Enhancing Resident Well-Being via the Appreciative Inquiry Approach

Enduring - This is a virtual, asynchronous educational session that is part of the Center for Faculty and Professional Development’s Foundations in Medical Education Grand Rounds series.

About the Speaker: Jeff Dewey, MD, MHS (he/him/his) is an Assistant Professor of Neurology with a specialty in Neuromuscular Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine. He received his M.D. cum laude from Boston University and Masters of Health Science in Medical Education from the Yale School of Medicine. He completed his preliminary Internal Medicine training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA, and his Neurology Residency and Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship at Yale New Haven Hospital prior to joining the faculty in 2018.

Dr. Dewey serves as the Clerkship Director and Associate Program Director in the Department of Neurology and as Director of Resident Wellness and Director of Professional Fulfillment, where he coordinates wellbeing initiatives within the residency program and department. He is the current Chair of the Work and Advisory Group for the ACGME’s Back to Bedside initiative, which funds resident-developed projects to enhance joy and meaning in work through increasing connection with patients. His research centers around the promotion of thriving among graduate medical trainees through principles of appreciative inquiry, positive psychology, change management and organizational leadership. Jeff lives in Killingworth, Connecticut, with his partner, two dogs, cat, thirty-something chickens and countless honeybees.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for physicians, advanced practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists and social workers.  Other learner groups, such as. residents, fellows, medical students, non-clinician educators, GME program administrators and other education staff would also benefit from this education.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this course, the participant should be able to:

  • describe well-being as being more than simply the absence of burnout
  • identify existing strengths as a source of untapped opportunities
  • recognize that we can only find what we are looking for
    Course summary
    Available credit: 
    • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
    • 1.00 ANCC
    • 1.00 Participation Credit
    Course opens: 
    Course expires: 

    Enhancing Resident Well Being via the Appreciative Inquiry Approach

    This is an asynchronous enduring material activity.
    Activity Director
    Robert Cooney, MD, MSMedMEd
    Associate Dean, Faculty Development
    Geisinger Medical Center
    Jeff Dewey, MD, MHS
    Assistant Professor, Neurology
    Yale School of Medicine


    In support of improving patient care, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.




    Credit Designation 

    Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the educational activity. 

    Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine designates this live activity for 1 contact hours for nurses. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the educational activity.


    This Geisinger continuing education activity is designed for use by healthcare professionals for educational purposes only.  Information and opinions offered by the contributors represent their viewpoints.  Conclusions drawn by the participant should be derived from careful consideration of all available scientific information. Prescription information and use of medical devices should be undertaken only after confirmation by consulting the FDA-approved uses and information.

    While Geisinger makes every effort to have accurate information presented, no warranty, expressed or implied, is offered.  The participant should use his/her clinical judgment, knowledge, experience, and diagnostic decision-making before applying any information whether provided here or by others, for any professional use.

    Terms of Approval

    February 3, 2023 - February 3, 2026

    Original release date

    February 3, 2023

    Peer Review

    On February 3, 2023, this continuing education online material was reviewed by Courtney Hugo, MEd, MSLS, Manager, Continuing Education, Geisinger, Danville, PA. To ensure the scientific relevance of this enduring material, its contents will be reviewed again in February 2026.


    Faculty and all others who have the ability to control the content of continuing education activities sponsored by the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine must disclose to the program audience whether they do or do not have any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest or other relationships related to the content of their presentation(s).

    If at any time during this activity you feel that there has been commercial or promotional bias, please inform us by using the commercial bias comments box on the evaluation form.  Please answer the questions about balance on the CE activity evaluation form candidly.

    The following individual(s) have reported no financial or other relationships with commercial entities who products/services may relate to the educational content of this activity:

    Courtney Hugo, MEd, MSLS, Jeff Dewey, MD, MHS, Nicole Woll, PhD, MEd, Rob Cooney, MD, MSMedEd, Kristi Shirk, BA, and Rebecca Stoudt, DNP, PhD, CRNA.

    Available Credit

    • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
    • 1.00 ANCC
    • 1.00 Participation Credit


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