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Systems Summit on Clinical Wellbeing

Date & Time Oct 26 - 28 2023 4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Location Robertson Hall
Experts from both medicine and policy spheres
Audience By Invitation Only

The Systems Summit on Clinical Wellbeing at Princeton University was a first-of-its-kind event designed by Dr. Bryant Adibe to bring together thought leaders from across disciplines to catalyze fresh ideas and elevate new perspectives in the pursuit of clinical wellbeing.



Co-sponsored by the American Medical Association (AMA), Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), Healing Works Foundation, and Princeton University’s Center for Health and Wellbeing and the Kahneman-Treisman Center for Behavioral Science & Public Policy, this invitation-only gathering was limited to fewer than 100 key individuals from a myriad of backgrounds including clinical medicine, health system leadership, healthcare economics, behavioral science, health policy, government, insurance/payors, theology, and others. Designed to be inspirational, informative, and impactful, the Summit aimed to foster novel insights through collaborative engagement between experts within and outside traditional clinical medicine backgrounds, including safety net hospitals and other under-resourced clinical environments.

The Summit emphasized a structural approach to enhancing wellbeing by placing a focus on the role of the system, and the interplay of policy and economics in shaping the operational realities of clinical practice. A unique focus of the gathering was its attention to system-level interventions over individual characteristics or personal resilience. A key outcome of the event was the identification and development of action-oriented recommendations to improve clinical wellbeing at both the health system and national levels.

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Thursday, October 26

Summit Kick-off reception, address, and dinner

A special Pre-conference Event on Thursday afternoon will address “Clinical Wellbeing in Under- Resourced Environments”

12 noon   Registration Opens

1:00 PM   Pre-conference event begins

Opening Remarks: Wayne Jonas, MD, President, Healing Works Foundation

Opening Keynote: Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH, President & CEO, America's Essential Hospitals 

Blitz Talks: 

  • Blitz #1: Achieving Clinical Well-being and Advanced Primary Care in a Safety Net Hospital: What Does it Take?
    • Alan Roth, DO, Chair, Department of Family Medicine and Ambulatory Care; Chief, Division of Integrative Pain and Palliative Care, Medisys, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
  • Blitz #2: Clinician Wellbeing: Why it Matters and What Policymakers Can Do About It
    • Heather Howard, JD, Professor of the Practice and Director, State Health and Value Strategies; Co-Director, Global Health Program, Center for Health and Wellbeing, Princeton University  

3:00 PM   Break 

3:15 PM   Panel: Wellbeing and System Leadership in Safety Net Institutions

  • Moderator: John Ayanian, MD, MPP, Editor in Chief, JAMA Health Forum; Director, Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation; Alice Hamilton Distinguished University Professor of Medicine and Healthcare Policy, University of Michigan
  • Elaine Batchlor, MD, MPH, CEO, MLK Community Healthcare 
  • Michael Grace, EdD, MBA, President & CEO, WVU Hospitals
  • Eric Wei, MD, MBA, SVP and CQO, NYC Health + Hospitals 

4:20 PM Closing Remarks: Wayne Jonas, MD, President, Healing Works Foundation

5:00 PM  Special Presentation: “What is Global Health and Where is it Going?” - Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, Assistant Administrator for Global Health, U.S. Agency for International Development

6:00 PM  Summit Opening Reception

7:00 PM Dinner and Opening Keynote: Michael McGinnis, MD, MA, MPP, Executive Officer, National Academy of Medicine


Friday, October 27

Full day engagement on the theme “Redesigning the Nation’s Healthcare System for Health and Wellbeing”

7:30 AM   Breakfast & Registration 

8:30 AM   Why Are We Here? Bryant Adibe, MD, MS, Sugarman Practitioner in Residence, School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

8:45 AM   Opening Keynote: John Halamka, MD, MS, President, Mayo Clinic Platform

9:15 AM   Panel: Scarcity and the Invisible Safety Net

  • Moderator: Bryant Adibe, MD, Princeton University
  • Janet Currie, PhD, MA, Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs; Co-Director, Center for Health and Wellbeing, Princeton University; President-Elect, American Economic Association
  • Eldar Shafir, PhD, Class of 1987 Professor of Behavioral Science and Public Policy; Director, Kahneman-Treisman Center for Behavioral Science & Public Policy, Princeton University

10:00 AM   Panel: Health and Wealth – How Can We Finance Wellbeing?

