2022 Stanford Medicine Faculty Survey: Initial Clinical Results
Thank you for your participation in the 2022 Stanford Medicine Faculty Survey. We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience and provide suggestions for improvement. We surpassed the overall response rate goal of 65% for the clinical version of the survey. This response rate has allowed us to generate meaningful organization-wide and local-level data analyses that reflect your experience at Stanford Medicine.
The preliminary organization-wide results from the clinical version of the 2022 Faculty Survey have been shared with school and hospital leadership. Over the coming months, improvement teams in a number of areas will begin working to develop organization-level action plans based on the results. 
The organization-wide clinical survey results are summarized in the following video:
A succinct summary of some of the key SoM-level results is provided in bullet form at the bottom of this email.
Your department specific results will be shared with your department leadership team early next week and should be presented to you by your Department Well-being Director at an upcoming faculty meeting. If you haven’t seen your department-level results by July 10, please reach out to us.
We will also share division-level clinical results with your Department Chair and Division/Section Chief for all divisions/sections with at least 5 respondents. Your Division Chief should present these results to you and will work to incorporate the results into local improvement plans.
Next Steps
Your input and feedback on the survey is the first step in a robust improvement cycle that involves the school and hospitals as well improvement teams in each department. The WellMD & WellPhD Team will also meet to review and discuss each department’s results with the Chair, Administrative Leader, Department Well-being Director, and Department Improvement Leader over the next 1-2 months. Your Department Well-being Director plans to lead further discussions with faculty in your department to identify and prioritize department-level improvement efforts to complement organizational-level action.

The purpose of this survey is to drive change. Making progress requires intervention at the school, hospital, department, and division-level. We thank you again for your participation and hope you will actively participate in the upcoming improvement efforts in your department and division over the next several months.


Tait Shanafelt, M.D.
Jeanie & Stewart Ritchie Professor of Medicine 
Chief Wellness Officer, Stanford Medicine
Director, WellMD Center
Associate Dean, Stanford School of Medicine
Note: The results represented in the video reflect the perspectives and experiences among core clinical faculty at Stanford Medicine. Results for Stanford Medicine research-based core faculty are being analyzed separately and will be disseminated in the coming weeks. 
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Highlights of the organization-wide clinical results can also be found below:
  • The overall response rate for the clinical survey was 69%, which surpassed our goal of 65%.
  • Mean burnout scores across the SoM are slightly higher than the Fall 2020, which were higher than the 2019 survey. The proportion of Stanford clinical faculty with high burnout scores were 36% in 2019 compared to 43% in 2022.
  • Mean professional fulfillment scores improved between 2019 and 2020 and declined in 2022. Current scores are lower than 2020 but slightly higher than 2019. 
  • Consistent with national trends, mean scores for burnout were higher and professional fulfillment scores were lower for women faculty relative to their male counterparts at each time point during the past 3 survey cycles.
  • The results for the School of Medicine overall do not capture the diversity of experience across departments. Some departments have had marked improvements in burnout/professional fulfillment and others substantial worsening in scores.
  • Similarly, some departments have burnout and professional fulfillment scores favorable to specialty-specific national benchmarks whereas others have scores that are worse than specialty-specific national benchmarks.
  • Scores in most key driver domains (supportive leadership behaviors score, individual-organization values alignment, teamwork climate, sleep-related impairment, negative impact of work on personal relationships, self-valuation, EHR satisfaction, efficiency of clinical practice environment) have remained stable over the past 3 survey cycles but show tremendous variability across departments.
  • Compared to other academic medical centers nationally, Stanford’s overall supportive leadership behaviors scores are favorable and individual-organizational values alignment scores are unfavorable.
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