What drives surgeons? Do you really know? 

Of course, you know who they are in a professional sense.  You know who is a heart surgeon, who is an orthopaedic surgeon.  You know the general surgeon that can step into almost any role. 

You know who the high-performers are today.  But, will they be high-performers tomorrow?  Will they be able to be?

How can surgeons be at their best?

How can they stay at the top of their profession and avoid burnout?

Surgeons leave their medical educations ready for professional realities of long nights with little sleep, high-intensity situations, and potentially life-changing conversations with patients and their families.  In fact, these are the hallmarks of a successful surgical career.

However, the actual practice of medicine is much more complicated than what is learned through professional training.  There is no way to prepare for the pervasive culture of shame and blame in the healthcare industry, or how to deal with the daily frustrations of a continually changing medical system. 

Electronic medical records, expense cutting, decreasing reimbursements, new performance measures, and interpersonal issues can make navigating a surgical career feel like it is about surviving in an unrelenting system, and not about providing the best patient care.

All these issues lead to surgeon burnout.

Until recently, the stigma of burnout was that only the weak experienced symptoms.

In reality, most surgeons feel the effects of burnout at some point in their careers.

According to the Medscape National Physician Burnout & Depression Report 2018¹, more than 40% of physicians reported burnout.  Another concerning statistic from this report is that fully half of physicians between the ages of 45 – 55 reported burnout, and over 40% of physicians between 35 – 45 indicated they were burned out. 

Left unchecked, burnout can lead to:

  • Alcohol and Substance Abuse
  • Early Retirement
  • Decreased Productivity
  • Lost Revenue
  • Poor Patient Satisfaction
  • Medical Errors

Perhaps most concerning is the role burnout plays in medical errors.  According to a recent discussion paper by the National Academy of Sciences², medical errors are commonly the result of burnout.  And it is widely acknowledged that medical errors are rarely, if ever, the result of one individual.  With such high incidents of burnout reported, it is not difficult to imagine situations when several burned-out medical providers are in high-stress situations together.

It is essential that practitioners and healthcare leaders take action now to prevent and treat burnout among surgeons. Doing so is beneficial for surgeons, patients, hospitals, and the healthcare industry as a whole.

WellnessEdge™ builds surgeon resilience and changes habits to improve wellness by eliminating the root causes of burnout inherent in the healthcare system.

Participants of the WellnessEdge™ will:

  • Learn effective habits that foster well-being
  • Develop strategies to grow physically, mentally, and emotionally sustainable surgical careers
  • Identify healthy practices not taught in medical training that increase sustainability
  • Recognize negative patterns that contribute to burnout
  • Develop strategies and action plans to achieve goals

Contact us today to learn more about how the WellnessEdge™ provides the framework for a safer, more satisfying, and financially thriving surgical career.

WellnessEdge Benefits

After completing the WellnessEdge participants will have a strong foundation, progressive strategies and forward-thinking action plans. You will walk away equipped with all of the following: 

  • Healthy Life-Style Habits
  • Time Management Skills
  • Advanced Communication Skills
  • Problem Solving Techniques
  • Goal Setting Strategies.
  • Greater Physical Energy

By employing the strategies taught in this program, surgeons will improve their overall well-being and mitigate the chances of experiencing symptoms of burnout. This will foster better patient outcomes and satisfaction. Hospitals will witness the benefits too, as their bottom lines increase.


WellnessEdge- Strategies surgeons need to take control of their careers and prevent burnout.


Surgeon Coaching

If you're not familiar with working with a health care provider coach, the process can be extremely beneficial to your practice and overall well-being.GoldSilver and Bronze programs include hours of group coaching, Gold and Silver programs include individual coaching hours.

Coaching sessions, whether in groups or one-on-one, can be done face-to-face, via web-conferencing software or with phone conversations.

Provider Coaching can help medical professionals to:

  1. Create short-term and long-term goals.
  2. Develop strategies to reach your goals and to manage the complexities of day to day life.
  3. Learn and Implement the necessary steps to deal with self-defeating thoughts.
  4. Examine strengths and new perspectives
  5. Employ resilience training and stress management techniques.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits

Program participants are eligible for up to 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Continuing Medical Education Credits.


Gold Program - $2,995 / Participant (Greatest Value) - 5 Participant Minimum

  • (1) Pre-Course Assessment
  • (10) Video-Based Learning Modules
  • (1) Workbook
  • (1) 1 Hour Kick-Off Session (Web-Conference)
  • (1) 1 Hour Wrap-Up Post-Course Session (Web-Conference)
  • (2) 1 Hour Group Coaching Session (Web-Conference)
  • (3) 1 Hour Individual Coaching Session (Phone)
  • (1) Post-Course Assessment

Silver Program - $1,995 / Participant - 5 Participant Minimum

  • (1) Pre-Course Assessment
  • (10) Video-Based Learning Modules
  • (1) Workbook
  • (1) 1 Hour Kick-Off Session (Web-Conference)
  • (1) 1 Hour Wrap-Up Post-Course Session (Web-Conference)
  • (2) 1 Hour Group Coaching Session (Web-Conference)
  • (1) 1 Hour Individual Coaching Session (Phone)
  • (1) Post-Course Assessment

Bronze Program - $995 / Participant - 5 Participant Minimum

  • (1) Pre-Course Evaluation
  • (10) Video-Based Learning Modules
  • (1) Workbook
  • (1) 1 Hour Kick-Off Session (Web-Conference)
  • (1) 1 Hour Wrap-Up Post-Course Session (Web-Conference)
  • (2) 1 Hour Group Coaching Session (Web-Conference)
  • (1) Post-Course Evaluation

Individual Participant Program - $495 - 10 CME

  • (10) Video-Based Learning Modules
  • (1) Workbook
  • (1) One 45-minute Post-Course Review Session

¹ Peckham, C. (2018, January 17). National Physician Burnout & Depression Report 2018. Retrieved from https://www.medscape.com/slideshow/2018-lifestyle-burnout-depression-6009235?src=wnl_physrep_180117_mscpmrk_burnout2018&uac=266883SX&impID=1536295&faf=1

²Burnout Among Health Care Professionals. (2017, July 5). Retrieved from https://nam.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Burnout-Among-Health-Care-Professionals-A-Call-to-Explore-and-Address-This-Underrecognized-Threat.pdf