Residency

Mastering your to-do list: Stay organized and one step ahead

Residency Program Alert, September 1, 2009

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By Friday afternoon, training program coordinators have squeezed more into a 40-hour workweek (50- or 60-hour weeks for some of you) than seems humanly possible. But no matter how many items you check off, a coordinator’s to-do list never seems to shrink—there is always a report due, a conference to organize, a resident’s question to answer, or a project to finish.

“The issues of time management, fitting everything in, and meeting deadlines are still a constant challenge for me. I constantly have to work at it,” says Sally Jones, radiology residency and medical student coordinator at University of Kentucky in Lexington.

Jones isn’t alone. RPA’s annual salary survey asked coordinators to list the biggest challenges they are facing, and responses included:

  • Managing the workload and meeting deadlines as the result of recent staff cuts
  • Trying to get everything done in a 40-hour workweek and not being able to get overtime
  • Having a large workload and not getting things organized before the next task comes along

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