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Wellness Research

Examples of activities, efforts and programs to support Wellbeing:

  • Office of Professional Worklife is responsible for the work lives and wellness of 700+ health care providers at Hennepin Healthcare.
  • Institute of Professional Worklife - performs national and international projects in burnout reduction with the American Medical Association (AMA),the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and large healthcare organizations seeking to reduce burnout through worklife and workflow improvements
  • Buddy Program to connect faculty
  • Provider Wellness Survey
  • “in lieu” days
  • Mental Health Protection Plan
  • Reset Room
  • Belzer Family Provider Dining and Wellness Center
  • Research on provider wellness, burnout and moral injury


Key Department of Medicine Wellness research:

Dr.  Mark Linzer

Dr. Linzer's Publications

Dr. Linzer has performed foundational work to define the impact of physician burnout in patient care and identify remediable work conditions to improve outcomes for clinicians and patients. He has devoted the past 20 years to making healthcare systems better, safer and more sustainable places for clinicians and their patients.

Dr. Michelle LeClaire

Dr. LeClaire's Publications

Dr. LeClaire is Service Line Director for the Critical Care Units at Hennepin Healthcare, our Interim Chief Wellness Officer (CWO), and a longstanding member of the Office of Professional Worklife. She performs ground breaking studies in moral injury in the Hennepin ICUs and nationally with the AMA in the Coping with Covid national survey.

Dr. Martin Stillman

Dr. Stillman's Publications 

Dr. Stillman, a general internist, lawyer and Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine, often utilizes his experience of conflict management and mediation to assist Hennepin and other organizations in bringing about necessary changes to promote physician wellness and departmental harmony. He works closely with the AMA and is a co-author on several high impact publications from the Coping with Covid study. He also co-directed the BETER study at Hennepin, a randomized trial of mentoring to reduce burnout.ennepin, a randomized trial of mentoring to reduce burnout.