If you have been searching for a way to make a change — big or small — a surgical coach can guide you to clarify your goals, think differently about your work, and keep you accountable.

Through the Academy for Surgical Coaching, you can get equipped with a coach, set goals for improving technical and non-technical skills, and make a plan to achieve these goals. Surgical coaches and surgeons meet face-to-face or through our secure online video platform. Coaches and surgeons can connect from anywhere, and exchange operative videos. Surgical Coaching interactions are kept confidential.

Surgical Coaching includes:

  • Access to our full Surgical Coach database to select the best Surgical Coach for your needs,
  • Support from our executive support staff to schedule (and reschedule) your coaching sessions,
  • Access to our online platform to securely share surgical video with your coach, join a video conference, and track progress toward your goals.

The Coaching Process

When you decide to partner with a Surgical Coach, you can expect to work with that coach over 3 to 4 months, meeting about once per month for an hour. During a coaching session, your coach will listen to you, help you formulate your goals, and use techniques to help you think creatively about how to meet your goal. For many surgeons, they form a trusting partnership with their coach, and may collaborate with their coach over a number of years.

How to Sign Up

  1. Fill out a request form and tell us about yourself.
  2. Meet your coach in a free 30-minute introductory session.
  3. Complete a Coaching Agreement with your Surgical Coach.
  4. Get started with Coaching.

Video Sharing and Video Conferencing

Everyone is very busy. And schedules are always unpredictable. Surgical coaching should be easy. Easy to schedule, easy to attend, and easy to follow up.

We have an online video sharing and video conferencing platform to allow you to connect with your Surgical Coach from anywhere. Need help with a specific procedure? Share a video of your surgery with your coach and get feedback. Meet your coach over a video conference and share pictures or video with them in real-time.

If you want to meet with your coach face-to-face, we can facilitate that too. The Academy for Surgical Coaching may even have coaches available to meet with you at an upcoming surgical conference or retreat.


The Academy for Surgical Coaching charges a fee to connect with a coach (can utilize CME funds), get scheduling support from our team, and use our online platform. Surgical Coaches also receive an honorarium for their work. To discuss specific prices, please contact us.

Continuing Medical Education Credit Information

This program is designed for practicing surgeons. Upon completion of the program, learners will be able to:

  1. Identify the participant’s specific performance gaps in the form of an individualized goal.
  2. Assess the participant’s current progress toward each of their goals.
  3. Identify constructive feedback offered to the participant by the coach.
  4. State the participant’s next steps to make progress toward their individual goals.
  5. State when those next steps will be completed.

Disclosure Information

In accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, the American College of Surgeons must ensure that anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity (planners and speakers/authors/discussants/moderators) has disclosed all financial relationships with any commercial interest (termed by the ACCME as “ineligible companies”, defined below) held in the last 24 months (see below for definitions). Please note that first authors were required to collect and submit disclosure information on behalf all other authors/contributors, if applicable.

Ineligible Company:   The ACCME defines an “ineligible company” as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services used on or consumed by patients. Providers of clinical services directly to patients are NOT included in this definition.
Financial Relationships: Relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit.  Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected.  ACCME considers relationships of the person involved in the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner.
Conflict of Interest: Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of an ineligible company with which he/she has a financial relationship.

The ACCME also requires that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity.  Any conflicts noted below have been managed to our satisfaction. The disclosure information is intended to identify any commercial relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during the educational activity, please report it on the evaluation.

Speakers / Moderators / Discussants / Authors Nothing to Disclose          Disclosure
Company Role Received
Adrienne Faerber X      

Planning Committee / Editorial Committee

Nothing to Disclose          Disclosure
Company Role Received
Caprice Greenberg Johnson & Johnson Consultant through January 2022 Honoraria
Cara King X
Sudha Pavuluri Quamme X
Andrew Yee Intuitive Surgical Employee Wages
Kristine Lombardozzi X
Audrey George X
Adrienne Faerber X

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.

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