Coaching has a long history of success in sports and business but is a growing concept in undergraduate and graduate medical education. The Johns Hopkins All Children’s Resident Coaching Program is a learner-centered approach, focused on the personal development of the coachee. Unlike mentoring and advising, in which guidance and wisdom are commonly passed down from a more experienced colleague, coaching is a guided self-exploration by the learner facilitated by the coach. The coach serves as a springboard for the coachee’s self-discovery, self-feedback, and planning of next steps. While coaches may need to weave between coaching, advising and mentoring, the overarching goal is to encourage coachees to assess their own strengths, problems and opportunities for growth through guided self-reflection; create their own individualized goals; and work toward accomplishing those goals in ways that are both feasible and meaningful for them.
Coaching Mission Statement
The Coaching Program supports the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Pediatric Residency Program mission of innovative and individualized education by promoting personalized, learner-centered, guided self-reflection and action planning to enhance growth as exceptional physician leaders and lifelong adaptive learners.
learning as a lifelong process of self-discovery, growth mindset, self-determination and continual improvement.
camaraderie and a supportive environment for personalized development.
learners to build on personal strengths and embrace challenges as they become master adaptive learners and expert clinicians.
Coaching Observation Settings
We use direct observations as launching pads for guided self-assessment. Our observations occur both in-person and virtually, offering different and innovative experiences for all involved. Coaches observe history-taking and physical examination skills, establishment of relationships with patients and caregivers, medical decision-making, and communication of medical information to supervising physicians in each of the following settings:
- Inpatient hospital medicine service
- Inpatient pediatric and neonatal critical care services
- Outpatient continuity clinic
Coaches also observe residents’ teaching and speaking skills in didactic and interactive educational sessions including morning reports and case conferences, as well as their documentation skills via review of clinical documentation.
National and International Workshops:
- Thomas M, Hill T, Dingeldein L, Blankenburg R. Coaching 101: Exploring the who, what, where, when, how and why? of clinical coaching program development. International Conference on Resident Education, Montreal, Canada, October 2022.
- Walz A, Hill T, Powell E, Goldstein J, Naifeh M, Dingeldein L, Grow M, Blankenburg R. Coaching 101: Exploring the who, what, where, when, how and why of clinical coaching program development. Association of Pediatric Program Directors Conference, May 2022.
- Hoang K, Boyd K, Chi K, Sakai D, Hill T, Walz A, Naifeh M, Thomas M, Phillips E, Barber J, Billingham C, Rassbach C, Blankenburg R. Harnessing Coaching to Promote Growth Mindset. Pediatric Academic Societies Conference, Denver, CO, April 2022.
- Hoang K, O’Malley J, Chi K, Grow M, Hester C, Hill T, Huffman L, Kreimer S, Loutit C, Naifeh M, Rooholamini S, Sakai D, Sanghavi P, Thomas M, Blankenburg R. Coaching Learners on Behaviors to Enhance Clinical Team Performance. Association of Pediatric Program Directors, Virtual, March 2021.
- Samide AJ, Morrison JM, Mills R, Collins KR, Hopkins A, Maniscalco J, Dudas R. (2022). Feasibility and acceptability of virtual rounds on an academic inpatient pediatric unit. Hospital Pediatrics.