The Stanford WellMD & WellPhD Center is offering a virtual 6 session course designed for physicians who are directing and leading local physician well-being efforts. Utilizing the Stanford Model of Professional FulfillmentTM, this course will equip leaders with the skills and tools necessary to catalyze changes at the local level in departments, divisions, practices, sites and groups to achieve the greatest impact, as they initiate or expand focus on physician fulfillment and well-being. Throughout the course, participants will have the opportunity to experiment with course content and resources in robust small group exercises during the sessions and apply these in their organizations between sessions. Target course participants include physician well-being directors, chiefs, chairs, medical directors, wellness committee leaders, quality improvement leaders, program improvement leaders, residency program directors and others who are able to influence physician well-being in their organizations.

This activity is supported by a gift from The Jen-Hsun & Lori Huang Foundation.

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Key Homework Dates

We have some homework for you over the arc of the course and would like for you to be aware of key dates, so you can start planning now and reserving appropriate time with colleagues during these time periods.

March 3-8: Schedule at least 30 minutes with your local team to experience a Comradery Group. After the March 2nd session, we’d like you to assemble a group of 4-6 colleagues to experience a Comradery Group, which has been shown to improve professional fulfillment in physicians at institutions across the country. You will experience a comradery group and receive instructions during the March 2nd session on how to facilitate one yourself.

March 9: Appreciative Inquiry – During the March 9th meeting, we will teach you how to lead a listening session, focusing on drawing on strengths. After this session, we’d like you to congregate a group of colleagues so you might lead appreciative inquiry in your group. (10 - 15 mins/person)

March 23: My Life In Thirds – Values alignment is a huge component of professional fulfillment. One method of learning about one’s own values and the values of others is the through the “My Life in Thirds” exercise. Please reserve time with at least two colleagues or a larger group who can break into groups of three to experience this within your own social or professional circle. (35 mins)

March 30: Meet with your leader and champions – After completion of the course, we’d like you to meet with your leader to discuss what you have learned and next steps for your department or clinic. We will give you more guidance on this in the future, but it’s prudent to reserve time with your leadership now. Ideally this would occur before our follow up sessions on April 27th and May 25th. If you have a group of colleagues who are working on well-being efforts with you, consider meeting with them to share what you learned in the course.

Session 1: Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Building a Foundation
State of the Problem & Framework for Solutions
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging: What's that got to do with well-being?
A Physician’s Journey to Well-being
Questions and Practical Issues

Session 2: Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Nurturing Well-Being at the Individual and Group Level
Personal Resilience
Mindfulness Exercise
Community & Comradery

Session 3: Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Leader Behaviors and Approaching your Colleagues
Leader Behaviors/ Ask, Listen and Empower
Current State of Your Unit
Approaching your Colleagues
Appreciative Inquiry Exercise

Session 4: Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Reaching Out to Make a Difference
Evidence-Based Interventions to Improve Fulfillment & Reduce Burnout
Starting a Project: Gaining Alignment
The Importance of Self Valuation
Self-Compassion Exercise

Session 5: Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Improvement Science Basics & "Wellness" Projects
Efficiency of Practice: Improvement Science
Intersection of QI, PI & Well-Being
Change Management
My Life in Thirds Exercise

Session 6: Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Bringing it All Together: What Does Success Look Like?
"Wellness" Projects: What Does Success Look Like?
Panel Discussion: Leading Successful Projects
Fulfillment and Well-Being Summary

Follow Up Sessions 1 and 2: April 27 and May 25

Our learning community is invited to attend two sessions to address common questions and challenges centering around aligning key stakeholders and launching local projects. Your discussion and questions during the course will further shape these sessions.

Course Schedule

All sessions 3:00 - 5:30pm PST
Session 1: February 23, 2021
Session 2: March 2, 2021
Session 3: March 9, 2021
Session 4: March 16, 2021
Session 5: March 23, 2021
Session 6: March 30, 2021
Follow up #1: April 27, 2021
Follow up #2: May 25, 2021

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Daniel J. Murphy, Jr, MD
Course Director
Department Well-being Director Council, Director

Rachel Roberts, MD
Course Director
Department Well-being Director Council, Director

Jo Townson, MS.Ed.
Education Program Manager
Stanford WellMD & WellPhD Center

Laura Corbett
CME Compliance Manager
Stanford Center for CME