Prevent Residency Director Attrition from Impacting Your Resident Training Program
In the last few years, medical residency program director attrition has increased and the constant turnover can impact residency training quality and consistency. It’s just one of the new hardships for residency programs and why residencies are seeking smarter solutions regarding seamless resident education and consistent quality outcomes.
High Program Director Attrition Rates
Program Director turnover now exceeds 20% per year. Over half of Program Directors will quit in the next four years.
Why has attrition increased?
The role and station of the Program Director has changed.
With the onslaught of healthcare mergers and consolidation, residency programs are increasingly moving under the administrative purview of corporate ownership rather than university-based scholastic administration. What happens in the hospital, especially who works there and what tasks they undertake are increasingly treated as hospital “employee” operations – at least by hospital management.
First, “the residency program” itself may be getting shortchanged by budget hawks making it more difficult and frustrating for “managers” to exercise any meaningful change toward improving program outcomes.
Second, medical practice has become more time-intensive overall, impacting quality of life – and clinicians are less inclined to pledge their remaining time to provide program leadership.
“Today, the Program Director is likely to be (80%) an employee of a hospital system, rather than a teaching university. This is big shift. The post may be seen as merely an institutional process controller. Funds for training resources may be more difficult to procure. And unless you are passionate about it, that extra responsibility can come with little upside. You have to find smarter ways to get control over how training is accomplished.”Resident Director, 2019 Residency Education Survey
The Residency Director Role Has Changed
The role of Program Director was once a key post where one individual would essentially helm program administration and academic planning year after year.
Today the role of Residency Director is becoming more transitory and not necessarily treated as a “post of honor” like it once was.
The title of PD is being passed from person to person with more frequency – sometimes within a single program year – leading to inconsistencies in resident training and evaluation.
It is becoming more difficult for programs with high PD attrition rates to maintain any consistency of education processes, resources and outcomes from year to year.
Today, the role of PD is being passed from person to person with more frequency – sometimes within a single program year – leading to inconsistencies in resident training and evaluation.
Residency Director Attrition – How to Ensure Residency Education Consistency
If PD rates of turnover are likely to continue, a prudent action for residency programs is to adopt systemic education and evaluation resources – such as an online education platform.
The best online residency education platforms supply a foundation of consistency – a common set of curricula, activity controls, and analytics.
Centralizing education uptake, assessment, and performance outcomes – via an easy-to-use online platform – helps mitigate any bumps, gaps, or changes in program leadership.
If PD rates of turnover are likely to continue, a prudent action for residency programs to adopt systemic education and evaluation resources.
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Med-Challenger has been providing online education services to residencies for two decades. Our all-in-one residency education platform is designed for program directors and the problems residency programs, their faculty, and residents face every day.
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