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The following position description outlines the specific duties of the Denver Health Residency in Emergency Medicine Program Director necessary to meet the requirements of the ACGME Next Accreditation System (NAS).

The Program Director has authority and accountability for the operation of the program and has broad responsibilities that encompass every aspect of postgraduate medical education training. This includes oversight of

  • Curriculum and evaluation
  • The learning environment
  • Faculty as teachers, coaches, mentors, advisors and role models
  • Supervision of residents and fellows, including duty hours, and
  • Program management (e.g., program evaluation and improvement, communications, ACGME accreditation, program resources).

The Program Director must appoint and work in collaboration with the Program Evaluation and Advisory Committee (PEAC) and the Clinical Competency Committees (CCC) to achieve excellence in the training program.

The Program Director must ensure continuing accreditation of the program by being familiar with and complying with the ACGME Institutional Requirements, Common Program Requirements (CPR) and Emergency Medicine Program Requirements, as well as ACGME and Review Committee Policies and Procedures and the CU SOM GME Policies and Procedures. The Program Director should monitor his or her specialty Review Committee activities, and be familiar with the ACGME Program Directors’ “Virtual Handbook”.

Minimum Qualifications

Education:  Board certification in emergency medicine. MA in education preferred.     

Experience: Minimum of 3-5 years of participation as a core faculty member in an ACGME-accredited emergency medicine residency program and graduate medical education administrative and leadership experience.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:  Previous educational programmatic leadership/administrative experience, strong administrative and team building skills, excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Willing to combine administrative and teaching responsibilities.

Certificate/License/Registration: Board certification in emergency medicine (ABEM or AOBEM) and eligible for licensure in the state of Colorado. All Certifications and Licenses required for this job must be kept current as a condition of continued employment.

Essential Duties

25%        Provides administrative oversight of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program, including overseeing all program activities and ensuring compliance with all ACGME and other regulatory requirements (representing the program at the Denver Health and CU School of Medicine GME Committees)

15%       Oversees the curriculum and didactics to assure cohesiveness, appropriate supervision, and graded responsibility

5%         Oversees resident recruitment, including applicant review and interview process

10%        Approves the final resident schedules, final advancement of residents from year to year, and the completion of residency

5%          Approves all moonlighting, and any changes for individual residents within a set curriculum to ensure compliance with ACGME and ABEM

5%          Performs entrance and exit interviews along with the Associate Program Directors responsible for the first year and fourth year classes

5%         Evaluates the Associate Program Directors and provides these evaluations to the Denver Health Director of Service and the Chair of the Department

5%          Develops the budget and approves all money transfers from the budget

5%          Responds to all scheduling issues pertaining to any resident rotation sites

5%          Develops maternity leave agreements and approves all maternity leave and leaves of absence

5%          Chairs the Program Advisory Committee

5%          Leads monthly leadership meetings and quarterly residency-wide business meetings in collaboration with Associate Program Directors and residents

3%          Plans the Awards Ceremony and Graduation in collaboration with Associate Directors and Coordinators


  • Demonstrate exceptional patient care management; by modeling appropriate customer care relationships, providing adequate supervision of hand-offs, call schedules and other patient- related activities at the various training sites where their trainees
  • Demonstrate a continuing commitment to excellence and scholarship, particularly medical education scholarship and
  • Articulate and promote a program philosophy of patient-centered and learner-focused culture, consistent with the ACGME general
  • Administer the training program with enthusiasm, commitment, compassion and
  • Adhere to high ethical and moral
  • Demonstrate and practice the core humanistic values —honesty, integrity, caring, compassion, altruism, empathy, respect for others,
  • Exercise
  • Accept ambiguities and the challenge of unexpected complexities and uncertainties
  • Encourage trainees to be actively involved in educational aspects of the
  • Respect and protect confidential
  • Recognize personal competence
  • Work with colleagues in a manner that best serves trainees’
  • Respect the trainees’ and faculty’s cultural beliefs and practices that might be diverse from your own.
  • Subordinate individual interests to those of the trainees and the
  • Establish goals that build the program’s educational
  • Engage with the relevant specialty society or national program directors’
  • Maintain a teaching portfolio which should be linked to the ACGME general
  • Strive continually to be an active learner in the program and share own scholarship through presentations and
  • Remain current with evolving program requirements — institutional, clinical specialty and those involving relevant national
  • Remain current and anticipate trends in GME

