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Become an Expert in Improving Work Life Conditions at your Institution and Beyond.

Background:  In 2015, the Association of Chiefs and Leaders in General Internal Medicine (ACLGIM) created the Work Life & Wellness Program and surveyed over 20 divisions of GIM in the United States to better understand physician burnout levels in GIM. Many of these divisions were able to use this data to make changes and “asks” of their hospital leadership to improve the worklife of their faculty members. In this process, ACLGIM learned that many division and leaders in GIM are hungry for expertise on how to lead these change efforts. In response, ACLGIM plans to continue its work to better understand, predict, and mitigate stress and burnout in GIM.

The WELL (Wellness Engaged Longitudinal Leaders) Program will build a community of “Wellness Champions” (WCs), from GIM and other primary care fields, who can improve worklife conditions at their home institution and to take their knowledge to other institutions facing stress and burnout.  ACLGIM has once again partnered with Dr. Mark Linzer, Division Director in GIM at Hennepin County Medical Center, and well known expert in the study of work life balance.  This year-long program will include an in-person training session and continued discussion and collaboration via an online community, all led by Dr. Mark Linzer.

In-Person Training:  One seven hour session will be held prior to the 2018 ACLGIM Management Training and Leadership Institute and the SGIM national meeting in Denver, CO, Tuesday, April 10, 2018. This session will train 20-25 national leaders in general internal medicine and partner primary care fields in mechanisms of stress, adverse and favorable work conditions, means to measure work conditions (short and long measures), specific issues surrounding the electronic health record (EHR), successful intervention types that can be readily implemented for system change, and examples of resilience training for enhanced coping.  

Online Community:  Using SGIM and ACLGIM’s online community – GIM Connect, a WELL community will be created for all WC’s.  Dr. Linzer and his team from Hennepin will join the community to provide guidance and resources and to field questions from WC’s.  To encourage regular discussion, prompts will be distributed by Dr. Linzer via the discussion board.   All resources provided at the training in phase one and any articles, tools, surveys, etc. shared with the group after will be cataloged in the library section of the WELL community. 

Program Fees:

ACLGIM & SGIM Member:  $1,500
Non-Member Primary Care Partner:  $2,500

The program fee covers the one day in-person training session on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 and access to the WELL online community.  The fee does not include travel or hotel costs for the in-person session.

The 2018-2019 application period is now closed. 

How to Apply:  

  1. Applicants must complete the WELL Program interest form (now closed).
  2. Please send a letter of support from you Department Chair or Medical Director that states that your Division is interested and willing to implement a mini-z survey to understand and predict stress and burnout within your Division.  This letter must also state the Divisions willingness to implement recommended changes to mitigate stress and burnout within your Division.Send your letter to Jillian Gann at 

Selection Process:
Consideration for the program will be based on your letter of support, demonstrating your Divisions willingness to consider and address burnout. 


We recommend that applicants make their hotel reservations when they apply to ensure availability. Attendees will need to arrive in time to start the program by 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 10th.  Book your hotel room here.

Questions?  Contact Jillian Gann at