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Wellness Reframed: Innovative Initiatives
to Improve the Wellbeing of
Residents and Medical Students 


Resident and medical student wellness continues to be an important issue as we work to combat rising rates of burnout. Over the past few years, progress has been made as creative, innovative initiatives have been implemented to improve wellbeing. Join us for a live webinar to hear from three thought leaders who have greatly influenced advancements in resident and medical student wellness.


  • Introductions
  • Dr. Chung - Storytelling Initiative
  • Dr. Alvarez - Reflection Rounds Initiative
  • Dr. Bird - Wellness Coaching Initiative
  • Q&A/Discussion



arlene_chung_02Arlene Sujin Chung, MD, MACM (@ArleneSijin)

Program Director, Maimonides Medical Center

Dr. Chung is the Program Director for the Maimonides Medical Center Emergency Medicine Residency Program in Brooklyn, NY. She is also the Immediate Past Chair of the ACEP Well-Being Committee and serves on the New York ACEP Board of Directors. As a nationally-recognized speaker and educator, Dr. Chung has made advocating for physician wellness a central focus of her career though lectures, teaching, policy development, and creating sustainable solutions for the future.


Al'ai Alvarez photo(14)Al’ai Alvarez, MD (@alvarezzzy)
Assistant Residency Program Director, Stanford Emergency Medicine

Al'ai Alvarez, MD is an assistant clinical professor in Emergency Medicine and an assistant program director in the Stanford Emergency Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Alvarez focuses on the interdependence of residency wellbeing with performance improvement on patient experience, quality and patient safety, diversity, equity and inclusion, and medical education. Dr. Alvarez serves as 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 co-chairs the largest diversity mentoring initiative in Emergency Medicine through ACEP and EMRA. 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 a particular interest in finding ways to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in medicine.


Steven-BirdSteven B. Bird, MD (@SteveBirdMD)
Vice Chair for Education and Residency Director for the Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Past President, SAEM

Dr. Steve Bird grew up in Illinois and obtained his degree in biology with honors from Yale University in 1991. While at Yale he conducted research for 3 years with Prof Sidney Altman, Dean of Yale University and winner of the 1989 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He then graduated AOA from Northwestern University Medical School under a Navy health professions scholarship program.

Initially interested in neurosurgery, Dr. Bird spent 2 years as a surgery resident at Naval Medical Center San Diego. His surgery training was then interrupted as he was selected for Naval Flight Surgeon training. After spending 6 months in Pensacola at flight school, he was deployed to Okinawa, Japan (along with his wife, AnneMarie, a Navy officer) for two years, serving as a flight surgeon with the United States Marine Corps.

Dr. Bird then elected to resign from the Navy (and from neurosurgery) and pursue emergency medicine residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he served as chief resident followed by a fellowship in medical toxicology, also at UMass. He has remained as faculty at Umass since 2004 and was residency program director from 2011-2019.

Dr. Bird is currently the Chief Experience Officer (CXO), for UMassMemorial Healthcare and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. In that role he is responsible for all physician engagement and wellness activities across the 5-hospital system.

Dr. Bird served as President of SAEM from 2018-2019.


image002Jeffrey Sakamoto, MD
Chief Resident, Stanford Emergency Medicine Residency Program
RAMS Board Secretary-Treasurer
SAEM Wellness Committee Member

Dr. Jeffrey T. Sakamoto (@jtsakamo) is a Chief Resident at Stanford Emergency Medicine Residency (@StanfordEMED), and a member of the SAEM Wellness Committee. He also serves as the RAMS Board Secretary-Treasurer.