During surgical training, there is nonstop instruction and performance feedback, which ultimately shapes our technical and nontechnical skills. Once training has been completed, there is an abrupt transition, after which most surgeons get little direct feedback. Regardless of experience level, there is always room for improvement. Peer coaching programs have been developed as one such form of ongoing professional development. Although coaching is widely accepted within the business community, its use in the medical field remains sporadic and uncertain.1,2 Surgical coaching has been shown to improve surgeons’ skills and attitudes, and although coaching programs have been developed, widespread implementation and acceptance remains elusive.2-5
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Kratzke IM, Kapadia MR. Surgical Coaching—It’s All About the Relationship. JAMA Surg. Published online October 14, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.4587
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