  • Moderator: Bryant Adibe, MD, Princeton University
  • Wayne Jonas, MD, President, Healing Works Foundation
  • Mai Pham, MD, MPH, President & CEO, Institute for Exceptional Care

10:45 AM   Break

11:00 AM   Blitz Talks

  • Blitz #1: Designing for Care Through Venture
    • Shahram Hejazi, PhD, Managing Director and CEO, BioAdvance Ventures; Entrepreneurship Specialist, Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education and former James Wei Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship, Princeton University
  • Blitz #2: Prioritizing Clinical Wellbeing in a Unique Era of Rapid Policy Change
    • Sarah Meier, PhD, MSc, Director, Payment and Care Delivery Policy; Assistant Professor of Health Services Research, Mayo Clinic
  • Blitz #3: Now What? Turning Your Well-being Strategy Into Action
    • Baligh Yehia, MD, MPP, MSc, President, Jefferson Health 

12:15 PM   Lunch

 1:30 PM   Panel: Designing Medical Education Pathways to Support Wellbeing and Innovation

  • Moderator: Jonathan Ripp, MD, MPH, Senior Associate Dean for Well-Being and Resilience, Chief Wellness Officer, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Carolyn Clancy, MD, Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Discovery, Education & Affiliate Networks (DEAN), Veterans Health Administration 
  • Fred Meyer, MD, Executive Dean of Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine 
  • Michael Stamos, MD, Dean, School of Medicine, UC Irvine 

2:30 PM   Breakout Sessions

3:30 PM   Facilitated Group Discussion

4:15 PM   Reflection Time with optional activities across campus and in nature (weather permitting)

6:30 PM   Reception

7:30 PM   Dinner 

  • Remarks by Tim Brigham, MDiv, MS, PhD, Chief of Staff, Chief Education Officer, ACGME
  • Keynote and Fireside Chat with Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, Former U.S. Surgeon General; Executive Director, Health Equity Initiatives, Distinguished Professor of Practice, Purdue University

Saturday, October 28

Engagement on the theme “Wellbeing Innovations for Healthcare Organizations”

7:30 AM   Breakfast

8:30 AM   Overview and Introduction: Kim Lomis, MD, Vice President, Medical Education Innovations, American Medical Association

8:40 AM   Opening Keynote: Christine Sinsky, MD, Vice President, Professional Satisfaction, American Medical Association 

9:45 AM   Blitz Talks

  • Blitz #1: Think Well, Serve Well, Live Well
    • Rosalyn Maben-Feaster, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Associate Director of the Women's Health Division, Interim Associate Chief Clinical Officer, Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital, University of Michigan 
  • Blitz #2: Why Wellness Isn’t Working
    • Greg Guldner, MD, MS, Vice President of Academic Affairs, HCA Healthcare 
  • Blitz #3: Veterans Health Administration’s Bold Investment in Chief Well-Being Officers
    • Kavitha Reddy, MD, Associate Director of Employee Whole Health, Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA); Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine 

11:00 AM   Lunch

12:00 PM   Blitz Talks

  • Blitz #1: Medical Education: Let’s Stop Eating Our Young
    • Jessica Bienstock, MD, MPH, Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, DIO; Professor, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Johns Hopkins University
  • Blitz #2: Trainee Burnout: We’re Already Plenty Resilient
    • Alison Goulder, MD, Gynecologic Oncology Fellow, Johns Hopkins University
  • Blitz #3: Exploring the Link Between Learning and Well-being
    • Kim Lomis, MD, Vice President, Medical Education Innovations, American Medical Association

1:15 PM   Next Steps and Closing Remarks with Wayne Jonas, MD, President, Healing Works Foundation; Bryant Adibe, MD, MS, Sugarman Practitioner in Residence, School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

2:00 PM   Summit Closes