What Does A Surgical Coach Do?

Surgical Coaches unlock a surgeon’s potential to maximize their own performance. They help them to learn rather than teaching them. Coaches provide objective and constructive feedback to help someone recognize what works, what can be improved, and inspire them to maximize their potential.

As a Surgical Coach, you will meet with other surgeons face-to-face or online, help them to improve their own performance using Surgical Coaching techniques. You meet at times that are convenient for you, and our administrative support staff can help coordinate scheduling these coaching visits.

Why Become A Surgical Coach?

If you want to help other surgeons, there is a new option: becoming a Surgical Coach. Surgical Coaching provides the unique opportunity to form relationships with surgeons in your field from other institutions. While guiding your colleagues to improve their practice, you can also be improving your own practice. Many Surgical Coaches also receive coaching from their peers.

All Surgical Coach training course participants earn a Certificate of Surgical Coaching and are eligible to coach surgeons through the Academy. The Academy for Surgical Coaching is committed to compensating every Surgical Coach for their work, whether through financial payments, continuing education credits, or other types of credits for your service to the profession.

Surgical Coach Training

Over 10 years, we have developed a curriculum to train surgeons in the key principles of coaching. Our Surgical Coaching curriculum has been tested in multi-center clinical trials and has been shown to be an effective way to catalyze change. In the one-day Surgical Coach training course, you will learn the key principles of surgical coaching, and have many opportunities to practice and get feedback on your new coaching skills.

Continuing Medical Education Credit Information


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American College of Surgeons and the Academy for Surgical Coaching. The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The American College of Surgeons designates this Live activity (surgical coach training) for a maximum of 5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Funding for the original development of this project was provided by the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health and Department of Surgery from the Wisconsin Partnership Program.

Make A Difference. Become A Surgical Coach.

The first step for becoming a Surgical Coach is to attend a Surgical Coach training course. Browse our upcoming training courses.

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Client Testimonial

“The idea that a top athlete wouldn't have a coach is absurd. So the concept that
surgeons don't require a coach is crazy.”

- Surgeon