Coaching Program

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

Each resident is paired with a Faculty Coach who observes and guides them longitudinally across all years of training. The Coach observes the resident in multiple clinical situations (rounds, clinic, initial H&P, handoffs, supervisory encounters, care conferences, and others). They prompt self-reflection, provide specific and directed feedback aimed at strengthening clinical skills, and supports the resident in setting clinical goals. Coaches participate in monthly faculty development sessions. Each Coach oversees approximately 10 residents.

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

Faculty Coaches

Becky Blankenburg, MD

Coaching Director

Marwa Abu El Haija, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterology

Kiki Boyd, MD

Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Alaina Kipps, MD


Diane Stafford, MD

Pediatric Endocrinology

Kim Hoang, MD

Pediatric Hospital Medicine 
Associate Coaching Director

Nick Avdimiretz, MD

Pediatric Pulmonary

Kevin Chi, MD

Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Amrita Narang, MD


Luisa Valenzuela Riveros, MD

Endocrinology & Diabetes

Carrie Rassbach, MD

Program Director

Jonathan Avila, MD

Adolescent Medicine

Jessica Gold, MD

Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Debbie Sakai, MD

Pediatric Hospital Medicine