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Family Medicine Assistant Professor Catherine Coe, MD, has been named to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Board of Directors. The AAMC made changes to the board structure for its 2021-2022 contingent, expanding from 17 to 19 voting members with the intent to create a more “diverse and flexible board structure.” The recently approved additions include an added community member or patient seat, and a junior faculty representative seat. Coe is the inaugural person to hold the junior faculty seat, chosen out of a pool of more than 60 nominees across the country.

“I am honored to have been selected for this role and look forward to representing UNC,” Coe said. “I had the opportunity to work with the AAMC as a resident in the Organization of Resident Representatives and am excited to work with the AAMC again.”

Her junior faculty seat is meant to keep the organization’s academic mission at its core and to include a greater range of perspectives.

Coe has been heavily involved in medical student education during her time as faculty. She is on the Board of Directors for the Consortium of Accelerated Medical Pathway Programs, an organization of medical schools in the United States and Canada that have developed three-year or other accelerated curricula that lead to the MD degree, and is the director of UNC’s Fully Integrated Readiness for Service Training program, an enhanced three-year medical school curriculum with a direct progression into an affiliated residency program followed by three years of service in rural or underserved areas in North Carolina with ongoing support in practice. She was recently named to the American Medical Association Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium Executive Committee.