Society for Vascular Surgery, coaching academy launch program to reduce surgeon burnout
The Society for Vascular Surgery and the Academy for Surgical Coaching announced the launch of a program to expand wellness support for vascular surgeons.
The organizations stated in a press release that the program will provide coaching intervention to address causes of burnout and to provide wellness support for vascular surgeons.
The partnership is “a shining example of how we are listening and responding to our members regarding wellness initiatives,” Dawn M. Coleman, MD, co-chair of the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Wellness Task Force, associate professor of surgery, pediatrics and communicable disease, and program director for the integrated vascular surgery residency program and fellowship at the University of Michigan, said in the release. “We believe we are one of the first medical societies to take the translational step from studying and discussing the issues to providing service and support for members.”
Initially, approximately 12 vascular surgeons will be trained to become certified surgical coaches and will be paired for 3 months with one or two vascular surgeons seeking support. The program will be expanded if there is initial success, according to the release.
“Our experience shows surgeons love working with surgical coaches because it changes the way they think about their practice,” Caprice Greenberg, MD, MPH, president and co-founder of the Academy for Surgical Coaching, said in the release. “The coaching sessions will focus on identifying challenges, setting goals and pushing for continuous improvement. Surgeons can discuss operative performance, leadership skills, clinical judgment or self-regulation. The surgical coach is there to support vascular surgeons to achieve their individualized and self-identified goals.”