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Bordage G, Foley R, Goldyn S. Skills and Attributes of Directors of Educational Programmes. Medical Education 2000; 34:206-210.

Reviewed by: Susan Bannister, MD, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB

What was the study question? What are the skills and attributes that deans and administrators desire in their educational program directors?

How was the study done? A survey was sent to deans, department heads and chief executive officers in the US and Canada. The survey asked "Assume that you are considering hiring a programme director with major educational and leadership responsibilities at your institution. What educational and leadership skills and capabilities would you like to see in this person?"

What are the results? The nine leading skills were: oral communication skills, interpersonal skills, competent practitioner, educational goal-definition skills, educational design skills, problem-solving and decision-making skills, team worker and building skills, written communication skills, and fiscal manager and budgeting skills. The three leading personal attributes were: visionary, flexible and open-minded, and trustworthy and value-driven individual.

What are the implications of this study? This study identifies the scope of skills and attributes that are desired in directors of educational programs. The list is wide-ranging and demonstrates the scope of work we are asked to lead.

Editor's note:
This study is over 10 years old but the results of this study are still relevant and may be of interest to COMSEP members. The results may assist in identifying areas of professional growth.

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