The Coach in the Operating Room

Excerpt from “The Coach in the Operating Room” by Atul Gawande, a surgeon and public-health researcher, and a New Yorker staff writer since 1998.

“I’ve been a surgeon for eight years. For the past couple of them, my performance in the operating room has reached a plateau. I’d like to think it’s a good thing—I’ve arrived at my professional peak. But mainly it seems as if I’ve just stopped getting better.”

No matter how well trained people are, few can sustain their best performance on their own. That’s where coaching comes in.

“Get them to think. It’s the only way people learn.” – Robert Osteen, retired general surgeon

Re-posted from The New Yorker magazine. Full article can be found here –