Ask the expert: What is the program director’s role in orienting new coordinators?

Residency Program Insider, March 22, 2011

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When a new coordinator starts with little or no experience in GME, the program director should take the following actions to orient the coordinator in his or her new role:

  • Be available to the program coordinator for weekly meetings, at the very least
  • Send the coordinator to a national meeting in the first year, either the clinical specialty meeting or the ACGME Educational Conference

Before meeting with the coordinator for the first time, the program director should ask the coordinator to read the common and specialty program requirements. This is a good introduction to GME terminology and as a starting point for orientation. During the first meeting, the program director should give an overview of the following:

  • GME structure
  • Training program
  • Medical education concepts
  • How the program meets its clinical specialty program requirements

The program director should also explain his or her expectations of the coordinator in terms of managing, reporting, resident support, and other assigned tasks.

This week’s question and answer are from The Residency Coordinator’s Handbook, Second Edition.

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