Pearls of Effective Feedback

Giving feedback is hard. It takes time and energy. It can sometimes be uncomfortable. And…we all know of times when we got really useful feedback that helped us be a better doctor, a better teacher, a better person.   The story I often tell is about the intern...

Five Essentials for an Effective Coaching Program

  In a prior blog post, we distinguished coaches from mentors and noted how coaching has been a strategy to improve and refine learner performance across a range of disciplines. But why is medicine so late to the game in using coaches when they’ve been used so...

A Call for More Coaches in Medicine

We are all familiar with mentors. They are individuals who support, guide, and shape one’s personal or career growth. The word ‘mentor’ derives from the name of the figure in Homer’s Odyssey who cared for Odysseus’ son in his absence, now meaning an experienced and...