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Caught in the middle: Managing your role as liaison between the program director and residents

Residency Program Alert, September 1, 2008

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There’s no question that residency program coordinators juggle plenty of roles, such as counselor, member of the education team, enforcer (how many times did you ask for that evaluation?), cheerleader, information resource, or event planner.

Although each job has its challenging moments, there’s one particularly tough hat for coordinators to wear: liaison between the program director and residents.

Balancing this middleman role is no easy task, especially when it comes to making decisions on what resident information you should share with the program director, says Shannon Dowty, medical education program coordinator in the OB/GYN department at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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