2019 Certification Update – Big Changes Coming!
TAGME is partnering with an outside vendor to assist with
the administration and delivery of our 2019 Certification
Assessment. This exciting shift will:
1. Change the existing assessment from 2-part format to a
single 3.5-4 hour computer-based live proctored session for
Initial and Maintenance of Certification candidates.
2. Allow TAGME applicants the flexibility to self-schedule
a preferred date to complete the assessment within either
Session 1 or Session 2 at one of hundreds of U.S. and international
test site locations.
3. Give candidates that need to retake the assessment the
chance to do so within the same calendar year as the initial
4. Ensure all assessments are delivered and completed in a
consistent and secure testing environment.
5. Expedite the grading and credentialing process.
For 2019 the Certification Assessment Schedule will be:
Application submission – February 1 through April 15
Application review and notification – April 16 through May 31
Assessment scheduling – June 1 through June 30
Session 1 Assessment Completion – July 1 through August 31
Session 1 Retakes – September 1 through September 30
Session 2 Assessment Completion – October 1 through Nov 30
Session 2 Retakes – December 1 through December 31
The TAGME Certification Assessments content will broadly remain
the same and focus on requirements, terms and processes related to
the ACGME, ECFMG residency and fellowship match formats (NRMP
and San Francisco), and other areas of knowledge commonly required
for those in a GME program administrator or similar role. Question
types may include multiple choice, short answer or matching. Essay
questions have been eliminated.
A comprehensive list of the sources and documents to use will be
available to candidates and will be allowed in the assessment session.
The information contained within resource list, along with your
your day-to-day knowledge of GME program management will
adequately prepare you to pass the assessment. Sample questions will
be available with the resource list. The TAGME-Prep webinar (for
qualified applicants) will provide review and discussion of sample
questions. PLEASE NOTE: There is no official study guide or published
handbook that TAGME recommends or endorses for certification preparation>
As we work to initiate the new platform, updates and additional information
will be added to this page. A sample application, complete instructions
to apply, the knowledge content resource list, and information regarding
2018 assessment retakes will be available January 1, 2019. Until then
please review our Eligibility Requirements for Initial and Maintenance
2018 Certification Results
We are pleased and proud to present the 145 candidates
that have successfully achieved initial TAGME certification and
the 8 TAGME members successfully completing the Maintenance
of Certification assessment. Click on the links for the complete lists.
2018 TAGME Board of Directors Meeting
In August, TAGME leadership met at the breathtaking Redfield
Estate at the Grove to review the past year, plan for the 2019 certification
cycle, and install 2018-2019 Executive Committee Officers:
President: Karen Mulcahy, C-TAGME
Cardiovascular Disease – Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Vice President/President-Elect: Annette Lemire, C-TAGME
Otolaryngology – Mayo Clinic, AZ
Secretary (interim): Teri Hill, C-TAGME
Orthopaedics – UTHSC, San Antonio
Treasurer: Vicky Norton, C-TAGME
Orthopaedics, University of Maryland
Past-President: Chris Tutsch, C-TAGME
Orthopaedics – University of Kentucky
Stay tuned for announcements! More information HERE
Wear It Proud!
Demonstrate your certification achievement and commitment to
excellence in GME with our newly designed membership pin. HIgh
quality, gold-plated cloisonné pin measures 1.25″ with a butterfly
back clasp and a velvet storage pouch. Available only to currently
certified members, limit of 1 per certification cycle.
$9.00 USD includes tax and shipping.
You’ve submitted your application, paid the fee and now it’s
time to stress-out over taking the assessments – right? WRONG!
Join us on March 10th for the first-ever TAGME-PREP – a live
webinar led by Elizabeth Sauvé (2013-2014 TAGME President) to
learn preparation strategies, review content areas and answer
all your questions about completing the certification assessments.
Tentatively scheduled for 11:00 am Eastern, the session will last
approximately 1-1.5 hours.
TAGME-PREP is FREE and available to 2018 paid initial and MOC
applicants as well as those needing retake one or both assessments.
The webinar link and confirmed start time will be emailed to candidates
in early March.
In keeping with our basic philosophy, we believe the majority
of preparation to take the certification assessments already exists
within the information learned and experiences as a seasoned
program administrator or coordinator of a GME residency or
fellowship. There are no study guides, review courses to purchase
or textbooks to read. Your ability to quickly and efficiently access
the requisite information and apply it correctly to your program
is the greatest indicator of success in becoming TAGME-certified.
TAGME-PREP will help you organize and focus on key content.
View SAMPLE QUESTIONS from the Qualifying Assessment (QA) and
Certifying Assessment (CA) HERE.
TAGME is going International
In 2018, program administrators, program coordinators, GME managers,
and Administrative DIOs from accredited ACGME-I (International) programs
will be eligible to apply for TAGME certification. Candidates from Lebanon,
Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and United Arab Emirates who meet
all of the requirements for U.S.-based candidates may submit application packets
beginning January 1, 2018 through February 28, 2018. Applicants will complete
the identical Qualifying Assessment and Certifying Assessment as their
U.S.-based counterparts and will be expected to have a comparable level of
mastery in the understanding of ACGME program requirements and associated
knowledge content areas.
Check out our 2017 list of new and re-credentialed
TAGME members. CONGRATULATIONS to all!
Considering TAGME certification?
As accreditation for medical training grows ever more complex, institutions
require experienced, proven specialists who can navigate, document, report
and understand the nuances of successful GME programs.
Join the over 1400 TAGME-certified professionals who exhibit their advanced
competencies in and demonstrate a higher commitment to the role of residency
and fellowship administrators, coordinators and managers in accredited ACGME
and AOA programs.
Achieving the C-TAGME credential is a comprehensive process. It will expand
your GME knowledge, prepare you for greater on-the-job responsibilities,
enhances your professional image, reflects accomplishment, build self-esteem,
and increases potential career advancement. So…what are you waiting for?
Annual Board of Director’s meeting, August 2017 – Charlottesville, VA
Shown from top. L to R: Karen Saulle, Teri Hill, Gloria Jorge, Tracy Lansdale, Jennie
Faulkner, Laura Gibson, Stephanie Morville, Anny Ronayne, Anne Hoffman, Linda Shaffer,
Vicky Norton, Dorothy Winkler, Kora Gray, Cheryl Moss, Annette Lemire, Karen Mulcahy,
Elizabeth Sauve, Mary Jane Cahill, Chris Tutsch, Lois Shuman
President: Chris Tutsch, C-TAGME
Orthopaedics, University of Kentucky
Vice-President/President-Elect: Karen Mulcahy, C-TAGME
Cardiovascular Disease, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Secretary: Annette Lemire, C-TAGME,
Otolaryngology, Mayo Clinic – AZ
Treasurer: Mary Jane Cahill, C-TAGME
Anesthesia, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Administrative Officer: Vicky Norton, C-TAGME
Orthopaedics, University of Maryland
Immediate Past-President: Laura Gibson, C-TAGME
Medical Genetics, Johns Hopkins Medical Center
Denise Lesniak, C-TAGME and Lisa Miller, C-TAGME have been named recipients of
the 2017 ACGME Award for GME Program Coordinator Excellence for their in-depth
understanding of the accreditation process, excellent communication and interpersonal
skills, and projects to improve residency programs. They will be honored at the
upcoming ACGME Annual Education Conference in Orlando, FL in March, 2018.