Become a Certified Physician Development Coach™

“Our goal is to develop participants with advanced coaching skills and tools to more expertly address the challenges facing physicians.   We are proud of how our ICF-accredited curriculum has evolved over the past fifteen years to reflect not only changes in healthcare that impact physicians, but also…who’s becoming a coach! Health systems are taking note that professional coaching is a must-have resource for their physicians in order to foster well-being and resilience—- research backs that up. It is truly gratifying to hear from our coach graduates and the impact they are having with physicians in their community.” 

— Francine Gaillour, MD, MBA, FAAPL, PCC, Founder and Executive Director

Program Overview

Our flagship  program, the Certified Physician Development Coach™ offers a comprehensive professional coach training experience, providing participants with specialized coaching concepts, structures and tools to develop their expertise in the field of physician coaching. A 6-month learning journey, program is is open to clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals.   On completion of the program, the coach earns the Certified Physician Development Coach™ credential offered exclusively by the Physician Coaching Institute. Certification is a demonstration of commitment to the field of professional coaching in healthcare and the desire to be a catalyst for transformation.

Cohort members in the Certified Physician Development Coach™ training are typically an accomplished and diverse group that may include physicians, nurses, healthcare C-suite executives, HR executives, allied health professionals, mental health professionals, healthcare industry executives, and trained coaches. Eighty percent of PCI members have at least Masters level education, with many at the PhD and Doctorate level. One half of our graduates are physicians.

Participants who enter a cohort may be planning to become an internal coach for  their organization.  Others are planning to be an entrepreneur coach with their own coaching practice.  Many are currently serving as healthcare leaders and want to advance from “informal coaching” to professional level coaching.

(Learn more about our other healthcare coach training programs.)

Curriculum and Physician Coaching Proficiencies

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) has approved the PCI Program for 60 hours of Continuing Coach Education (CCE):  48 hours in Core Competency category and an additional 12 hours in Coaching Resource category.

The Physician Coaching Institute’s Certified Physician Development Coach™ Training Program provides students comprehensive training with the objective of developing professional coaching competencies across six Advanced Coaching Proficiency Areas (ACPA).  A proficiency area encompasses of two or more Learning Modules that introduce coaching concepts and specific field-tested coaching tools for physicians.

Each Learning Module consists of a live, interactive learning experience. Relevant reading resources, coaching practice and action plans accompany each module. Coaching skills practice and a Capstone Project round out the learning process. Detailed graduation requirements are outlined in the PCI Proficiency Portfolio.

 Advanced Coaching Proficiency Areas (ACPA)
ACPA-1 Healthcare Environment, Physicians and Change: The Role of Coaching and the Coaching Competencies
A deeper dive over two modules that follows from the discussion started in the PCI Orientation. We explore the initiatives, drivers and trends that are impacting physician self-identify and sense of value. We explore how the research on coaching change correlates with ICF Core Coaching Competencies, and models to hone coaching presence and the coaching mindset
ACPA-2 Coaching Physician Fulfillment
A 4-module exploration and practice of specific coaching tools. We first examine some of the data on fulfillment and morale, then develop expertise on values clarification, non-cognitive imaginal exploration, and finally using validated assessments. All of these tools in concert facilitate physician self-awareness and understanding of their interior landscape
ACPA-3 Coaching the Physician Leader
The focus of these three modulesare to coach the physician leader in three key areas: to be a change catalyst, to influence through emotional intelligence and authenticity, and to support teams and colleagues as they craft a culture of collaboration and high performance.
ACPA-4 Coaching the Physician for Career Expansion and Resilience
This discussion on physician career resilience covers several coaching topics that may arise for physicians wishing to better enjoy their career. It's vital to understand why career fulfillment is key to overall physician satisfaction and how to introduce specific physician career tools that will help them think more expansively.
ACPA-5 Coaching Physician Personal Growth and Transformation
Physicians entering into a coaching journey are poised for living and leading from the inside out. An important early coaching structure is to help them verbalize, articulate and embody an authentic personal intention. In these modules we introduce three evidence-supported coaching structures that are useful for improving physician satisfaction and performance.
ACPA-6 Designing Coaching Programs for Physicians
Learning how to develop a formal structure and well-defined program scope is important to support certainty and co-create trust. Several Coaching Program templates are introduced, each containing elements and structures that comprise different coaching program purpose and time arc.

