Physician Wellness

The physician wellness program at Beaumont Health has the mission to promote and support healthy emotional and physical well-being of all physicians in the Beaumont Health system.

Research in the area of workplace satisfaction and joy in one's life revolves around an integration between purpose-driven work and supportive family and friends. As physicians, we want the same thing, personal and professional fulfillment in life. Personal fulfillment can be attained by doing purposeful work with a trusted team. 

Take time for you with mindfulness practices led by Dr. Ruth Lerman. Weekly online meditation groups are available. For more information, visit

The individual and team successes depend on:

  • a culture of wellness within the organization
  • efficiency of practice
  • personal resilience

This has been well described and researched by the Stanford Medicine Well MD team.

The programs that are being developed will:

  • promote self-compassion and personal growth
  • collectively create a meaningful, productive, compassionate workplace that encourages and empowers physicians to work in a community to support one another. 
  • develop personal skills which will help us thrive in the stressful environment inherent to the practice of medicine, and enable us to support our colleagues.



The Wellness Team

nowak-peggyPeggy Nowak, M.D.
Executive Director, Physician Wellness
Beaumont Health, Associate Professor Surgery OUWB
Contact Dr. Nowak

Amy Williams, Ph.D., LP
Director, Behavioral Health
Residents, Fellows and Physicians
Contact Dr. Williams

lerman-ruthRuth Lerman, M.D.
Medical Director, Beaumont Center for Mindfulness
Director, Stress Reduction Programs,
Physician Wellness
Contact Dr. Lerman
mcparlane-jacklynJacklyn McParlane, D.O., FACOEP
Physician Wellness & Peer Support, Beaumont Health
Certified Health & Wellness Coach
Contact Dr. McParlane

Center for Mindfulness

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a way of being happier, healthier and more in touch with your life. Mindfulness trains the mind and body to respond skillfully to whatever comes up.


What is Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction?

MBSR is a scientifically validated educational program that teaches meditation, yoga, mindful eating and communication. It has helped tens of thousands of people around the world.

Research shows that MBSR can teach people how to alleviate anxiety, depression, high blood press, stress at home and work, chronic pain and many other common, stress-related diseases and conditions.

The worldwide, gold-standard mindfulness training is conducted over eight weeks and offers 27 hours of CME credit.


MBSR for Beaumont physicians

The MBSR Physician Oncology Patient Pilot Study (MBSR-POPPS) studied MBSR classes attended by physicians, oncology patients and family members. The physicians experienced significant improvements in validated measures of stress, exhaustion, emotion exhaustion and personal accomplishment. They all highly recommended the course to their colleagues. They expressed a deepened appreciation for the humanity of themselves and others.

This research was presented at the American Conference on Physician Health in San Francisco in October 2017. It will be presented at the International Conference on Mindfulness in Amsterdam in July. A randomized, controlled trial, MBSR-POPS 2, has been funded.


Other mindfulness training for Beaumont physicians

Please contact us at for one-hour interactive sessions, multi-hour workshops and short course series. You may be able to join a prearranged training, or one may be arranged upon request, depending on teach availability.

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