Individual Physician Wellness and Burnout Tools

Use this collection of Podcasts, TED Talks, blogs, apps, and more to take a deeper dive into improving your personal well-being and professional satisfaction.

CME-Eligible Activities, TED Talks, Podcasts and Webinars

  1. CME-eligible Physician Well-being Activities - A complete listing of all the physician well-being activities offering CME credits.
  2. Building Your Resilient Self - This free webinar led by Gail Gazelle, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, executive coach for physicians and physician leaders, teaches how to build resilience in your life and in your practice. 
  3. Medical Student Well-being: Don’t Forget About Us - In this playback webinar, Micah Beachy, DO, FACP, discusses the importance of well-being for medical students and shares strategies for how to maintain it while in school and throughout training. Q&A follows. 
  4. Brene Brown: Listening to Shame:
  5. Atul Gawande: How We Heal Medicine:
  6. Shawn Achor: The Happy Secret to Better Work:
  7. Brian Goldman: Doctors make mistakes:
  8. Suzie Brown: Concert of melody & medicine:  
  9. – The Doctor Paradox is a podcast series addressing “why despite having incredibly meaningful jobs, doctors are increasingly unhappy in their work”
  10. “Souls on Fire: Narratives that Inspire” produced by McMaster Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning
  11. Finding Joy in Medicine. Cheng C and Greenhalgh S.
  12. Mindfulness in Medicine. Horwitch C.
  13. Negotiating Skills. Aiyer, M. and S. Rusch
  14. Sustainable Leadership. O’Malley C, Hingle S.
  15. Time Management for Leaders. Jokela, J.
  16. Just Show Up, Sheryl Sandberg on how to help someone who is grieving:


  1. Professional Health and Wellness Mini-Portfolio - This portfolio features four 10-minute micro skills that promote self-care and professional health and wellness.
  2. – The Institute for the Study of Health and Illness (ISHI) provides education and support for health professionals who aspire to practice a medicine of service, human connection, and compassionate healing
  3. – The world’s first comprehensive, online physician health and wellness resource that helps physicians, residents, and medical students be resilient in their professional and personal lives. 
  4. – Kaiser program for Physician Wellness
  5. – Center for Mind-Body Medicine – access to evidence-based strategies for relieving stress and promoting wellness
  7. DIMENSIONS: Work & Well-Being Toolkit for Physicians. Morris CW, Richey, RM, Martin LF, Morris CD.
  8. – Stanford School of Medicine website to promote physician health and resiliency.
  9. – Dike Drummond’s website about physician burnout and solutions
  10. Compendium of Mind-Body Resources and Tools 
  11. Self-Care 
  12. Mindful Practice 
  13. Guided Meditation 
  14. Self-Compassion

Mini But Mighty Skills for Well-being

Applicable for systems, organizations, and individuals, learn actionable well-being skills through micro-learnings (10-15 minutes) that meet clinicians’ just-in-time and ongoing change needs.

Learn More

Wellness Apps

  1. Provider Resilience (Free)
  2. Breathe2Relax (Free)
  3. Virtual Hope Box (Free)
  4. T2 Mood Tracker (Free) 
  5. Life Armor (Free)
  6. Take a Break! (Free)
  7. Insight Timer (Free) (also contains meditations about grief)
  8. Parenting2Go (Free)
  9. The Happy MD ($9.99)
  10. Headspace (free 10 day trial) 
  11. Buddify ($2.99 - Android app)

Medical Humanism Blogs

  1. – publishing personal accounts of illness and healing, fostering the humanistic practice of medicine  
  2. –  Kevin MD

Lay Press

  1. Klass, P.  Taking care of the physician.  New York Times. November 13, 2017.
  2. Pryor, L.  Doctors are human too.  New York Times. April 21, 2017.
  3. Sinha, P.  Why do doctors commit suicide? New York Times. Sept 4, 2014.
  4. NZ doctor’s Hippocratic Oath change passed.  Radionz.  2017.