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Harnessing the Power of Surgeon Coaching

A One Day Training Seminar

Join SurgeonMasters and founder Jeffrey M. Smith, MD, CPC for the inaugural conference, Harnessing the Power of Surgeon Coaching, January 20, 2019 at Kona Kai Resort and Spa, San Diego, CA. 

Date / Time:

Sunday, January 20, 7:30 am - 5:30 pm


Kona Kai Resort and Spa

1551 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106


How do surgeons learn, grow, and improve after training? Continuing medical education places much of the emphasis on remaining up-to-date in surgical skills. Technology is expanding to robotic techniques, minimally-invasive techniques, and ever better tools or devices. Even our medical education world is expanding with more and more videos that we can view without traveling to a course or observing a mentor in the operating room. New technology is aimed at making our jobs easier and better for patients. With so much “progress,” why is our industry facing a growing crisis of surgeons burning out, leaving medicine, and some resorting to the unthinkable? What can we do about it? 

What if the secret is coaching? Coaching is an under-developed and little-utilized resource in healthcare, especially among surgeons. While surgical training is rigorous, intense and fully supported, assistance in our development and incorporating new knowledge post-graduation is nearly nonexistent. Harnessing the Power of Surgeon Coaching will begin by addressing perspectives in surgeon coaching. Next, the conference will address coaching theories and follow with practical delivery methods in coaching. Finally, attendees will apply what they learn by engaging in one-on-one coaching and group coaching sessions. 


Surgeons, Physicians, Coaches


  1. Describe what coaching is, explain what it is not, and present best practices that lead to improved professional and personal development. 
  2. Identify common leadership principles in coaching that enhance goal attainment and improve the coachee experience. 
  3. Give examples of coaching models, delivery methods, and the pros and cons of each. 
  4. Identify and demonstrate positive forms of coaching that aid client development and increase uptake of critical lessons.

Course Program: 

When What Who
7:30 am - 8:00 am Registration and Breakfast All
Session I: Surgeon Coaching Basics
8:00 am - 8:15 am Introductions All
8:15 am - 8:45 am What is Coaching? Jeffrey M. Smith, MD, CPC
8:45 am - 9:15 am Leadership Coaching Bob Carr, MD
9:15 am - 9:45 am  Models of Coaching Jeffrey M. Smith, MD, CPC
9:45 am - 10:00 am Break All
10:00 am 12:00 pm -  Peer Coaching Exercises One-On-One Interactive Sessions
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch All
Session II: SurgeonMasters Coaching Methodology
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Performance Improvement Coaching - The 8 PRACTICEs Jeffrey M. Smith, MD, CPC
1:30pm - 2:00pm How to Stay Positive Bob Carr, MD
2:00pm - 3:30pm Peer Coaching Exercises One-on-One Interactive Sessions
3:30pm - 3:45pm Break All
3:45pm - 5:00pm Group Coaching Exercises Group Interactive Sessions
5:00pm - 5:30pm

ENERGY is the Capacity to Do Work! Power = Work / Time!”

Setting Goals / Our Vision / Next Steps

Jeffrey M. Smith, MD, CPC


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Jeffrey Smith, MD, FACS, CPC
Jeffrey Smith, MD, FACS, CPC
Orthopaedic Traumatologist, Surgeon Coach

Head Coach

Dr. Jeffrey M. Smith is a practicing Orthopaedic Traumatologist, Director of the San Diego Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship and surgeon coach. With over 20 years of experience within an academic and private practice, he has learned to cope with the ups and downs of being a performance-driven surgeon and even experienced some episodes of burnout during his career. 

Through his personal experience and research, he has developed his own methodology for performance improvement - The 8 PRACTICEs. He coaches techniques that address resilience training, professional development, leadership training, surgeon wellness and burnout prevention. Dr. Smith continues to be driven by his passion to positively impact the lives of his patients recovering from injury as well as other Surgeons to transform their habits inside and outside the operating room with the goal of creating sustainable, lifestyle-friendly surgical practices. Learn more about Jeff and his work in burnout prevention at SurgeonMasters.com. 


Robert (Bob)  Carr, MD, MPH, FACPM
Robert (Bob) Carr, MD, MPH, FACPM

Assistant Coach

Bob is President at the American College of Preventive Medicine. He is a dynamic and agile leader, consultant and board member with extensive experience in Healthcare, Pharmaceutical and Consumer Products businesses. He is a Board Member of JOOL Health and Director of the Executive Masters Program in Health Systems Administration at Georgetown University.

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