Education and Compensation

Residency Program Insider, February 15, 2019

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The following is an excerpt from 2017 Residency Coordinator Salary Survey Report. See the editor’s note above for information about obtaining this report.

As in any profession, salaries for residency coordinators can vary widely depending on geography or industry niche (e.g., academic medical center vs. critical access hospital), and such dissonance can make it difficult to gauge whether a coordinator is getting a fair shake; however, certain factors are near-universal drivers of career and compensatory advancement. One of these is education. 

This year’s survey respondents with four-year degrees tend to earn more than their counterparts with less schooling. In fact, almost three-quarters of those coordinators earning more than $75,000 annually have at least a four-year degree.

Peggy Pazos, MBA-HC, executive director of graduate and undergraduate medical education at the University of Texas Health Science Center says in her experience at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, a bachelor’s degree is generally the required level of education; however, she does point out, “Consideration is given if someone has a lesser degree but has GME experience.” 

Diane L. Brucha, C-TAGME, GME project manager of the OB/GYN residency training program at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Magee-Womens Hospital, adds, “At our institution, it is preferred that program managers have a bachelor’s degree or previous experience in the field of GME.” 

Likewise, Monica Welsh, BA, C-TAGME, residency program coordinator for the department of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Louisville, states that her institution has a similar preference for higher education and notes that a bachelor’s degree is required for most coordinator positions; however, like the University of Texas, additional experience may be used to offset education requirements. 

Furthermore, Welsh states, “In a survey that was given to the University of Louisville coordinators, 34.04% had some college [education], 36.17% had a bachelor’s degree, and 17.02% had a master’s degree. Most coordinator positions do require a bachelor’s degree.”

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