The Coach in the Operating Room | The New Yorker

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

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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.