The first Physician Wellness Fellowship of its kind in the nation, this fellowship program is led by nationally recognized faculty, preeminent in the field of phyician wellness.
Fellows benefit from immersion in the Stanford Department of Emergency Medicine, which has made physician wellness a top priority, and Stanford School of Medicine, which has demonstrated a strong commitment to physician wellness, offering a designated Chief Wellness Officer, a WellMD Center, and an Office of Medical Student Wellness.
This two-year fellowship includes the option to apply and complete a Masters of Education.
The primary goals of this fellowship are to:
1) Master the amassing knowledge base of physician wellness literature.
2) Take a leadership role in our Emergency Medicine department physician wellness plan.
3) Participate in our Stanford Health Care physician wellness efforts.
4) Develop, implement, analyze, and present a personal research project relating to physician wellness. There is also an expectation to write a publishable manuscript.
5) Create and develop physician wellness projects throughout the year.
6) Create and deliver educational sessions for various audiences including medical students, residents, nurses and faculty.
7) Participate as clinically active faculty at the level of Instructor in the Clinician Educator line.
Fellows can also take advantage of the many benefits of our beautiful locale, including close proximity to urban entertainment in San Francisco, the restorative Napa/Sonoma Valley wine country, and the stunning Sierra Nevada mountains for hiking and skiing.
The Physician Wellness fellowship curriculum includes:
Monthly lectures for all Department of Emergency Medicine fellows.
A monthly Physician Wellness Forum with invited speakers and enrichment sessions.
Robust reference library to master.
Clinical opportunities in the Stanford Emergency Department equal to those of our other fellowships.
Opportunity for external collaboration with a number of institutions.
Fellows combine clinical shifts in an academic teaching hospital with didactics.
Fellows are required to work 8 shifts per month (approximately 15 hours per week) as Attending Physician in the emergency department (ED) at Stanford University Hospital, with an academic appointment of Clinical Instructor in the Clinician Educator Line at Stanford University.
While attending in the ED, fellows supervise residents and medical students.
Clinical time is spent at Stanford University Hospital which is a world-renowned medical center. It is a Level 1 Adult and Pediatric trauma center with aero-medical transport. The diverse and high acuity patient population provides an excellent opportunity to continue to master clinical skills.
All fellows must be ABEM board certified/eligible.
Fellowship Director Al'ai Alvarez, MD profile | email
Director of Well-Being
Stanford EM Physician Wellness Fellow Amanda Deutsch, MD
My focus is on sustaining the well-being of the emergency department through fostering a sense of community that excels for their patients without the cost of their interests, mental wellbeing, and career. I believe this is achieved through operationalizing system-level initiatives in order to refine process improvements. I do this by working on interprofessional collegiality, with our clinops team, and our human potential team to find how we can best support our colleagues.
My most recent endeavor was co-leading the first-ever StopTheStigmaEM month and campaign nationally to break down barriers around emergency physicians seeking mental health care. Currently I am collaborating nationally on the power and value of gratitude and appreciation in the Emergency Department and focusing on the safety of the emergency department at my institution by de-escalating situations before they can become violent.
I hope to shift the culture of medicine to look at system-level changes that support and value the everyday work the teams and individuals do in the hospital to care for patients.
I chose Stanford to advance my career as a leader in physician wellness. This includes working with world-class leaders in the field, while broadening my national presence on the topic. In pursuit of my vision to change the current culture and optimize physician well-being, I wanted to get state-of-the-art, hands-on experience at the clinical and operational levels, while pursuing scholarly projects and implementing practical examples of wellness initiatives.
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Board-eligible or board-certified emergency medicine physician from 4 year ACGME-accredited emergency medicine residency programs or 3 year ACGME EM programs with minimum 1 year post-graduate experience