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RPA: Draw clear guidelines with new program directors

Residency Program Insider, October 2, 2012

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In the October issue of Residency Program Alert, coordinators give tips on how to strengthen the coordinator-program director relationship, and thus, how to strengthen the program. Here is one such tip from Jeri Whitten, C-TAGME, education coordinator in the department of pediatrics at West Virginia University's Charleston Division:

When a new program director joins comes on board, it is important for coordinators to link up with him or her early on and establish what the new director's expectations are.

"Some program directors are more hands-on, ­others like to be able to delegate more responsibilities, and still others want to see more from the coordinator or program before they are comfortable delegating, so you need to sit down and establish what the coordinator's role is to the program director," says Whitten.

Once the role is established and the ­coordinator ­becomes comfortable working with the new ­program director, the coordinator should take on more responsibilities. Be proactive—do not wait for the program director to assign you more tasks. If you see something that needs to be done, do it.”

To read more in this month’s Residency Program Alert, click here.

 



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