school-wide faculty professional development programming. For referrals, OAA maintains a growing list of professional coaches who are familiar with Stanford Medicine. Contact:


COACHME@Stanford is Stanford’s office dedicated to coach development. Its mission is to build capacity across our institution for delivering coaching in medical education.  Coachme@Stanford was founded to answer the combined call from the AMA, AAMC, and ACGME to integrate coaching into medical education; and does so through developing and delivering a robust coach training curriculum for Stanford faculty and faculty at other organizations; direct coaching support to educators and clinical faculty in order to extend the benefits of coaching to medical trainees; expanding the availability of professional coaching at the School of Medicine; research on coaching impact; and partnerships within Stanford and externally. For more information, contact:

Physician Coaching in Clinical Settings 

Stanford Healthcare has developed a robust set of programs and resources to coach physicians in their roles as providers of care to patients.  For example, faculty who are interested in getting support related to communication with patients in various situations, care teams or others in their clinical practice may inquire about the available support by contacting  Programs that are offered include the ACES program and the VBCA: Values-Based Care Academy.