American Medical Association (11/30/2018) Murphy, Brendan
Physician experts at an American Medical Association (AMA) Accelerating Change in Medical Education conference discussed the value of medical coaching. "If you look at what's happening at some academic medical centers, they're already delivering coaching training to the middle cadre of medical leaders who work with practicing physicians on the front lines, and I think the same thing needs to happen with medical education," noted University of Massachusetts Medical School Professor Steve Adelman, MD. He also said the practice of self-referral to his institution's physician health program, while common among doctors, is rare among medical students. Meanwhile, Atrius Health's Les Schwab, MD, stressed that coaching has helped students address self-doubt, and cited the importance of setting specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timely (SMART) goals. Schwab added, "We need to get rid of beyond the notion of the hierarchy, of who's higher and who is lower. Coaching [aims to help] you reach wherever your attainment needs to take you."