Residency

Evolution of the program coordinator title

Residency Program Insider, January 9, 2019

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Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from The Residency Coordinator’s Handbook, Fourth Edition. For more information about this book, click here.


As the role of the coordinator has evolved, so has the title. The coordinator position grew out of
the secretarial support for either the department or the training program, and those who were working with the program director were called program coordinators. With the Outcome Project
and its progress toward NAS, it became clear that the role of the coordinator had also grown. It
now requires more skills and abilities in management, and a greater in-depth knowledge of the
accreditation processes and requirements. Although it is common to use the term “coordinator”
in everyday speech, the position’s title has been evolving into program manager and program
administrator, among others. This change has been supported by the development of a certification
process managed by the National Certification of Training Administrators in Graduate Medical
Education Programs (TAGME) and the recognition of the skills, knowledge, and abilities that the
position requires from the ACGME and GME offices nationally and internationally.



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