Improve the health of the people of Wisconsin by supporting and strengthening physicians' ability to practice high-quality patient care in a changing environment.

When: Thursday, November 21, 2019
Where: Italian Conference Center, 631 E Chicago St, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Registration options:

  • Morning Session Only, 9:30 a.m. – noon (physicians) – Free
  • Afternoon Session Only, Noon – 4 p.m., lunch included (physicians and other health professionals) – $50
  • All day, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., lunch included (physicians) – $50

The Wisconsin Medical Society continues to lead the conversation on well-being and empowerment for physicians and health care teams with this follow-up to last year’s successful event. Designed to energize collaborative efforts to advance proven solutions for increasing clinician empowerment, retention and satisfaction – come be a part of this critical conversation.

View the 2019 Empowerment Forum agenda for more details.


Morning Session: targeted at physicians interested in a deeper discussion on solutions for burnout, designed to equip physicians with proven solutions to address this epidemic

Facilitated by Nicole Eull, PsyD, Director of Wellbeing, Advocate Aurora

Nicole Eull, PsyD, is a health psychologist and the Director of Wellbeing for Academic Affairs at Advocate Aurora Healthcare. She has worked with multi-disciplinary teams in outpatient and inpatient settings and has served as a faculty member of family medicine for over a decade. She is the author of “Well to Do: A Guide to Take Charge, Set Goals, and Improve Your Health” and the creator of MySkillRx.com where she inspires caregivers to “Give a Skill, Not a Pill”. She serves on the Physician Health First Panel for the American Academy of Family Physicians and collaborates with the Wisconsin Medical Society on well-being initiatives.

Although rates have decreased slightly in the last few years, over 40% of physician continue to rate themselves as burned out. In the midst of busy and demanding health care environments, it can seem impossible for an individual to make meaningful change. We will start this morning workshop with an overview of the Physician Eco-System to explore the levels at which each of us can make a difference. We’ll spend the second half of our workshop splitting up into the workgroup that inspires you most. You will share ideas and challenges with other leaders in the health care industry, brainstorm solutions, set measurable goals and get feedback from your group. You should leave this session feeling focused and energized around realistic and obtainable tasks. You will also gain the support, camaraderie and accountability of others.

Lunch Keynote Presentation: Physician Empowerment: What, Why, and How? by Nisha Mehta, MD

Nisha Mehta, MD, is a radiologist, writer, and speaker whose work focuses on changing the culture of medicine, the challenges of the current health care landscape, physician wellness and physician empowerment. She is the founder of the Physician Side Gigs Facebook group, an online community of over 41,000 physicians, which aims to promote career longevity and increase business and financial literacy amongst physicians. Her work has been widely featured nationally both in print and on stage. She attended the University of Pennsylvania for medical school and NYU for residency. Doctor Mehta then did specialized fellowship training followed by a faculty position at UNC. She now lives and works in Charlotte, NC with her husband and sons.

Afternoon Session: targeted at physicians and health care teams interested in creating and leading sustainable change across professional levels of the health care landscape.

  • Peer Interview Panel: Unique peer-interview panel with representatives from all facets of health care, discussing how to best empower and support the clinical workforce.
  • Solution Stories: Listen to health care peers tell stories of success in addressing and mitigating burnout from an organizational perspective.

Note: Agenda subject to change.

Developed by the Wisconsin Medical Society; funding supported by Investors Associated, The Physicians Foundation and the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation.