Professional Coaching for Physicians

Top three reasons physicians seek out coaching

  1. Adapting to a new role and responsibilities.
  2.        Feeling generally used up, burned out, losing direction or recovering from adverse experiences and events.
  3. Considering a major career change. (new role, relocation, retirement)

Taking on a new leadership role can be daunting. Many of us are thrust into positions of significant responsibility with a minimum of training and no experience. A coach can help you find your footing and excel.

Burnout is prevalent in our profession right now. There is a way back to your professional pride and sense of purpose. Coaching can help you realign your situation with your values, and find what you need.

The next step in your career may be just a hope or an idea right now. You may be ready for something big and amazing, like a new practice, an advancement in your specialty, or a leadership challenge. Maybe you want to know how to be successful in retirement. A coach will help you take the leap on your own terms.

Disappointments in life and work are inevitable. Some experiences in medical practice and the related lifestyle can leave us depleted. A coach is your tireless supporter and keeps you moving forward to where you want to be. A skilled coach will help you understand your strengths, and also see what is holding you back.

As your personal, confidential coach, Nancy will challenge and inspire you. As a mentor, Nancy can relate to your experiences in clinical work, leadership roles, as well as some of the things that we all hope happen seldom or never in a medical career.

Coaching is a growing companion profession with an evidence base to support its efficacy.

Browse the current literature about what coaching is and how it can benefit professionals:

  1. Tim Theeboom, Bianca Beersma & Annelies E.M. van Vianen (2014) Does coaching work? A meta-analysis on the effects of coaching on individual level outcomes in an organizational context, The Journal of Positive Psychology, 9:1, 1-18, DOI: 10.1080/17439760.2013.837499
  2. Dyrbye LN, Shanafelt TD, Gill PR, Satele DV, West CP. Effect of a Professional Coaching Intervention on the Well-being and Distress of Physicians: A Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Intern Med. 2019;179(10):1406–1414. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.24253.
  3. O’Connor, S., Cavanagh, M. The coaching ripple effect: The effects of developmental coaching on wellbeing across organisational networks. Psych Well-Being 3, 2 (2013). 
  4. Carsten C. Schermuly & Carolin Graßmann (2019) A literature review on negative effects of coaching – what we know and what we need to know, Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, 12:1, 39-66, DOI: 10.1080/17521882.2018.1528621
  5. Gil Bozer & Rebecca J. Jones (2018) Understanding the factors that determine workplace coaching effectiveness: a systematic literature review, European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 27:3, 342-361, DOI: 10.1080/1359432X.2018.1446946