Asking Questions! Life Improvement Strategies for the Surgeon Who Wants 10 minutes - Episode 34

Pump the brakes on your week and take 10 minutes to make your life as a surgeon just a little better…

Jeff welcomes back to the mini-podcast advocate and SurgeonMasters team member, Paul Hiller. On this episode, the team discusses the important role asking questions plays in performance improvement.

Jeff explains that the old method of teaching and providing advice are not as effective as newer education models designed to engage critical components of the adult learning cycle. A truer path in the performance improvement process is through asking honest, contemplative questions.

What are these critical steps in the performance improvement process?

  • Step 1 - Write down and ask yourself a series of self-reflective questions. You can also use The 8 PRACTICEs Performance Improvement Tool.

  • Step 2 - Reflect on your notes and design a plan for performance improvement.

  • Step 3 - Put YOUR plan into action!

Once you put your practice into action, repeat the cycle for continued performance improvement.

Most importantly, start asking yourself critical, self-reflective questions to deliver constructive feedback for performance improvement.

At SurgeonMasters, we are driven by a passion for performance improvement and a strong desire to deliver excellent patient care. To do so, it is critical we care for ourselves with healthy and sustainable practices that promote well-being and prevent burnout. The 8 PRACTICEs is a methodology designed to bring awareness, intention and purpose to your actions.


Asking Questions is a great example of how surgeons can improve their effectiveness inside and outside of the OR.