Coaches for physicians?

(I wrote this in 2012 – and never posted for some reason .. here it is)

Yesterday’s New York Times piece from Danielle Ofri provides a compelling story about how we can achieve our best with the help of a great coach. She closes with a lament that the sort of coaching that may be of great value simply isn’t possible in the time that we have available to us.

But I’m not sure that I agree with her that physicians need the same sort of coaching needed by someone learning the cello.

Early in my career as a medical educator, I learned that we had three things to teach our students:

  • Knowledge
  • Skills
  • Attitude

The first two were easy to teach, and the third was nearly impossible. But it’s the most important.