One of the first of its kind in the nation, this fellowship program is led by nationally-recognized faculty, preeminent in the field of physician wellness.
Wellness in the emergency department presents significant challenges from a systems and individual perspective. Emergency physicians have one of the highest burnout rates in medicine. Given the emerging link between physician wellness and patient care, impacting the wellness and effectiveness of just one physician can impact the lives of thousands of people they will treat.
Stanford has established itself as a preeminent institution in the study and promotion of physician wellness. Fellows benefit from immersion in the Stanford Department of Emergency Medicine, which has made physician wellness a top priority, and Stanford Healthcare and Stanford School of Medicine, which have demonstrated a strong commitment to physician wellness, offering a designated Chief Wellness Officer position, a WellMD Center, and an Office of Medical Student Wellness.
This one-year fellowship can be extended by one additional year to apply and complete a Masters of Education.
The primary goals of this fellowship are to:
1) Master how to navigate and process the constantly-expanding knowledge base of physician wellness literature.
2) Take a leadership role in our Department of Emergency Medicine 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.
Wellness is not just a focus of study. Fellows are encouraged to 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.
Participation in fellowship and departmental activities is required, offering fellows opportunity to develop their academic, presentation and teaching skills.
Attending monthly lectures for all Department of Emergency Medicine fellows.
Attending a monthly Physician Wellness Forum with invited speakers and enrichment sessions.
Mastering a robust reference library.
Collaborating externally with a number of institutions.
Attending/presenting at the American Conference on Physician Health and the International Conference on Physician Health.
Research Activities and Program Development
In addition to participating in department projects, fellows also initiate an independent research project or a new wellness program.
Mentorship is provided by the fellowship directors and other appropriate faculty. An educational stipend is available to the fellows. Learning how to access funding sources is an important skill in academics so securing additional support for individual research or fellow initiated program is encouraged.
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.
Fellows have the option to work as attendings in the ED of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC). SCVMC is also a level 1 adult and pediatric trauma center, serving the San Jose regional area. SCVMC is part of the County medical system and serves a diverse population of patients.
All fellows must be ABEM board certified/eligible.
Submit application by September 30
Decision made by November 15
Board Eligible/Certified in Emergency Medicine
Residency program completion
Background and interest in physician wellness
How to Apply
Submit a letter of interest, CV and three letters of reference to the fellowship director: