HIMSS18 Annual Conference
Wynn Las Vegas
Mar. 5, 2018

Tait Shanafelt

Chief Wellness Officer
Stanford Medicine

Tait Shanafelt, MD, is originally from Seattle, Wash. and received his undergraduate degree from Washington State University.

He received his medical degree from the University of Colorado where he received the Hippocrates Award as the “Physician’s physician”, the Golden Head Cane Award as the outstanding student in internal medicine, and the Robert E. Glazer Award for leadership and service.
Tait returned to Seattle to perform his residency in internal medicine at the University of Washington where he received the “outstanding resident educator” award.

Tait later went on to hematology/oncology fellowship at Mayo Clinic where he received both the Mayo Brothers Distinguished Fellow Award and the Summerskill award for outstanding scientific research.

He spent the first 12 years of his career at the Mayo Clinic where he served a 3 year term as the president of the Mayo Clinic Voting Staff from 2013- 2016. In 2017, Dr. Shanafelt moved to Stanford where he is the Chief Wellness Officer of Stanford Medicine and Associate Dean at the Stanford School of Medicine.

March 5, 2018
8:35am - 9:05am

A medical oncologist by training, Tait Shanafelt, MD, is Stanford Medicine’s first chief wellness officer and a leading researcher on physician burnout and its impact on quality of care, access, and physician availability.

In a 2015 study that he co-authored, Dr. Shanafelt and his colleagues reported that burnout and satisfaction with work-life balance in U.S. physicians worsened from 2011 to 2014. In fact, more than half of all U.S. physicians, the researchers wrote, are now experiencing professional burnout.

That’s not good for physicians, and it’s certainly not good for patients.

In this opening keynote, Dr. Shanafelt will address the factors – including the rapid, often overwhelming introduction of health IT, including EHRs – that contribute to burnout and what must be done to recalibrate physician work-life balance and, concurrently, improve the quality of patient care.

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