“We set out to have practicing physicians trained as coaches” so the students would know that they could relate with their journey, said Jennifer Allie, Ph. D., senior associate dean of faculty affairs and development at the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine. “Also, the training will help us shift the focus off of the expertise of the faculty and focus more on the students’ needs and well-being.”
The School of Medicine has developed the PDC program that will pair each student with a coach and additional student team members. This cohort of coaches paired with students will serve as an integrated home within the school of medicine for students. This innovative and unique student experience is designed to foster a coaching relationship that will contribute toward student professional identity formation while providing an additional layer of support toward the student’s academic success.
The PDCs were certified as coaches during a ceremony at the TCU campus on June 26.