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Physician - Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director - Full Time Academic

Ochsner Health
Shreveport, Louisiana
Closing date
Dec 13, 2024

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Emergency Medicine
Full Time
Position Type


The general duties and responsibilities of a residency program director (PD) are to:

Provide an educational experience that will enable resident physicians to obtain the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to practice their chosen specialty independently and competently.

Prepare the resident graduates with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and lifelong quest for learning necessary to successfully achieve their certification and eventual maintenance of certification by their discipline's American Board of Medical Specialties' (ABMS) specialty board and to provide contemporary state-of-the-art patient care throughout one's practice career.

Develop, modify as necessary and conduct the residency program in accordance with and as defined by the program requirements of its Residency Review Committee (RRC) in order to ensure the highest quality education and to maintain continuing full program accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME); ensure knowledge of the current requirements, available on the ACGME website:

Define for the program's sponsoring institution and department leadership the faculty, facilities, support services, equipment and educational resources necessary to create a learning environment maximally conductive to achieving the educational goals and objectives of the program and to maintain program accreditation.

In order to fulfill one's general duties and responsibilities, a PD must possess certain core qualification, as defined by the ACGME, and successfully fulfill multiple specific administrative and educational duties and responsibilities for the program.

Program Director Qualifications

The minimum qualifications a PD must possess are:

An experience following one's residency/fellowship as a clinician, administrator and resident educator for length of time required by the RRC.

A commitment and dedication to the education of resident physicians in all clinical areas pertinent to the specialty.

A demonstration of active involvement in clinical practice, continuing medical education, regional and national professional organizations and scientific societies, and scholarly activities as evidenced by academic publications and presentations. It is particularly important that a PD fully participate in and support the many educational efforts of the Council of Residency Directors (CORD) in Emergency Medicine.

Certification by ABEM or AOBEM. Maintenance of certification requirements must be met throughout one's tenure as PD.

An unrestricted license to practice in the State of Louisiana.

An appointment in good standing and active clinical privileges on the medical staff of the sponsoring institution.

Duties and Responsibilities

Direct a residency program requires a deep commitment to graduate medical education in general and to the educational welfare of a program's residents in specific. At all times, a program director must be thoroughly knowledgeable of one's own institutional policies and practices with respect to graduate medical education and of the ACGME's Institutional Requirements and RRC's Program Requirement . As with the various ACGME/RRC requirements, the following list of duties and responsibilities are intended to be viewed as musts in the administration of the program.

Program Administration

Have appropriate authority to oversee and organize the multiple activities of the educational program.

Devote sufficient time and effort daily to the program to ensure continuity of leadership and to fulfill all responsibilities necessary to meet the educational goals of the program (see 10. Program Director Time Requirements).

Assemble and chair a program Education Committee to assist in the administration and conduct of all program elements. The committee should include representative faculty and resident membership and report to the department chair.

Work closely with the department chair to define and obtain from the department and institution the educational resources necessary to conduct the program. Through the Chair, it is essential that the PD obtain the commitment and active involvement of the teaching faculty in the educational program, including that of the Chair. Included in the chair/director activities should be the development of all budgets pertinent to the program.

Participate in the selection and supervision of teaching staff and other program personnel at each outside institution or clinical site participating in the program.

Work collegially with other PDs, chairs and faculty within the sponsoring institution to develop off-service clinical and educational rotation and experiences necessary for resident education.

Work effectively with the sponsoring institution's Designated Institutional Official (ACGME's DIO ) and, if different, Director of Graduate Medical Education to ensure the program's compliance with all institutional accreditation expectations, to obtain necessary support and resource allocation for the program, and to personally participate in the institution's Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC) and in any other assigned educational administrative activities at the institutional level.

Select and/or oversee the annual selection of an administrative chief resident(s) (ACR). Work in concert with the ACR and all other residents to define and modify as necessary the interrelated administrative function of the PD, ACR, resident chiefs- of- service and teaching faculty in order to ensure an atmosphere of cooperation, open-mindedness and mutual respect in the overall conduct of the program.

Education Program

Be thoroughly knowledgeable of the current and periodic revisions of the specialty's program requirements for residency education as written, approved and published by the RRC and ACGME.

Define the educational goals and objectives of the program with respect to knowledge, skills, and attributes for residents at each level of training and for each major rotation or other program assignment. The document of goals and objectives should be developed in accord with RRC's Program Requirement' and with the assistance of the teaching faculty, must be distributed to and understood by all residents and faculty, and must be reviewed at least annually by the program director, faculty and residents for necessary changes.

Assure that within the program's educational goals and objectives are included those that define the specific knowledge, skills, behaviors and attributes required of the residents to achieve competency in those six areas required by the RRC/ACGME: patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement; interpersonal communications skills, professionalism and system-based practices.

Design and implement a comprehensive, well-organized and effective curriculum containing the clinical and academic elements necessary to enable the residents to fulfill the program's educational goals and objectives and to achieve clinical and technical competency in all defined and required areas. Among the curricular elements to be considered are:

Clinical rotations in all of the disciplines general and subspecialty areas.

Off-service rotations in those clinical areas necessary to augment and complement training.

Assignments to clinical support and administrative experiences such as legal/professional liability services, quality assessment committees, patient care committees, etc.

Research and other scholarly activities with appropriate faculty

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