Tip of the week: Four questions to ask a new program director

Residency Program Insider, November 8, 2013

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Start off on the right foot with your program director by learning about him or her. If you have the opportunity to interview candidates for the position, ask the following questions at that time. If you are not a part of the selection committee, then find out the following answers:
• Where did you come from?
• What led to your interest in GME?
• Did you run a training program before? If so, where?
• What are your academic and clinical interests and past achievements?

These questions give you a basis for discussion and opportunity to build rapport and a working relationship. The answers will also give you insight as to how the new program director may perceive his or her role and responsibilities and how he or she may perceive the training program coordinator’s role and responsibilities.

This tip is from the Residency Coordinator’s Handbook, Second Edition, by Ruth H. Nawotniak, MS, C-TAGME.

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