Get to Know January 21, 2021
Ben Robinson, Chief Program Development Officer
Learn 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
What are some of the challenges you see in your role? How do you plan to face those
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
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About Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has trained thousands
of highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists
who practice a “whole person” approach to care—treating people, not just symptoms.
PCOM operates three campuses (PCOM, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia) and offers doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, educational psychology, osteopathic
medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and school psychology, and graduate degrees in
applied behavior analysis, applied positive psychology, biomedical sciences, forensic
medicine, medical laboratory science, mental health counseling, non profit leadership
and population health management, organizational development and leadership, physician
assistant studies, school psychology, and public health management and administration.
PCOM students learn the importance of health promotion, research, education and service
to the community. Through its community-based Healthcare Centers, PCOM provides care
to medically underserved populations. For more information, visit pcom.edu or call 215-871-6100.
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