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Surgeons, Go Find a Coach

  • June 1, 2021

This editorial, citing work funded by CRICO grants, discusses research into surgical coaching and their findings on how it can help to maintain a surgeon’s skills once they have completed training.

 


The editorial discusses a number of articles focused on the establishment of surgical coaching programs in a variety of institutions. The authors specifically laud a piece by Greenberg et al, in which the authors selected surgeons with the lowest complication rates in the two years before the study began to become coaches and conduct sessions for practicing surgeons in the same system, ultimately leading to a decrease in complication rates among those who received training in the following two years. Future expansion and improvement of such programs are also discussed in the editorial, noting the potential benefits of widespread acceptance of such peer coaching programs.

 

Citation for the Full-text Article

Sinyard RD, Smink DS. Surgeons, go find a coach. Annals of Surgery. June 2021. 273(6): 1040-1041. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000004856