Residency

Setting boundaries with residents

Residency Program Insider, August 12, 2016

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During HCPro’s recent webcast, Survival Skills for Residency Coordinators and Administrators, presenter Diana Davila, C-TAGME, program coordinator for the University of Texas Southwestern Family Medicine Residency Program in Dallas, answered a number of audience questions, including how to define the relationship between coordinators and residents. The following is her response:

Q: How do you prevent residents from treating you as a “parent?”

Davila: When I address residents during orientation, the first thing I lay out is the expectations and I tell them, “I’m not your mom. I’m here to make sure you get your education and you pass your boards so you can come on as a family physician.”
There are always some that are going to try to treat you as their mom. They know I’m always there to listen to them, that I’m behind them 110%. But I tell them I have three of my own kids; I can’t handle 30 more.

It’s a mental thing. If you don’t view yourself as their parent, they’re not going to treat you as a parent.

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