Twelve tips for designing and implementing an academic coaching program

Svetlana M. King, Shafeena Anas, Ricardo Carnicer Hijazo, Johanna Jordaan, Jean D.F. Potter, Naomi Low-Beer

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Coaching has become increasingly popular as a mechanism to support learning across the health professions education (HPE) continuum. While there is a growing body of literature in this area, there is minimal guidance related to the design and implementation of academic coaching in health professional courses. This paper seeks to contribute to this literature by presenting guidance for academic developers who are considering introducing academic coaching into a health professional course. The 12 tips are based on the authors’ collective experiences of designing and implementing academic coaching in university medical courses in Australia and the UK. Although focused on medical education, this paper is intended to have applicability across the health professions, and potentially across university and postgraduate training contexts. Together, the tips offer a strategic and operational framework to guide the design and implementation of academic coaching initiatives in health professions education.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
JournalMedical Teacher
Early online date31 Jan 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 31 Jan 2024


  • Academic coaching
  • faculty development
  • health professions education
  • learner support
  • program development


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