Opinion: What Tom Brady and Beyoncé can teach surgeons: Coaching can keep you sharp

Aspiring surgeons undergo years of supervised training before they can operate independently. But after that training is over, they are on their own for maintaining and improving their skills.

Surgeons must perform at the top of their game day in and day out. So do athletes, singers, and other professionals, but a mistake in surgery has far greater ramifications than a fumble or a missed note.

Top performers in highly specialized fields get there with some combination of natural talent and hard work. But even the most elite — the Tom Bradys of sport, the Beyoncés of music — turn to coaches to help ensure their best performance. Should surgeons?

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