Dear Colleagues,

We recognize that, for many, this can be a stressful time of year. Emotional turmoil can also be exacerbated by ongoing global, national, and local events that affect us each uniquely, based on our own experience, history, and personal and family circumstances. 

Stanford University and the School of Medicine have established a number of resources to provide individual support. I would like to remind you of several resources tailored to the needs of Stanford School of Medicine residents, fellows, and faculty and encourage you to reach out for support whenever needed. Please note that one of these resources is also available to support your family members and dependents if they are experiencing emotional distress

Confidential consultation service designed specifically for Stanford faculty, residents, and fellows to provide timely access to counseling, stress management and coping skills, and wellness coaching (including strategies to mitigate burnout), as well as mental health services and referrals. Open to all benefits-eligible SOM faculty as well as fellows and residents. Access this benefit at or (650) 724-1395.

Physician Resource Network (PRN) Peer Support
Confidential, independent, legally-protected, timely collegial support and resources to assist Stanford SoM faculty, residents, and fellows with life’s inevitable clinical, professional, and personal challenges. This program typically consists of 1-2 interactions with a trained colleague. Contact PRN Peer Support at

Faculty Staff Help Center
Professional and confidential counseling about work-related or personal issues. Short-term counseling is available for faculty, residents, fellows, post-docs, and staff, as well as their family members and dependents. Spouses, domestic partners, and dependents up to age 26 can access the Help Center independently. (Children 12 and under need to be assessed by phone with parent to determine suitability of services.) This benefit includes 10 free sessions per topic. Request an appointment at

Tait Shanafelt, M.D.
Jeanie & Stewart Ritchie Professor of Medicine
Chief Wellness Officer, Stanford Medicine
Director, WellMD & WellPhD Center
Associate Dean, Stanford School of Medicine

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