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Atul Gawande: The Difference Between Coaching and Teaching

On Wednesday, October 24, HMS and HSPH Professor Atul Gawande applies his observations from the fields of sports, music, schools, and medicine, to a discussion of how different professions produce top-level performers.


  1. Atul Gawande: The Difference Between Coaching and Teaching
  2. “'What I found over time, trying to follow and emulate people that were focused on achieving something more than competence, is that they weren’t smarter than anybody else, they weren’t geniuses,' Gawande told an audience at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Askwith Forum on Wednesday." - Harvard Magazine 
  3. "Atul Gawande’s Askwith Forum talk covered observations from sports and music, as well as anecdotes from his career — including his experience working with a surgical coach. In addition to suggesting some technical changes (like changing the position of his elbow), the coach also 'pointed out the ways I’d missed opportunities to help the team perform better,' Gawande said. After making changes and re-focusing on small details, 'I saw my complication rates go down.'” - Harvard Gazette
  4. The event was live tweeted by HGSE Live Events with questions being asked via Twitter.
  5. Atul Gawande is a physician and journalist. He serves as a general and endocrine surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and associate director of their Center for Surgery and Public Health. He is also an associate professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School. He writes on medicine and public health for The New Yorker and Slate and is the author of the books ComplicationsBetter, and The Checklist Manifesto.
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