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.

Surgical Coaching for Fellows

As they embark on their careers as independent surgeons, fellows who embrace surgical coaching will be well-equipped to deliver high-quality patient care, adapt to the evolving demands of the profession, and continually grow as skilled and compassionate healthcare providers. Surgical coaching presents a valuable opportunity for fellows as they navigate the crucial transition from training to independent practice. Rooted in the principles of adult learning, surgical coaching provides a structured and individualized approach to support ongoing professional development. By engaging in this transformative process, fellows can enhance their surgical performance across all four performance domains: technical skills, cognitive abilities, interpersonal communication, and self-regulation. The coaching process enhances their ability to complete the cycle of performance improvement; set goals, move through action planning, and progress full circle to assess interval improvement and revise the goals. With this experience, they will be ready to step into their surgical career with tools that enable them to guide their performance trajectory proactively and deliberately in all surgical domains.

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.

Meet with our Surgical Director to experience a sample coaching session and explore which type of coach would meet your needs. Intro session fee applies to future coaching package. To begin the coach matching process, 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.

Award of CME credits by ACS is based on compliance of the program with the ACCME accreditation requirements and does not imply endorsement by ACS of the content, the faculty, or the sponsor of the program. 


Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the learner to earn credit toward the CME of the American Board of Surgery’s Continuous Certification program.

Are you a Board-Certified Surgeon of the American Board of Surgery?

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is pleased to share that the MyCME portal and features such as viewing and transmitting individual CME credit to ABS will now be available FREE to all learners who participate in an ACS accredited activity accredited by the American College of Surgeons!
Access to MyCME is complimentary and will enable all learners to electronically transmit their CME data to the ABS via ACCME by sending their CME data through the MyCME portal. This seamless process will ensure your CME data is submitted to the ABS.
In order to transmit this data, ACS will require you go to the ACS log in page and select New User to create a profile so you can receive a log-in to your MyCME portal. (This is only required for those who do not already have an account at the ACS).Once you obtain this ID return to your registration and add your ACS ID to your registration for this event.
Upon completion of your activity and claiming of your credit, you will simply log into MyCME , provide your ABS ID, day and month of birth, select the date range for CME credit earned, and grant permission for the data transfer. This is a seamless process and allows you to select which CME data you would like to send to the ABS via ACCME. See the steps below to transmit your CME data today!
To electronically transmit your CME data for ACS activities to the American Board of Surgery (ABS), please follow these simple steps.
For more information about the MyCME portal, please contact mycme@facs.org.
Please note you must provide your ACS ID to your CME activity provider for your CME to be transferred to the MyCME portal. This is usually done at the time of registration for the event. 

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