top of page
Books stacked with people climbing.jpeg

The Research Behind Coaching

An Evidence-Based Practice

Conventional medical training teaches students to detach, ignore, and deny rather than acknowledge, accept, and manage emotionally challenging situations.  The healthcare workplace reinforces aspects of high achieving personalities, like perfectionism, compulsiveness, guilt, and delayed gratification, that over time may erode provider mental health.  These norms emerged with the intention to increase provider effectiveness by avoiding vulnerability but have instead fortified problematic behavioral tendencies that may contribute to the development of burnout.  

The coaching process involves creating a stigma-free interpersonal environment that fosters increasing self-awareness and reframing of self-defeating thoughts and beliefs, and alignment between personal values and professional endeavors.  


In the context of a coaching relationship, clients may experience an increased sense of accomplishment, enduring sense of purpose, and greater workplace engagement.  In short, coaching may provide an antidote to modern burnout.  

Books stacked with people climbing.jpeg



Coaching in Healthcare

Aggarwal R, Deutsch JK, Medina J, Kothari N. Resident wellness: an intervention to decrease burnout and increase resiliency and happiness. MedEdPORTAL. 2017;13:10651. doi:10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10651

Cameron D, Dromerick LJ, Ahn J, Dromerick AW. Executive/life coaching for first year medical students: a prospective study. BMC Med Educ. 2019;19(1):163. doi:10.1186/s12909-019-1564-4


Ezenwaji IO, Eseadi C, Ugwoke SC, et al. A group-focused rational emotive behavior coaching for management of academic burnout among undergraduate students: Implications for school administrators. Medicine. J2019;98(30):e16352. doi:10.1097/MD.0000000000016352


Fares J, Al Tabosh H, Saadeddin Z, El Mouhayyar C, Aridi H. Stress, burnout and coping strategies in preclinical medical students. N Am J Med Sci. 2016;8(2):75-81. doi:10.4103/1947-2714.177299

Gazelle G, Liebschutz JM, Riess H. Physician burnout: coaching a way out. J Gen Intern Med. 2015;30(4):508-513. doi:10.1007/s11606-014-3144-y


Jennings ML. Medical student burnout: interdisciplinary exploration and analysis. J Med Humanit. 2009;30(4):253. doi:10.1007/s10912-009-9093-5


Sastre EA, Burke EE, Silverstein E, et al. Improvements in medical school wellness and career counseling: a comparison of one-on-one advising to an advisory college program. Med Teach. 2010;32(10):e429-435. doi:10.3109/0142159X.2010.498486


Sawatsky AP, Huffman BM, Hafferty FW. Coaching versus competency to facilitate professional identity formation. Acad Med. 2020;95(10):1511-1514. doi:10.1097/ACM.0000000000003144


Thompson G, McBride RB, Hosford CC, Halaas G. Resilience among medical students: the role of coping style and social support. Teach Learn Med. 2016;28(2):174-182. doi:10.1080/10401334.2016.1146611


Wasson LT, Cusmano A, Meli L, et al. Association between learning environment interventions and medical student well-being: a systematic review. JAMA. 2016;316(21):2237-2252. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.17573

bottom of page