Program Coordinator Professional Development: Definition, Perception of Importance, Motivating Factors, and Barriers

The graduate medical education (GME) coordinator role has continued to evolve over the past decade and even more so within the last 5 years.1,2 This shift is, in part, a reflection of increasing regulatory demands within medical education, which require appropriate knowledge and skills to manage.3 The title of “program coordinator” no longer seems adequate to represent all that the position entails. Increased use of titles such as program manager, program administrator, associate program administrator, or education specialist,4 which distinguish a higher level of skills and competency imperative to the role, provide evidence of this shift.

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