Wellbeing & Resilience for Physicians

wellbeing and resilience for physicians

Are you a physician who would like to enroll in this program? Check out our Wellbeing & Resilience program designed specifically for physicians.

Burnout is a critical issue among physicians. Those experiencing burnout are more likely to develop alcohol abuse/dependence, and are at an increased risk of developing depression and suicidal ideation. Physicians die by suicide at two times the rate of the general population and have a depression rate of 39%. 

While much needs to be done at the organizational level to foster cultures of wellbeing, it is essential for individual physicians to cultivate their own personal wellbeing and resilience. This six-week, mobile-platform based foundational program builds the skills to do just that. 

The program was developed with input from physicians and resident program leaders and can be accessed anytime, anywhere - while going for a run, on the commute to work, or while relaxing at home.

Topics include:

  • Surviving the Challenges of the Healthcare Environment - Why healthcare organizations need to address provider burnout and what you can do for yourself. 
  • Mindfulness for Wellbeing - How mindfulness can protect us from stress and help us function more effectively at work and home.  
  • Lifestyle Change: How to Get Unstuck - How you can get unstuck and make the changes you want in your life.
  • Working with Thoughts and Emotions - How to work with your thoughts and emotions for a positive effect on your behavior and health.
  • Discovering Purpose, Meaning and Joy - How discovering meaning in work protects you from burnout.
  • Relationships and Resilience - How connecting with others at work and at home provides essential support and promotes resilience.

Featured program experts:

  • Week 1 - Kaz Nelson, MD
  • Week 2 - Alex Haley, JD, MBA
  • Week 3 - Karen Lawson, MD
  • Week 4 - Lidia Zylowska, MD
  • Week 5 - Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Week 6 - Liz Ferron, MSW, LICSW


  • Femi Akinnagbe, Medical Student
  • Abdel 'Ab' Ghani El Rafei, Medical Resident

Why Invest in Physician Wellbeing?

Stress and burnout of physicians is a major public health issue. Clinician burnout is linked with decreased quality of care and increased medical errors, decreased patient satisfaction, and reduced productivity and professional effort. Stress and burnout also impacts the wellbeing of the workforce resulting in increased broken relationships, increased alcohol and substance abuse, depression, anxiety, increased risk of suicide, and early exit from the profession.

National Academy of Medicine: https://nam.edu/clinicianwellbeing/effects

To learn more about bringing this program to your organization or team, please contact Sue Nankivell, Director of Business Development and Community relations, at sue@umn.edu.