Coaching & Mentoring

Overcoming Self-Judgment with Self-Compassion during the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 7:30pm EST 

We were so excited to host a special lecture by Dr. Al'ai Alvarez (bio) from Stanford University.  He is an emerging scholar on the topic of clinician wellness and has been developing strategies to support our frontline workers. 

Below is an archived version of the talk and suggested resources.

Resources from our Speaker

A compassionate attitude can greatly reduce the distress people feel in difficult situations and become a profound personal resource in times of stress. Stanford offers a quarterly educational program designed to help you improve your resilience and feel more connected to others—ultimately providing an overall sense of well-being. Our teachers work with teams of contemplative … 

Check out this blog post from Al’ai Alvarez (@alvarezzzy) and Patty deVries (@purpurdevries)

Burnout impacts 1 out of 3 healthcare workers, and there are simple tools that help individuals recover from burnout. Participation in these tools will potentially enhance your own well-being, and the well-being of your co-workers and patients. Participation will contribute to research on interventions for healthcare worker burnout. Read more 

Last but not least, Dr. Alvarez would greatly appreciate your feedback! Click here to begin the survey


Al'ai Alvarez, MD, FACEP, FAAEM (@alvarezzzy) is an assistant clinical professor in Emergency Medicine and the assistant program director at the Stanford Emergency Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Alvarez focuses on the interdependence of residency wellbeing with performance improvement in patient experience, quality and patient safety. Dr. Alvarez is also the co-chair of the Stanford WellMD's Physician Wellness Forum, and is one of the peer supporters for WellMD's Physician Resource Network (PRN) Support for faculty and trainees. Dr. Alvarez has given several grand rounds and national conference lectures and workshops on relevant topics in gratitude and compassion, physician wellbeing, burnout, the imposter syndrome, as well as increasing leadership capacity and mentorship to enhance diversity and inclusion. Dr. Alvarez works on recruitment in faculty, graduate and undergraduate medical education with special interest in finding ways to increase diversity and inclusion in medicine at Stanford University.


Dr. Teresa Chan (@TChanMD) is an associate professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine at McMaster University.  She is the assistant dean for McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Program for Faculty Development (@MacPFD).  She is an avid scholar in health professions education and works with the MERIT group (@MERIT_McMaster), and conducts research and scholarship within this area.