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September 6, 1995

Guide to Graduate Medical Education

Author Affiliations

American Medical Association Chicago, Ill

JAMA. 1995;274(9):773-774. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530090109034

While teachers themselves may be born with a natural inclination to educate others, those who also administer graduate medical education (GME) must be amenable to a grueling learning process that no amount of talent can circumvent. Orientation to their many tasks is frequently by trial and error, assisted by homegrown guides or pieces of information gleaned from a variety of sources.

GME administrators have multiple files for the accreditation process (ACGME? RRC? PIF? CAAR? IRD? ARGGGH!*) and the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). (When do we have to return our agreements to the NRMP? Is there a handbook for students, similar to the institutional handbook?) They struggle with developing a housestaff manual that contains all the required items and a few that are useful but optional. GME administrative staff are responsible for orienting resident physicians to the institution, the program department, and related departments; for helping residents enter and exit

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