Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital

Resident Coaching Program

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 

Photo of Taryn Hill, M.D., MEd, and Matthew Thomas, M.D., co-directors of the Resident Coaching Program at Johns Hopkins All Children's, attending the biosciences and medical education Annual Med ED Forum at Stanford University.
Taryn Hill, M.D., MEd, and Matthew Thomas, M.D., co-directors of the Resident Coaching Program at Johns Hopkins All Children's, attend the biosciences and medical education Annual Med ED Forum at Stanford University.

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.    

We value…  

learning as a lifelong process of self-discovery, growth mindset, self-determination and continual improvement.   

We provide…  

camaraderie and a supportive environment for personalized development.  

We empower…  

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.   

The Coaches 

Taryn Hill, M.D., MEd 

Taryn Hill, M.D., MEd 

Coaching Program Co-Director 

Department: Pediatric Hospital Medicine 
Why Coach? I strongly believe that coaching facilitates meaningful and impactful conversations that trigger the “aha” moments for residents during their residency journey.  

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Matthew Thomas, M.D.

Matthew Thomas, M.D.

Coaching Program Co-Director 

Department: Pediatric Infectious Disease 
Why Coach? Coaching helps get to the heart of why we became physicians: to be and to do our best in the service of others.   

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Jennifer Maniscalco, M.D., M.P.H., MAcM

Jennifer Maniscalco, M.D., M.P.H., MAcM

Department: Pediatric Hospital Medicine 
Why Coach? I am inspired by our residents, and I learn so much from their varied interests and talents. It is a privilege to be part of their professional journey.

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John Morrison, M.D., Ph.D. 

John Morrison, M.D., Ph.D. 

Department: Pediatric Hospital Medicine 
Why Coach? I chose to become a coach for the opportunity to help residents grow into the pediatricians they aspire to be and in turn learn how to be a better pediatrician myself. 

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Noura Nickel, M.D.

Noura Nickel, M.D.

Department: Neonatology 
Why Coach? I think coaching is a great opportunity to help guide residents to identify their passions, strengths and goals, and to use these skills to advance themselves on a personal and professional level. 

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Aaron Samide, M.D. 

Aaron Samide, M.D. 

Department: Pediatric Hospital Medicine 
Why Coach? Coaching is such a powerful way to help residents identify their internal motivators and accomplish goals that really mean something to them as individuals.  It's incredibly rewarding as a coach to see them not only reaching those goals but also becoming pros at self-assessment, self-reflection, and self-improvement—skills that will benefit them far beyond residency. 


Dawn Jones, M.A., C-TAGME 

Dawn Jones, M.A., C-TAGME 

Department: Office of Medical Education 
Why Coach? Life would be a lot easier if we all had a coach — someone whose sole purpose is to help you succeed and be the best version of yourself.   

Dissemination 

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.  

Publications:   

  • 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.