Physician Health

Joy in Medicine™: Impact


Since its inception in 2019, the Joy in Medicine™ program has recognized over 100 organizations across the country for system-wide efforts to improve the well-being of their workforces. Building on the program criteria, these organizations have implemented systemic change to help care for caregivers. Explore the impact of the Joy in Medicine program through the experiences of staff at recognized organizations.

Joy in Medicine: Daniel Marchalik, MD, quote

Atrius Health

Located: Massachusetts

Recognized: 2023–Silver, 2021–Silver

This health system spotlight (PDF) provides an inside look at the early days of Atrius Health’s well-being program, their approach to actively engage all departments in their well-being efforts, and a coaching program available to all leaders inside the organization to help leaders focus on developing core leader behaviors and activating their teams to identify solutions.


Located: Delaware

Recognized: 2021–Bronze

This health system spotlight (PDF) provides an overview of Bayhealth’s efforts to measure the well-being of their physicians and incorporate those learnings into their long-term strategy to foster joy in medicine.

Bozeman Health

Located: Montana

Recognized: 2021–Bronze

This health system spotlight (PDF) offers insight into Bozeman Health’s “pebble in the shoe” program—an 8-week program for physicians to meet and identify small nuisances in the electronic health record (EHR) that prevent them from doing their jobs more efficiently. Bozeman leverages EHR data to measure the impact and success of this program.

Ochsner Health

Located: Louisiana, Mississippi, and the Gulf South

Recognized: 2023–Gold, 2021–Gold, 2019–Silver

This health system spotlight (PDF) provides a peek into Ochsner’s strategic efforts and investment into the professional well-being of their clinicians as they seek long-term culture transformation.

Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG)

Located: California

Recognized: 2023–Gold, 2021–Gold, 2019–Bronze

This health system spotlight (PDF) highlights the SCPMG’s use of data and well-being assessments to inform strategic solutions, honest communications, and transparent leadership.

AMA Health System Program

Hear directly from staff at organizations that have leveraged the Joy in Medicine program to enact change in their systems by watching videos on the program and its six program pillars that influence well-being.

AMA staff and leaders from health systems recognized by the Joy in Medicine program—including ChristianaCare, UNC Healthcare, Medstar Health, University of Michigan Medical School, UPMC, and Stanford Medicine–share the origins and impact of the program since its inception in 2019.


Leaders from UCHealth, Thundermist Health Center, Children’s Mercy Kansas City, and Sanford Health discuss how the Assessment pillar encourages organizational commitment to measuring physician burnout.


Leaders from UNC Healthcare, Sanford Health, Stanford Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, and BJC Medical Group discuss how the Commitment pillar provides guidance on building structural support for workforce well-being in health systems.

Efficiency of Practice Environment

Leaders from Ascension Medical Group, MedStar Health, Northwestern Medicine, and ChristianaCare discuss how the Efficiency of Practice Environment pillar encourages organizations to optimize electronic health record use.


Leaders from LCMC Health and Boston Medical Center discuss how the Teamwork pillar encourages organizations to build a community among colleagues to help foster and encourage well-being.


Leaders from Mount Sinai Health System, University of Utah Health, and UPMC discuss how the Leadership pillar emphasizes the importance of leadership development in effecting systemic change to better support well-being.


Leaders from Spectrum Health, ChristianaCare, and Oak Street Health discuss how the Support pillar offers a multi-dimensional approach to supporting physicians and APPs so they can take the best care of their patients.