The WellnessEdge™ is a wellness and resilience training program designed and led by SurgeonMasters founder, orthopaedic surgeon, and coach, Jeffrey M. Smith, MD, FACS, CPC. Jeff and invited experts raise awareness of key issues in medicine that impact wellness, and present formidable burnout prevention strategies to help insulate against attack. Coaching questions help guide self-inquiry, while exercises provide instant feedback and opportunities for future growth. This cycle of reflection, planning, and intentional adjustment stimulates positive and sustainable growth. Learn more below or contact

Burnout is an incredibly complex and challenging issue. For starters, symptoms manifest and affect each of us very differently. Additionally, what works for one person experiencing the same symptoms of burnout may not work for another. It is a very personal issue and needs to be approached as such. We created the WellnessEdge™ with this in mind.


The goal of the program is to arm participants with versatile strategies and tools to call on at times when they are needed most.

After completing the WellnessEdge™, participants will:

  • Recognize negative triggers in our healthcare system that spark burnout and deplete wellness.

  • Use tools to mitigate the effects of negative triggers impacting our health and well-being.

  • Assess and apply the best strategy to cool symptoms of burnout.

  • Develop actions plans to advance sustainable wellness habits.

  • Create and maintain habits that give us the physical, emotional and mental edge over burnout.

Left unchecked, burnout has serious consequences for surgeons and hospitals alike, including:

  • Medical Errors and Poor Patient Satisfaction

  • Decreased Productivity and Lost Revenue

  • Alcohol and Substance Abuse

  • Depression and Suicide

Contact or call 312-515-0309 to speak with a SurgeonMasters Team Member.

In essence Jeff showed me some of the skills that I had all along but wasn’t putting to good use; most doctors are smart and motivated but fall short of personal and professional goals due to stress or being unaware of some tools that are at hand, but not in mind.
— Program Participant

WellnessEdge Modules

WellnessEdge™ modules were thoughtfully designed to accommodate the unpredictable schedule of a busy surgeon. 10 modules are anchored by short presentations, self-study exercises and coaching questions. Presentations raise awareness of inherent issues in medicine negatively impacting health and mental wellness. Coaching questions guide introspective practice analysis, and self-study exercises increase the chances of making lasting changes sooner. At the end of every module, participants create action plans using our proven goal setting and accountability process.

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Passion for Performance Improvement

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Inspiring Others to Shared Goals

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Reciprocity of Roles and Relationships

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Complex Problem Solving Through Simplicity

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Attitude Resilience

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Energy for Personal and Practice Wellness

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Communication with Mutual Understanding

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Mental Wellness

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Time / Life Management Using Rhythm

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Emotional Intelligence


The Power of Coaching

Silver, Gold, and Platinum programs feature one-on-one and group coaching. Coaching offers customized and concentrated attention for participants in self-identified areas. You can learn more about the SurgeonMasters Coaching here.

There are three primary stages of the SurgeonMasters coaching process: 

  • Analysis: Coach and participant begin by identifying the client’s goals. 

  • Goal Setting: Coach and client develop plans of action.

  • Adjustment: Coach and client evaluate and adjust plan for optimal performance.

Focused topics during coaching sessions are participant driven, and commonly include:

  • Physical Wellness

  • Time Management

  • Mental Well-Being

  • Interpersonal Communication

  • Career Satisfaction

Contact SurgeonMasters today to bring the WellnessEdge™ to your institution, hospital or practice!

Instead of spending 20% of my time and energy stressing about difficulties of my nascent practice, I’m spending that energy solving problems and forgiving the setbacks that naturally arise.
— Program Participant