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Wayne is a contracted speaker and an international thought leader on physician behavior and resilience for high-performing health professionals and their teams. His work is featured frequently in the national print and television media. He is the founder of the Sotile Center for Resilience, in Davidson, North Carolina. He has delivered over 8,000 invited keynotes.
Clinical psychologist Wayne M. Sotile is one of the most sought-after healthcare speakers today. He is the founder of the Sotile Center for Resilience and the Center for Physician Resilience in Davidson, North Carolina. As an international thought leader on physician behavior and resilience for high performers, he consults widely with medical group practices, healthcare systems, and corporations interested in learning evidence-based strategies for deepening resilience, collaboration, and collegiality and promoting team engagement while coping with change. He has written or co-written nine books, including the highly acclaimed Thriving in Healthcare (2019) and The Thriving Physician (2018). Wayne has published widely in the peer-reviewed medical literature, and his insights into sustaining resilience for busy healthcare professionals is featured frequently in the national print and television media, including appearances on “Good Morning America,” “Dateline,” and the “CBS Morning Show.”
After serving on the faculty of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Wayne was in clinical practice for 30 years. He and his team have counseled over 40,000 high-powered professionals, including more than 10,000 physicians and medical families and more than 20,000 healthcare professionals working in various disciplines. In addition to his speaking and consulting work, Wayne serves as a special consultant in physician leadership development for Atrium Health and as a clinical assistant professor at the Tulane University School of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedics. He has delivered keynote addresses to regional hospital leadership forums and hospital associations throughout the country and to medical professionals from 65 countries.
Areas of Expertise
- Organizational Transformation
- American Psychological Association
Education & Certifications
- Fellow, American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
- Licensed practicing psychologist, N.C. #776
- Medical psychology internship, Duke University Medical Center
- Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of South Carolina
- B.S., Louisiana State University
Speaking Topics List
- Change Management and Leadership
- Organizational Culture
- Resilience and Well-Being
- Physician Alignment and Engagement
Facts and Fictions About Wellness and Resilience … And How the Truth Can Help You Sustain a Thriving Healthcare Workforce
Safeguarding the well-being of our healthcare workforce has become both a moral and economic imperative, but efforts to do so are often intuitive but misguided, resulting in momentary uplifts but long-term demoralization. In this entertaining and informative presentation, pioneering clinical and health psychologist, researcher, and author Wayne Sotile teaches a toolkit of evidence-based resilience tactics and strategies that can rejuvenate, reenergize, and foster sustainable, positive coping. Without trivializing the magnitude of what we are facing, Wayne teaches practical ways that we can help each other to cope with challenging times and emerge stronger and better, and why engaging fully in “good work” is the key to sustained well-being.
- Define resilience: what it is and what it is not.
- Discuss how work ambivalence erodes resilience.
- Specify coping lessons learned from the study of post-trauma growth syndrome.
- Discuss what leaders can do to sustain workforce wellness and resilience.
Fostering Wonderment and Hope: How to Deepen the Most Powerful Keys to Continuous Renewal
Stressful times teach how extraordinary individuals, teams, and families of all forms move forward with renewed purpose, humanism, passion, and stamina. Drawing from his more than 40 years of clinical, coaching, and consulting work with medical professionals and medical families, in this presentation Wayne shares practical pearls of wisdom about how high-performing people think, cope, work together, and care for themselves and each other. Exploding stereotypical notions about “the balanced life,” Wayne offers a realistic blueprint for resolving work ambivalence, fostering renewable engagement, and finding joy at work and home. This is a presentation that shows how we can grow stronger through our challenging times.
- Learn how wonderment and hope foster renewal and coping stamina.
- Differentiate between crisis mentality, resilience, and stamina.
- Discuss gender-specific work-life integration challenges and solutions.
- Identify evidence-based, practical ways to rejuvenate personal, team, and family resilience.
The Resilient Physician: Leading and Thriving Through Change
Physician burnout rates have never been higher. And the quality and safety consequences of compromised physician wellness have been well documented. Why do some physicians falter in the face of change while others thrive? Clinical psychologist and organizational consultant Wayne Sotile has devoted his career to answering this question. This session provides physicians with an engaging and compassionate “leadership and resilience checkup.” Participants gain insight from structured self-assessments, guided discussions, and descriptions of evidence-based tactics and strategies that differentiate physicians who thrive through change from those who flounder in disillusionment and burnout.
- Evaluate fact versus fiction about the incidence and causes of physician burnout.
- Specify at least four evidence-based strategies for promoting physician resilience.
- Identify the four primary drivers of physician career satisfaction.
- Discuss evidence-based solutions to work-life challenges employed by busy physicians and thriving medical families.
Responses to Dr. Sotile’s virtual presentations to our physicians and APPs one evening and then to our leadership again the next morning were at the level of amazing. Physicians were texting me throughout the evening and next day about the change this inspired in them. Dr. Sotile brings all of this together in an engaging presentation that will have you laughing, crying, nodding your head, and leaving changed; not just for that moment, but with something more permanent. It is a bit challenging to explain, but I can guarantee you that he knows his “stuff” and you will not be disappointed. If you do not change, the only conclusion I would make is that you were not paying attention. I am happy to take a call or an email.”
Today was something I’ll remember – and rely upon – for the rest of my days. Thank you for sharing YOU with our team. Elevated and elated, we are, and we appreciate your wisdom and guidance.”
I personally hung on every word of Wayne’s presentation. His wisdom is astounding. If that did not get peoples’ attention to move forward with change then they must be brain dead! Thanks again. I am hopeful that this is just the beginning of his engagement with us, as we progress through this journey.”
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