Awake at the Wound - Using Performance Coaching in a Training Program

During this month’s call, we met Dr. David Hanscom. His resume is very impressive. He is an orthopedic spine surgeon at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, WA and co-director of the Swedish Neuroscience Spine fellowship.

His current clinical efforts are focused on optimizing patient outcomes by systematically addressing all of the variables that affect pain. He has written a book, Back in Control: A Surgeon’s Roadmap Out of Chronic Pain. The variables addressed are sleep, the central nervous system, medication management, goal setting, education, and aggressive soft tissue rehabilitation. It is a largely self-directed process and is also implemented before any elective surgery.

In 2006, Dr. Hanscom incorporated athletic performance principles into his surgical practice by working with a performance coach, David Elaimy. He and David have been incorporating these concepts into the fellowship training since 2010. The goal is to deliver a consistent performance regardless of the difficulty of the case and situation. The tools are applicable in and out of the OR. 

Dr. Hanscom introduced us to Awake at the Wound, which integrates the concepts from The Talent Code by Dan Coyle, and lessons learned from a 36-year career in medicine. One of his former fellows even shared his personal experience with the training!

What you’ll get from the call?

  • Background about Dr. Hanscom's experience with anxiety and burnout

  • An introduction to Awake at the Wound

  • Performance = Skill - Interference

  • How to exercise functional decision making

  • And more...

Dr. Hanscom is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in complex spine problems in all areas of the spine. He has expertise in adult and pediatric spinal deformities such as scoliosis and kyphosis. A significant part of his practice is devoted to performing surgery on patients who have had multiple prior spine surgeries. He works for Swedish Neuroscience Specialists in Seattle, WA with eight neurosurgeons and a physiatrist.