OCT 12 - OCT 13

2017 American Conference on Physician Health: Creating an Organizational Foundation to Achieve Joy in Medicine

Palace Hotel - San Francisco, CA

In a first of its kind collaboration, the American Medical Association, the Mayo Clinic and Stanford Medicine are working closely together to not only host this conference, but more importantly to inspire organizations throughout the country to seek ways to bring back the joy in medicine for all our physicians.  


The registration for this conference has exceeded the venue capacity. Please do not request an exception. We appreciate your interest, however, we cannot accommodate any additional requests.

Keynote Speakers

One Nation Under Stress: Improving Emotional Well-being in America

Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA
19th Surgeon General of the United States

Colin West, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine, Medical Education, and Biostatistics
Associate Progam Director, Physician Well-Being
Mayo Clinic

Building a Culture of Joy in Medicine: Challenges and Opportunities

Christine Sinsky, MD
Vice President, Professional Satisfaction
American Medical Association

Healing the Healer

Abraham Verghese, MD, MACP
Professor of Medicine
Vice Chair of Theory and Practice
Director of Stanford Interdisciplinary Center, Presence
Stanford University School of Medicine

Plenary Speakers

Creating a Culture of Wellness: Organizational Approaches to Promoting Physician Well-being

Tait Shanafelt, MD
Stanford Medicine Chief Wellness Officer, WellMD Center Director, Stanford University School of Medicine

Self-Compassion: Why it's Vital to your Personal Resilience

Kelly McGonigal, PhD
Health Psychology Lecturer
Stanford University

How the Electronic Health Record Contributes to Burnout — and Why It Just Might Be the Cure

Robert M. Wachter, MD
Holly Smith Distinguished Professor in Science and Medicine Benioff Endowed Chair in Hospital Medicine
Professor Medicine
Chairman, Department of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco

Closing Panel

Action Agenda for Joy in Practice

  • Sarah Krevans, MBA, MPH
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Sutter Health Network

Steve Strongwater, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer
Atrius Health


        Andrea Sikon, MD, FACP
        Chair, Department of Internal Medicine
        Cleveland Clinic

  • Lloyd Minor, MD
    Carl and Elizabeth Naumann Dean of the School of Medicine
    Professor of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery, Bioengineering, and of Neurobiology, by courtesy
    Stanford University School of Medicine


Tina Shah, MD, MPH
White House Fellow
US Department of Veterans Affairs


Course Directors

Course Director (host)

Bryan Bohman, MD
Senior Adviser, Stanford WellMD Center
CMO, University Healthcare Alliance
Stanford University School of Medicine

Co-Course Director (host)

Mary Lou Murphy, MS
Administrative Director, WellMD Center
Stanford School of Medicine


The Physicians Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization, committed to empowering physician leadership in the delivery of high quality, cost efficient healthcare. This mission is pursued through a variety of activities, including grant-making and providing research, white papers and policy studies. The Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $40 million, supporting programs related to physician leadership, physician practice trends, physician shortage and health information technology (HIT). As the healthcare system in America continues to evolve, The Physicians Foundation is steadfast in its determination to strengthen the physician-patient relationship, and assist physicians in sustaining their medical practices. www.physiciansfoundation.org


The Stanford Model

The Stanford Medicine model for physician wellness is the organizing framework for this conference. The focus of both the model and the conference is on physician professional fulfillment, defined as happiness or meaningfulness, self-worth, self-efficacy and satisfaction at work. The model identifies three domains that need to be addressed to achieve fulfillment, a much higher goal than just reducing physician burnout. 

A Continuing Medical Education Conference

Hosted by the Stanford University School of Medicine in collaboration with the American Medical Association and the Mayo Clinic.

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