Funding and advancement opportunities for residency coordinators

Residency Program Insider, March 17, 2021

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Editor’s note: The following is an edited excerpt from Residency Program Alert’s (RPA) coverage of the 2020 Residency Coordinator Salary Survey, which can be accessed in the RPA archive here.

Half of employers reimburse for certification, and fewer reimburse coordinators for maintaining their certifications, according to respondents to HCPro's latest Residency Coordinator Salary Survey (see Figure 5). While this indicates opportunities for coordinators to expand their knowledge in the field, these percentages have shown little growth over the past few salary surveys.

Despite this, the number of respondents who indicated that they were certified by the Training Administrators of Graduate Medical Education (TAGME) has increased over the past few years. In the 2020 survey, 22% of respondents were TAGME certified, up from nearly 21% in 2019 and 18% in 2017.

Further, 45% of 2020 respondents indicated that although they weren't TAGME certified, they were interested in pursing certification, a 4% increase from the 2019 survey.

Advancement and growth are also essential parts of any career, and the coordinator career path is no different. On a positive note, data from the 2020 survey shows growing room for career advancement within the field. Thirty-four percent of respondents reported that the coordinator career path at their institution only has one level, down 9% from the 2019 survey. Those working in institutions in which the coordinator career path has two levels increased to 25% from 18% in 2019.

Respondents reported various factors that differentiate one job level from the next, the top two being "level of administrative responsibilities to the program" and "oversight of other employees" (see Figure 6). The third most common factor was "number of residents/fellows to oversee."

Despite the progress seen at some institutions with defining the different levels of the career path, a growing number of respondents reported not knowing how many levels the coordinator career path at their institutions had: 25% in 2020 vs. 19% in 2019.  

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