Residency program coordinators are responsible for the administrative duties surrounding a medical residency program within a teaching hospital or medical facility. Coordinators work closely with medical residents (student doctors in training), helping ensure that they are getting the education needed and are on track for graduation. Ensuring that their site can earn full accreditation is also a main focus for program coordinators. They must remain up-to-date and knowledgeable of accreditation standards to ensure compliance.
Residency program coordinators are responsible for ensuring their program runs smoothly and typically report to a residency program director. Coordinators often play a role in vetting resident applicants and choosing students for admittance into the program. Coordinators are also in charge of filing paperwork, meeting deadlines, and working with computer databases.
Excellent organization, analytical, and communication skills are required of successful coordinators. The environment is fast-paced and ever-changing, and coordinators often need to be able to think on their feet and work independently. Coordinators typically work indoors in an office environment. Work is year-round and particularly heavy in the summer, as most programs begin in July.
No specific education is required of residency program coordinators. Typically, coordinators must have at least five years of related experience, generally in specific medical specialties with responsibility for managing students and completing general healthcare administration tasks such as budgeting and scheduling. Relevant certification may be preferred as well.
Residency Program Coordinator Tasks
Match residents and their areas of medical interest at teaching hospital for residency training.
Review medical school records and qualifications of applicants to guarantee facility has medical residents appropriate to hospital goals.
Interact with doctors, fellows, administrators and institutional and regulatory agencies to ensure correct placement of resident physicians.