Faculty Associate Program

About the Faculty Associate Program

This year marks the first cycle of the Faculty Associate Program. The program goal is to support scholarship, enable expertise, and propose solutions in the field of workplace well-being through the protected effort for eligible faculty. Associates will spend 12-months working on a “deep dive” into a high-impact area of workplace well-being. At the end of the 12-month appointment, associates will synthesize results and present findings to senior leadership at Michigan Medicine to inform decision-making at the organizational level. Over time, we believe this program will be instrumental in elevating Michigan Medicine as a national leader in innovative approaches to improving workplace well-being.

Dr. Helen Kang Morgan presents at Grand Rounds on the topic of burnout

The Wellness Office identified several priority areas that focus on common influencers of burnout and well-being derived from the literature. This program is designed for faculty associates to take a deep-dive into one of these areas and find scalable solutions with an anticipated long-term impact at Michigan Medicine that will improve well-being for faculty, staff, and/or learners.

Priority Areas:

  • Work-home flexibility

  • The relationship between DEI and workplace well-being (e.g., on BIPOC and women)

  • EHR optimization

  • Administrative burden (e.g. email)

  • Psychological safety

  • Improving access, and reducing barriers, to receiving mental/emotional health care


  • Job resources and job demands

  • Translating workplace well-being into everyday practices

  • Organizational well-being outcomes and metrics

  • Evaluating utilization of vacation and/or sabbatical time, including associated barriers preventing utilization

  • Professional fulfillment

2021-2022 Faculty Associates

  • Anita Amin, MD | Internal Medicine
    Exploring solutions to address administrative burden, particularly focused on organizational email usage among faculty, staff, and learners.

  • Kris Chrouser, MD, MPH | Urology
    Evaluating job resources and job demands to improve teamwork and reduce burnout across the institution.

  • Helen Morgan, MD | Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Developing a multi-faceted approach to facilitate the development of communities of support for parents working at Michigan Medicine.

  • Lauren Owens, MD, MPH | Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Piloting solutions to address barriers to vacation and sabbatical usage to improve work-life balance among those in the Michigan Medicine community.

  • Raf Rizk, MD | Gastroenterology
    Researching how electronic health record (EHR) usage at Michigan Medicine contributes to burnout and identifying solutions to reduce the negative impact of the EHR on faculty well-being.

  • Gurjit Sandhu, PhD | Department of Surgery and Department of Learning Health Sciences
    Utilizing a phased approach to identify effective strategies to improve psychological safety among faculty and residents.