Coaching Clinical Learners in Medicine

While coaching continues to gain traction in medical education, many faculty still struggle to identify a clear mental model of coaching within medicine’s professional culture. This longitudinal course consists of six, 3-hour workshops over the course of the 2019/2020 academic year. This dynamic and creative training series is aimed at faculty looking to develop a broad set of transferable coaching skills adaptable to a variety of clinical scenarios and contexts. Participants will develop and leave with a shared repertoire of experiences, resources, and strategies they can draw on to nurture a responsiveness to coaching within the clinical learning environment.

By the end of the course, participants will be expected to be able to:

  • identify with a guiding philosophy for coaching that can be used and applied across a range of real-life situations;
  • identify the key attributes of coaching and describe the relationship between coaching and other roles within medical education (teacher, mentor, assessor);
  • design and implement a range of coaching activities and strategies that foreground learner growth and development across the medical education continuum;
  • facilitate credible and constructive feedback conversations with learners around their performance in a variety of contexts and circumstances;
  • engage in reflection on one’s actions as a source of personal and professional development and improvement; and
  • identify potential barriers to coaching in medical education and consider available resources to overcome those barriers.

This course is of interest to: physicians, physician leaders, department and division leads, and academic program directors who are or will be involved in the coaching of clinical learners in medicine.

It is expected that participants enrolled in this course attend all six sessions. If you have questions, please contact Megan Baxter, Program Administrator, CPD, at megan.baxter@schulich.uwo.ca or 519.661.2111 x.85125.

This program has received an educational grant or in-kind support from: AMOSO AHSC AFP Innovation Fund.

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Session 1: What is a Coach?

Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Western University, Health Sciences Addition, Room 022

 

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • define coaching and compare it and its role in medical education to mentoring, teaching, and assessing;
  • describe the difference between coaching and assessment;
  • reflect on coaching from a professional context;
  • recognize the importance of reflective practice exercises.

Facilitators: Chris Watling, Michael Sanatani

Session 2: Exploring the Conceptual Ambiguity of Coaching in Medical Education

Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Western University, Health Sciences Addition, Room 022
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
  • describe the meaning of nurturing an emotional intelligence for both coaches and coachees;
  • explain the differences between a fixed vs. growth mindset;
  • identify factors within the professional culture of medicine that can influence the translation of coaching philosophies and approaches to the medical context;
  • identify strategies to combat potential or perceived resistance to coaching.

Facilitator: Kylea Potvin

Session 3: Goals and Goal Setting

Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Western University, Health Sciences Addition, Room 022

 

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • discuss why coaching conversations are learning conversations, not goal conversations;
  • define the different types of goals and describe how they drive behaviour and learning;
  • apply the principles from the Self Determination Theory to guide trainees;
  • identify different models of goal setting, challenge the SMART model and how it may promote a fixed mindset, and define different strategies for setting various types of goals;
  • describe how to help trainees see the big picture, and how the systems in which they work and live may impact their goals and ability to achieve them;
  • discuss situations or times when the best course is to not have a trainee set goals.

Facilitator: Kylea Potvin

Session 4: Engaging in Meaningful Feedback Conversations from a Coaching Perspective

Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Western University, Health Sciences Addition, Room 022

 

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • identify the elements of meaningful feedback;
  • discuss how to foster coach-learner relationships that support quality feedback;
  • facilitate constructive feedback conversations for learner development.

Facilitator: Chris Watling

Session 5: Overcoming Challenges in Coaching

Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Western University, Health Sciences Addition, Room 022

 

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • identify and discuss challenges and strategies for use in real world coaching situations;
  • integrate concepts and principles of coaching into clinical environments.

Facilitator: Julie Ann Van Koughnett

Session 6: Simulated Coaching Session

Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Western University, Health Sciences Addition, Room 022

 

The purpose of this session is for participants to apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they have developed over the duration of the training program to a simulated coaching encounter. Participants will have the opportunity to both give and receive feedback on their performance as coaches through participation in a series of coaching scenarios. Time for debrief and reflection will follow.

Facilitator: Chris Watling, Kylea Potvin, Michael Sanatani, Marta Wilejto