Mission & Population

Mission & Population

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The GWell Center for Healthcare Professionals seeks to promote optimal wellness for all members of the healthcare and health sciences communities across George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the George Washington University Hospital, and George Washington Medical Faculty Associates. The served members of our community include graduate medical and health sciences students, residents, post-doctoral fellows, faculty, nurses, advanced practice providers, staff and alumni.

To this end, we commit to:

  • Embrace and promote a broad concept of wellness as the foundation of high-quality self-care and professional excellence
  • Support skills development and socialization of resources for effective pursuit of personal and professional wellness, including management of necessary stress
  • Provide leadership for a structural approach to promoting a culture of wellness, including identifying and minimizing unnecessary stress

Our Center’s work is led by our Chief Wellness Officer, Kaylan A. Baban, MD MPH, and guided by the GW Healthcare Professionals Wellness Advisory Board.

This program will also serve as a pilot for George Washington University’s implementation of wellness initiatives more broadly.


We strive to create an environment that supports comprehensive health and wellness for all members of our community.

Definition & Scope

Our concept of wellness is based on the World Health Organization’s definition:
To reach a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, an individual or group must be able to identify and to realize aspirations, to satisfy needs, and to change or cope with the environment.

- Ottawa Charter4

In pursuit of a complete complement of wellness initiatives, the GWell Center for Healthcare Professionals is also informed by the SAMHSA Spheres of Wellness:

With the understanding that at times in our lives certain spheres will be prioritized above others, the GWell Center for Healthcare Professionals and our initiatives encourage members of our community to consider the balance of each of these spheres, and to choose their wellness goals and priorities within these spheres with intention.