CWO Certification | The Institute for Physician Wellness

Chief Wellness Officer

Training and Certification

Become a leader in your organization!

This six-week immersion course is designed for physicians who desire to expand their guidance and impact as a leader in physician wellness initiatives within their organization or institution.

Each week is composed of a combination of focused lectures and assignments designed to help participants cultivate expertise as a leader in physician well-being within organizations.

The pinnacle of the program is a guided six-week capstone project that promotes active learning and demonstration of foundational principles. The capstone project takes physicians step by step through the process of creating a physician wellness program that is customized for their unique organization.

Chief Wellness Officer Certification and Training

Winter 2023


Jan 23 – Mar 04, 2023

Chief Wellness Officer Certification and Training

Spring 2023


Apr 03 – May 13, 2023

Chief Wellness Officer Certification and Training

Fall 2023


Oct 02 – Nov 11, 2023

Features of the capstone project include:

Upon graduation of this program,

the physician will be certified as a Chief Wellness Officer

Cultivate leadership skills to direct physician wellness efforts.


Demonstrate a solid foundation of knowledge of the evidence-based factors that promote and limit physician well-being.


Develop strategic plans to create, manage and sustain physician well-being programs for their current or future organizations.


Utilize skills to promote the alignment of interests between physicians, healthcare executives and other parties.


Act as a local expert and resource for on-going program assessment and development.

Curriculum Timeline

WeekThemeModule AModule B
Week 1
CultureIntro / OverviewCulture
Week 2
Self-CareIntersection of
Wellbeing & Quality
Week 3
Week 4
The ShiftC-SuitProgram Structure
Week 5
EngagementTeamsCulture Change
Week 6Capstones

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This six-week immersion course is designed for physicians and concludes with capstone project that promotes active learning and demonstration of foundational principles. Upon graduation of this program, the physician will be certified as a Chief Wellness Officer.

The Institute of Physician Wellness is committed to supporting professional well being for all members of the healthcare team. We have currently expanded the wellness training to include nurses and APPs in our audience. The curriculum will be an intensive and in-depth dive into professional wellbeing, models for approach, leadership, organizational resilience, and more. The Capstone project for CWO certification is not currently available for non-physicians, however completion of the IPW cohort formally recognizes all participants.

Join our program but skip the capstone project and certification! This will allow you to function as a wellness champion and local expert…a terrific option for those who work with a CWO.
Program Cost: $7300 Register with a discount code by clicking the registration button above and using the Discount Code: CWODISCOUNT1400 (Only for those that do not want the capstone project and do not wish to be certified.)

Alicia Kowalski, MD serves as Program Director in collaboration with Kathy Stepien, MD.

The fee for this program is $8700.

The program fee includes:

  • Program lectures including insight from the latest research in the field and its application to real-life settings.
  • Ten learning modules, including recommended reading and assignments
  • Facilitated, large group discussions
  • Small-group study pods of up to 5 physicians
  • Oversight and guidance of the capstone project
  • Capstone presentations
  • 24/7 access to the program portal with recordings, assignments, handouts, and more
  • A community of like-minded physician leaders in organizational wellness efforts and programs

This immersion program will be held on zoom for two hours, twice per week. In addition to formal didactic time, physicians should designate two hours per week on average for out-of-class activities such as working on their capstone project independently or within their small group.

This program meets twice weekly for six weeks.

5-7pm Pacific / 6-8pm Mountain / 7-9pm Central / 8-10pm Eastern

7-9am Pacific / 8-11am Mountain / 9-11am Central /10-12pm Eastern

Recordings of program lectures will be uploaded to the portal within 24 hours to review at your convenience.

Refund Policy: Cancellations made 30 days prior to the program will be refunded the full registration amount minus a nonrefundable $100 processing fee. All cancellations made for any reason after that date are nonrefundable. No exceptions or transfers can be made.

The Institute for Physician Wellness, LLC reserves the right to cancel or postpone any program due to unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event of a cancellation or postponement, The Institute for Physician Wellness, LLC will refund the registration fee minus the nonrefundable $100 processing fee, but is not responsible for any other related costs or charges to the participant.

Continuing Education Inc designates this live activity for a maximum of 24 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Education Inc and The Institute for Physician Wellness require instructors, planners, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to CEI policy. The existence or absence of COI for everyone in a position to control content will be disclosed to participants prior to the start of each activity.

Program staff will be glad to assist you with any special needs (ie zoom, written content). Please contact prior to the start of program.

Joint Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Continuing Education Inc and The Institute for Physician Wellness in full accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

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Alicia Kowalski, MD

Physician, Educator, Consultant

Alicia Kowalski, MD, is an international speaker and leader in Physician Wellness. She is a full-time, board-certified anesthesiologist in Houston, Texas and is the lead instructor of the CWO Training and Certification Program. Her warm and engaging teaching style creates an unparalleled learning environment for this premiere program.

Additional training includes

alicia kowalski
kathy stepien

Kathy Stepien, MD

Physician, Coach, Leader

Kathy Stepien, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician in active practice and the founding Director of the Institute for Physician Wellness. Her mission is to improve physician well-being at the personal level, the organizational level and within the larger culture of Medicine. Her favorite line? “This work matters!”

Dr. Stepien is available to students to meet during office hours throughout the duration of the CWO program. This additional support can help enhance teaching topics, clarify direction and focus, and guide progress of the capstone project.

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