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Does coaching work or is it just a crazy fad?

If you haven’t experienced the power of coaching in your life, you might be wondering this…

After all, as physicians we are trained to be skeptical.

We like to see hard numbers and evidence, preferably in the form of RCTs.

I have known that coaching works ever since my first experience with a life coach.

At that point in my life I was so burnt out that I would be filled with anxiety Sunday night about starting a new week the next day (and I would have just finished my notes for the previous week by getting up early on Sunday morning)

I wasn’t sure how I could stay in family medicine for years more. I felt like I had been sold a false promise of being able to balance being a physician and a mom.

That first coaching experience helped me feel in control of my life again.

What a huge impact!

And it taught me that small changes have big effects. Everything doesn’t need to change when you are feeling burnt out and overwhelmed. A few small shifts will help more than you think.

But you don’t have to take my word on it anymore.

We now have evidence that Life Coaching is an effective intervention for physicians.

Most recently, Dr, Tyra Fainstad and Dr. Adriene Mann published an article in JAMA showing the impact of coaching on burnout in female residents.

I had the pleasure of chatting with Tyra and Adriene on this week’s podcast episode. This is one you definitely don’t want to miss.

Click here to access the JAMA article.

Listen to the full episode below.

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