General Session II – Put Me in, Coach, I’m Ready to Play!


Day 3: Tuesday, November 12 2018


Erin T. Carey, Jorge F. Carrillo, James K. Robinson, Stephen E. Zimberg

First-Year FMIGS Fellow

Marcello Ceccaroni


Vito Chiantera, Amanda Nickles Fader, Brandon Michael Lingenfelter, Ido Sirota, Pamela T. Soliman, Kimberly Levinson


Top athletes and singers have coaches. Should you? For many of us, our performance in the operating room reaches a plateau. We’d like to think it’s a good thing – we’ve arrived at our professional peak. But it also may be interpreted as the cessation of our ability to improve as surgeons.

During the first two or three years in practice, your skills seem to improve almost daily. It’s not about hand-eye coordination—you have that down halfway through your residency. Surgical mastery is about familiarity and judgment. You learn the problems that can occur during a complex procedure or with a morbid condition, and you learn how to either prevent or respond to those problems.

Professional athletes use coaches to make sure they are the best they can be. But many doctors don’t. We’d pay to have a kid just out of college look at our tennis serve or baseball swing. So why do we find it inconceivable to ask someone to come into the operating room and coach us on our surgical technique or review an unedited surgical video?

Join us as three distinguished coaches are paired with a first-year fellow on a specially constructed “Surgical Stadium.” Each coach will guide the fellow to perform a procedure while judges grade the coaches on their teaching skills. The audience also contributes using an ARS system. After the surgeries are performed, a panel of judges will provide feedback regarding the technique and the effective-ness in preparing and coaching the fellow in skill development and task completion.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, the clinician will be able to: 1) Use this performance to explore the best coaching techniques utilized by master educators of minimally invasive gynecologic surgery; and 2) review and apply various aspects of three different styles of surgical coaching.

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