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Physician Performance Coaching Certificate

The Physician Performance Coaching Course is designed to help people in the healthcare industry and outside it become an Associate Certified Coach (ACC)-level coaches whose primary target population are physicians and other allied healthcare professionals.

Why take the course?

There are unprecedented challenges facing the modern-day physician such as burnout, leadership and executive responsibilities, an increasingly demanding healthcare system on a personal and professional level, and the uncertainties of the future. This has created an environment that requires certain skills, tools, abilities, and knowledge to not only survive in, but thrive. Research has shown that in general, physicians need to enhance those tools and abilities. Research has also shown the importance and the need for coaching in healthcare, particularly for physicians.

The coaching program was developed by leaders in the field of coaching and physician performance. With over a combined 30 years of experience in both fields, it was designed in an Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH) model according to the International Coach Federation (ICF) requirements. At the end of the program, participants graduate and are eligible to apply for their ACC certificate from the ICF.

Format of the course

Level 1 ACC model according to the ICF requirements

Target population

Healthcare providers, coaches, and anyone who is interested in becoming an ACC coach specializing in physician and other allied healthcare providers performance.

Focus points

The program helps train our coaches to support their coachees in issues such as:

  1. Burnout
  2. Leadership
  3. Self-care and wellness
  4. Emotional Intelligence
  5. Personal growth
  6. Professional growth.

Learning Objectives

  1. Fulfill the requirements to become an ICF ACC coach.
  2. To learn tools to help physicians become better leaders,
  3. To help physicians be more satisfied and productive in their careers
  4. To help physicians prevent burnout and enhance wellness and resilience
  5. To increase physician engagement and retention,
  6. To improve employee and patient Satisfaction.

Syllabus and Schedule

  • 8 Courses: 66 hours Synchronous – Intensive
  • 8 hours resource, homework asynchronous = 74 hours
  • Can be given live or entirely over a web-based platform, or a combination of the two formats
  • This course is taught in English
  • Course dates (Please note these will be 8 hour sessions):
    • October 5th, 6th and 7th
    • October13th, 14th
    • November 3rd and 4th

Course outline

  • Introduction to Physician Coaching
  • Being and Doing of Coaching
  • Physician Burnout, Emotional Intelligence and Wellness
  • Emotional Intelligence Leadership
  • Positive Psychology, Resilience, and Wellness
  • Team and Change Leadership
  • Advanced Coaching Topics and Practice
  • Coaching Competencies Practicum

Core Faculty

  • Zeina Ghossoub, PhD, PCC, CWC
  • Relly Nadler, PsyD, MCC

Guest Faculty

  • Marcia Reynolds, PsyD, MCC
  • Cathy Greenberg, PhD, PCC


The price for this 74-hour course is 7500.00 USD. In general, you are required to have and extra ten mentoring hours which are charged at a usual minimum rate of 200.00/hour. This course will help you cover 7 of those hours.

If you are interested in becoming an ACC coach who specializes in helping the healthcare industry, its physicians, and other allied workers thrive and prosper in this most demanding of environments, please contact us at: info@vitalsignsvitalskills.com

Now, more than ever, we as coaches are needed to help and support those who are in the front lines and who have pledged their lives to help and serve others. For those who have already taken this course, it is more than a career move, it is a higher calling.


“Provided tools and high yield practice to become an effective, empathic, nonjudgmental coach.”, Mini D. MD

“It is refreshing to see people with passion for treating not just physically, but mentally and respectfully spiritually. This program will help clients not just in the medical field, but any field where there are constant distractions, anxiety and occasional hopelessness”, P. Lee, MD

“An opportunity to learn about my own reactions and interaction with others, practice helping others by developing the skill of listening, and connect and grow with my team.” S. Simmons, MD

“This program gave me a new sense of purpose. It allowed me to truly understand what it is to be a coach and the value I can bring to those that are struggling not only at work, but in life. It has begun a new journey for me that I would have never thought I would enjoy so much.”, B. Walker, RN.

“Improved my skills, knowledge, and insights, gave me valuable practice.”, V. Sasson, MD

“This is a loving environment that allows for personal growth and education all while teaching the key techniques needed for excellence in coaching and now is my coaching network of colleagues”. A. Axberg, MD

“It was remarkable and brought more balance, mindfulness, and knowledge to my life”. G. Wirth, RN.

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    Some of our clients so far include:

    1. Leadership
    2. Physicians
    3. Nurses

    On-line risk reduction group. Our burnout course is their number one course taken over the past 2 years. It was launched in 2017

    Publications and poster:

    Publications and posters:

    El-Aswad N. (2020) A Simple Response to Physician Burnout. American Journal of Medicine. 133,8. E442.


    Ghossoub Z, Nadler R, El-Aswad N. (2020) Emotional Intelligence, Resilience, Self-care, and Self-leadership in Healthcare Workers Burnout: A Qualitative Study in Coaching. Universal Journal of Public Health. 8(5): 155-162.


    Ghossoub Z., Nadler R., El-Aswad N. (2019) Resident Burnout: Why Training May be the Solution. Poster Presentation, AHME. Savannah, 2019.

    Ghossoub Z., Nadler R., El-Aswad N. (2018) Effect of using emotional intelligence,wellness,and leadership training on  lived experiences of medical program directors burnout. Universal Journal of Public Health. 6(5): 298-305. DOI: 10.13189/ujph.2018.060508

    Ghossoub Z., Nadler R., El-Aswad N. (2018) Targeting Physician Burnout Through Emotional Intelligence, Self-Care Techniques, and Leadership Skills Training: A Qualitative Study. Mayo Clinic Proceedings: Innovations, Quality & Outcome. 2(1), 78-9. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/6124346


    Physician Burnout and Emotional Intelligence. (2018) An online CME course published by the Sullivan Group, an online risk management and reduction group.


    Ghossoub Z., Nadler R., El-Aswad N. (2017) Leadership Training Targeting Physician Burnout. Poster presentation, American Conference on Physician’s Health, San Francisco.


    Ghossoub Z., Nadler R., El-Aswad N. (2017) Physician Burnout: An Emotional Intelligence, Wellness, and Leadership Coaching Intervention. Poster presentation, Harvard Institute of Coaching. Boston.


    El-Aswad N., Ghossoub Z., Nadler R. (2017) Physician Burnout: An Emotionally Malignant Disease. Create Space Publishing. North Charleston, S.C.


    Ghossoub Z., Nadler R., El-Aswad N. (2016) Resident Burnout: An Emotionally Malignant Disease in need for an Emotionally Intelligent Therapy. Poster presentation, AHME, Fort Lauderdale, May.


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