Coaching Program

The Coaching Program is an innovative approach to providing longitudinal assessment and feedback to residents throughout their training, and to help residents develop skills of lifelong learning and self-reflection.

Each resident is assigned a specific Faculty Coach who observes and guides that resident across multiple rotations, inpatient and outpatient settings, and training years. The Coach observes the resident in multiple clinical situations (rounds, clinic, initial H&P, handoffs, supervisory encounters, care conferences, and others) and provides specific and directed feedback aimed at strengthening clinical skills. The Coach also communicates with service Attendings to enlist their assistance with furthering specific skills for a given resident. For instance, if a resident has particular difficulty in concise patient charting, the Coach may make the Attending on service aware of this ongoing challenge for the resident and ask them to review notes with the resident. Coaches will also solicit feedback from Attendings following their interaction with the resident to gain additional insight. Coaches also participate in monthly faculty development sessions and serve as part of the Clinical Competency Committee. Each Coach oversees approximately 10 residents.

The Coaching Program is under the direction of Carrie Rassbach, MD, Coaching Director, and Becky Blankenburg, MD, MPH, Program Director.

Faculty Coaches

Elizabeth Blecharczyk, MD

Neonatal Hospitalist

Lynne Huffman, MD

Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics

Sara Kreimer, MD

Hematology Oncology

Caroline Okorie, MD, MPH

Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine

Debbie Sakai, MD 

General Pediatrics Hospitalist

Hayden Schwenk, MD

Infectious Disease

Nita Srinivas, MD 

General Pediatrics Hospitalist
Infectious Disease

Mike Tracy, MD


Becky Blankenburg, MD

Residency Program Director

Lucy Lee, MD

Neonatal Hospitalist
Associate Coaching Program Director

Carrie Loutit, MD

General Pediatrics  
Associate Coaching Program Director

Carrie Rassbach, MD

General Pediatrics Hospitalist
Coaching Program Director