The Art and Practice of Coaching in Medical Education
Arti Maini MBBS BSc (Hons) MRCGP MSc Med Ed
Deputy Director for Undergraduate Primary Care Education and Medical Education Innovation and Research Centre (MEdIC),
Coaching Lead for the School of Medicine
Faculty of Medicine and School of Public Health
Imperial College London
Overview: A modern vision for education includes engaging concepts such as learner-centeredness, curiosity, the "growth mindset," self-efficacy, inclusivity, reflective practice, feedback-seeking behavior, and empowering students to take responsibility for their learning. What is less clear is how teaching faculty can translate these values into everyday practice.
Coaching principles and approaches offer teaching faculty a way forward. Coaching in medical education realigns the teaching and learning relationships to create a learner-centered form of dialogue. Coaching approaches are based on the premise that learners are resourceful, flexible, and resilient. Educators work in partnership with students, using coaching approaches to engage these student strengths and more effectively and dynamically facilitate learning.
In this session, we will explore the evidence base for coaching in medical education. We will discuss the development of a "coaching culture" at Imperial College London and its program of workforce development that brought coaching skills to faculty and students. We will discuss the wider application of coaching for health, leadership, and social accountability. We will consider how to rebalance the power dynamic to create the foundation for collaborative conversations. This interactive session will allow participants to experiment with coaching approaches and practice skills for use in their own contexts.
Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to
- Describe key principles of coaching and how these relate to medical education;
- Consider coaching approaches across a range of contexts, including in education, health, leadership, and for maintaining wellbeing;
- Review Imperial College London's coaching culture and program;
Apply coaching skills in practice to support learner-centered conversations.
The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity