Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is professional coaching - and why it's not for physicians with performance problems?

Coaching is a loosely used term that often incorrectly and historically referred to what is performance coaching -- dealing with physicians with performance problems who were on the precipice of being fired and trying to force them to change.

In contrast, professional coaching is a centered around an individual's goals and desire for self-improvement.  It is based on multiple disciplines, including positive psychology, neuroscience, sociology, and sports. 

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) defines coaching as 

"Partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. The process of coaching often unlocks previously untapped sources of imagination, productivity and leadership." 

Does coaching actually work for physicians?

Yes!  There are several studies showing the benefits to physicians. Coaching is not just for C-Suite executives, elite athletes, diabetic patients, and people going through relationship changes.  Here are some relevant studies:

  1. McGonagle et al. Coaching for primary care physician well-being: A randomized trial and follow-up analysis. J Occup Health Psychol 2020.

  2. Dyrbye et al. Effect of a Professional Coaching Intervention on the Well-being and Distress of Physicians: A Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial

What is the difference between mentoring, therapy, and coaching?

Mentoring is when someone who is senior to you advises you on what you should do to become successful in a similar sense as they did.  The premise is the mentor's experience will guide you through your situation.  Mentoring is great for navigating certain problems and avoiding some pitfalls, but the assumption is you and your situation are very similar to your mentor's.  Mentors can offer sage advice and are important in your career success.  But who is the expert in your life and situation?

Therapy helps individuals overcome mental health issues.  The therapist is an expert in diagnosing and treating pathology.  Therapists often focus on past traumas.


Coaching can be a helpful adjunct to all of the above forms of support.  The premise of coaching is that you are the expert of your life.  But we all have blindspots.  A professional coach helps clients see new possibilities, challenge limiting beliefs, and reinforce goal accountability.  I can help you "co-create" a new outcome you wished for but believed was impossible.

Can I afford coaching?

The real question is can you afford not to be coached and try to continue grinding through your status quo.  The great news is I work with almost any budget.  Let's discuss your situation and find a package that is customized to your needs!  Click here to talk with Coach Endo MD.