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Ben Robinson, Chief Program Development Officer


January 21, 2021

Ben Robinson, talks about his work with PCOM to research new academic program opportunitiesLearn about Ben Robinson, chief program development officer, including his work for the College and his professional background.

What is your role at PCOM?

As the chief program development officer, I am tasked with researching new programs and identifying partnerships for Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). In this role, I analyze the higher education landscape to identify opportunities for new programs. I also assist in developing academic partnerships with other academic institutions to facilitate things like articulation agreements and early assurances.

Please share a brief background of your professional career, most importantly anything that directly relates to your role at PCOM.

In my professional career, I have often been in the intersection of healthcare and higher education. In my work with the state of Georgia, I spent about 15 years directing efforts to address concerns with the healthcare workforce. During this time, I wrote “Code Blue: Workforce in Crisis'' which rededicated state efforts to support and expand the healthcare workforce. I also worked for Governor Purdue as the director of the Georgia Board for Physician Workforce (now the Georgia Board for Healthcare Workforce). In this position I played an important role in reinvigorating efforts to support the rural physician workforce, expanding support for undergraduate medical education (including the expansion of the Medical College of Georgia into Athens) and informing state leadership on the need to support expanding graduate medical education (GME).

From there, I spent 10 years with the University System of Georgia (USG). In this role, I helped direct and implement state-level policy, political funding and programmatic decisions regarding the medical workforce. I lead the USG’s efforts to expand GME slots across Georgia. I also lead the USG efforts to bolster the nursing education capacity of the USG nursing programs. Additionally, I served as the main contact for the USG with Lt. Governor’s office on issues relating to health informatics workforce in Georgia.

What are some of the challenges you see in your role? How do you plan to face those challenges?

As a graduate-level health profession training institution we face very unique challenges. From educating a variety of health professions, to building awareness for the PCOM brand here in Georgia, we work to get our name and our full range of capabilities in front of key community members and future students.

What is your favorite thing about PCOM?

PCOM does a great job of enabling me to succeed in family life as well as work life.  I am a father and sometimes need flexibility to do things for my kids and still get my work done.  PCOM has always been great at understanding these needs and providing needed flexibility.

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