• Leading Physician Well-being Program (LPW)

    Learn to Lead Change and Champion Well-being

    Be part of a tuition-free, 10-month series where you'll grow your knowledge and skills in three foundational areas:

    1. Physician well-being ― build expertise through education about the current state and importance of well-being, how to measure it, and best practices to achieve it, and develop a plan to raise awareness of its importance in your practice and organization.
    2. Leadership development ― learn how to lead through wielding influence, implement change management and performance improvement (PI) activities, and communicate with medical colleagues and others, and develop a change management plan to guide your organization’s work to improve physician well-being.
    3. Performance improvement ― gain hands-on experience by developing and implementing a PI-CME project in your practice or organization that’s expected to wrap up one year after the program’s educational experience concludes. This activity meets the ABFM Performance Improvement Activities requirements.

    This learning experience opportunity is made up of a mix of livestreamed and in-person events along with regular online learning activities―all of which combine to foster development of a supportive learning community.

    Applications for the 2023 program will open September 19, 2022. To receive a notification when applications open, email lpw@aafp.org.

    The Benefits of Participating in LPW

    At completion, you'll earn:

    • A Leading Physician Well-being certificate.
    • Recognition of being an AAFP thought leader and skills to serve as a spokesperson for physician well-being.
    • CME credit—at no cost to you.
    • ABFM Performance Improvement credits.

    Over the 10-month course, you will gain:

    • Peer-to-peer networking, guidance, and support from your colleagues.
    • The satisfaction of knowing you’re honing your leadership skills while becoming an effective agent for change and a physician well-being expert.
    • Career development as a physician well-being leader and champion.
    • A unique opportunity to complete a PI-CME project that directly impacts your practice organization and covers ABFM requirements for performance improvement.

    Creating Leaders of Change and Champions of Well-being

    Physician leadership has never been a more important skill for the family physician than it is today. Thoughtful and capable family physician leaders can provide stability in uncertain times for their office teams, among their health system colleagues, and within their community. This physician leadership enhances the quality of care that teams can provide to their patients, improves the morale of the care team, and helps communities stay focused on health-enhancing activities.

    Leading Physician Well-being (LPW), developed by the AAFP and funded by United Health Foundation, is a unique, tuition-free certificate program designed to help you develop the leadership skills you need to spearhead that change among the physicians and other clinicians in your practice or health care organization. 

    An extension of the Academy’s groundbreaking Physician Health First (PHF) initiative, LPW is finishing up its second year of the program, which included 120 physicians, and is excited to begin receiving applicants for the 2023 program. 

    All AAFP active members are eligible for LPW. Residents are eligible if they have the support of their residency program and should submit a letter of support from their program director.