Certification goes online.
Adopts global certification.
In 2003, after a year of research and review, the Association of Residency Coordinators in Surgery (ARCS) unanimously voted to pursue certification for general surgery residency coordinators. At the same time, question posed in the AMA/GME newsletter from a coordinator asking if anyone had considered certification for coordinators. That email was answered in subsequent edition with information regarding the ongoing efforts of the surgical coordinators. As a result, several hundred responses were received, all indicating a high level of interest from program coordinators across the nation and in many clinical specialties.
Four representatives from three clinical specialties, Diagnostic Radiology, General Surgery and OBGYN, met in Baltimore to discuss this grassroots interest in certification and to see if there was some commonality that could be used as a basis for setting standards. An on-line job analysis tool was developed and distributed by word of mouth. Over 450 responses were received in the next several months from program coordinators, GME personnel, and training program staff across many clinical specialties nationwide. During this time, the TAGME name was established and the mission and vision statements developed by the surgical coordinators were adopted. TAGME researched other certification bodies and developed their goals and objectives, and criteria for certification.
ACGME Outcomes Project
The evolution of certification for program coordinators dates back to 2002, near the same time the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) instituted the Outcome Project and core competencies. This resulted in profound changes in graduate medical education that increased the scope and depth of the functions of both the program director and program coordinator and resulted in a substantial change in expectations. The responsibilities of the program coordinator increased bringing about the need for a higher level of skills, ability and knowledge that elevated the program coordinator from a clerical/secretarial position to the professional position of manager/administrator. This culminated in the formation of the National Board for Certification for Training Administrators of Graduate Medical Education Programs (TAGME).