Faculty and Program Delivery

The training cohort begins the learning journey with a 2-day on-site Kickoff in Seattle, WA (or Zoom video if travel restrictions in effect due to the COVID-19 pandemic). Workshop style, the Kick-off provides an opportunity for immersive advanced coaching skills practice facilitated by Dr. Gaillour along with co-faculty Amorah Ross, ICF Master Certified Coach and Certified Mentor Coach.

The 2-day Kick-off also serves as a forum to build collegiality and co-create trust among cohort members. Following the Kick-off, the cohort meets as a group twice a month via 90-minute live video conferences over the next six months for regularly scheduled modules. Cohort members  arrange their assigned buddy coaching sessions and field work in between modules. Integrated into the program are Mentor Coach Session which afford an opportunity to reflect on coaching skills development.  We conclude our training journey with a 2-day Graduation Capstone and Enrichment Project presentations.

Note:  Kickoff and Capstone events will be conducted via Zoom as long as COVID pandemic poses risk for travel and indoor gatherings. We are monitoring CDC, State, and WHO guidelines.

Earning the Certified Physician Development Coach™ credential

Proficiency is developed by practicing new coaching tools and demonstrating new coaching insights. For completion and achieving status as a graduate of the physician Coaching Institute, the participant must complete the PCI Proficiency Portfolio. Buddy Coaching Exercises are assigned throughout the 6-month program and are conducted with cohort members. In addition, a Coach Enrichment Project is the second major element of the PCI Proficiency Portfolio.  The third element of proficiency is participation in cohort learning, including mentor coach sessions.

At the conclusion of the training program, the coach will earn the Certified Physician Development Coach™ designation, provided the following criteria are met:

  • Coach has completed all three elements of the the PCI Proficiency Portfolio
  • Coach has demonstrated a commitment to improving the professional effectiveness and personal well-being of physicians and other healthcare team members
  • Coach has demonstrated a commitment to the values of the Physician Coaching Institute: honesty, integrity, professionalism and collegiality
The Certified Physician Development Coach™ designation is granted exclusively by the Physician Coaching Institute.

The International Coach Federation has accredited the Certified Physician Development Coach™ training  for for 60+ hours of Continuing Coach Education (CCE): 48+ hours in Core Competencies and 12 hours in Resource Development.

Tuition, Training Dates and Enrollment Process

Starting with the September 2021 cohort, tuition for the Certified Physician Development Coach™program is $9500. 

We launch two training cohorts each year, in Fall and Spring.  The next training kickoff dates are:

Spring Cohort start March 11-12, 2022

Fall Cohort starts September 10-11, 2022

Enrollment Process:
  • Candidates are encouraged to first attend an Information Webinar (held approximately twice a month—see form below) or review the program summary.
  • After the Information Webinar, submit a Preliminary Application and Arrange a 30-minute Enrollment Discussion with the Executive Director. The objectives are to learn more about your professional background and coaching experience, evaluate where you are in meeting the prerequisites, and explore the outcomes you want to achieve from participation in the training.
  • After the Enrollment Discussion you will be invited to continue the enrollment process, provided you meet the eligibility requirements (see below).  Your spot in the next cohort is reserved by submitting the Enrollment, Certification and Payment Policy Agreement as well as the $300 Enrollment Deposit (non-refundable).   Enrollment is confirmed upon receipt of full tuition.
  • Enrollment for the Spring 2022 Cohort is now open
    • Early Enrollment Tuition is due December 17, 2021 ($500 savings)
    • Regular enrollment closes January 14, 2022
  • Withdrawal and Transfer Fees are outlined in the Enrollment, Certification and Payment Policy Agreement

Prerequisites and Eligibility

Candidates for the program must meet the following criteria  before enrollment:

  • The participant must have completed at least 15 hours of foundational level coach training through a school approved by the International Coaching Federation (ICF).  Coaching foundation training is offered by the Physician Coaching Institute through the Healthcare Peer Coaching Fundamentals course; other coaching schools also offer a fundamentals course.
  • The participant must be open to a cohort learning format which requires active participation and engagement in a supportive, non-hierarchical manner.
  • It is recommended that the participant has previously gone through an introspective personal development process and/or coaching prior to joining a cohort.
  • The participant is expected to honor the Physician Coaching Institute values of honesty, integrity, professionalism, and collegiality.

Register for an Information Webinar