Curriculum and Evaluation

The program director must ensure that learning objectives of the program are accomplished through an appropriate blend of supervised patient care responsibilities, clinical teaching, and didactic educational events. The learning objectives must not be compromised by excessive reliance on residents to fulfill non-physician service obligations. The curriculum must also advance trainees’ knowledge of the basic principles of research, including how research is conducted, evaluated, explained to patients, and applied to patient care. In addition, the program director must ensure that the clinical responsibilities of each trainee are based on appropriate PGY-level, patient safety, trainee education, severity and complexity of patient illness/condition and available support services. Finally, the program director must oversee and ensure the quality of didactic and clinical education in all sites that participate in the program.

The program director is encouraged to incorporate basics of adult learning theory into the curriculum and apply these theories when developing trainee learning experiences. In addition, the program director, in collaboration with key faculty, should provide training to residents in how to teach medical students and peers, consistent with the Emergency Medicine Milestones.

The program director has the responsibility to:

  • Develop and continuously improve a comprehensive curriculum that meets the requirements for training in Emergency Medicine and the Milestones. The ACGME competencies must be integrated into the curriculum, and the curriculum must contain the following educational components:
    • Overall educational goals for the program, which must be available to trainees and faculty;
    • Competency-based goals and objectives for each assignment at each educational level, which must be distributed to trainees and faculty at least annually;
    • Regularly scheduled didactic sessions; and
    • Delineation of trainee responsibilities for patient care, progressive responsibility for patient management, and supervision of trainees over the continuum of the program.
  • Develop an evaluation system to assess all competencies, document progressive performance improvement appropriate to the educational level, and provide documented semiannual evaluations of performance on the Emergency Medicine Milestones, with data from the CCC. Regular evaluation of each trainee’s abilities should be based on specific criteria. When available, evaluation should be guided by specific national standards-based criteria. Evaluations should be meaningful and transparent, and inform trainees of their progress in achieving the objectives of the program and the Emergency Medicine Milestones. In order to do this effectively, the program director must develop and continuously improve a competency-based evaluation system to monitor the progress of individual trainees throughout the
  • Provide a summative evaluation for each trainee upon completion of the program based on the Emergency Medicine Milestones.

The Learning Environment

The program director must administer and maintain an educational environment conducive to educating trainees in each of the ACGME competency areas.

The program director has responsibility to:

  • Be committed to and responsible for promoting patient safety and resident well-being in a supportive educational environment.
  • Ensure that residents are integrated and actively participate in interdisciplinary clinical quality improvement and patient safety programs.
  • Ensure a culture of professionalism that supports patient safety and personal responsibility.
  • Design clinical assignments to minimize the number of transitions in patient
  • Ensure and monitor effective, structured hand-over processes to facilitate both continuity of care and patient safety.
  • Ensure that trainees are competent in communicating with team members in the hand-over process.
  • Develop a process to ensure continuity of patient care in the event that a trainee may be unable to perform his/her patient care duties.

Faculty Oversight

The program director must approve the selection of program faculty as appropriate, and ensure there are a sufficient number of faculty with documented qualifications to instruct and supervise all trainees at each training location. Faculty members must demonstrate an understanding and acceptance of their personal role in (a) assurance of the safety and welfare of patients entrusted to their care; (b) provision of patient- and family-centered care; (c) assurance of their fitness for duty; (d) management of their time before, during, and after clinical assignments; (e) recognition of impairment, including illness and fatigue, in themselves and in their peers; (f) attention to lifelong learning; (g) the monitoring of their patient care performance improvement indicators; and, (h) demonstration of responsiveness to patient needs that supersedes self-interest.

The program director has the responsibility to:

  • Ensure that faculty evaluate trainee performance in a timely manner during each rotation or similar educational assignment (at least quarterly), and document this evaluation at completion of the assignment.
  • At least annually, evaluate faculty performance as it relates to the educational program.
  • Identify faculty who would benefit from faculty development to improve their clinical teaching.

Supervision of residents and fellows, including duty hours

In the clinical learning environment, each patient must have an identifiable, appropriately-credentialed and privileged attending physician (or licensed independent practitioner as approved by each Review Committee) who is ultimately responsible for that patient’s care. The program director should ensure that this information is available to trainees, faculty members, and patients.

The program director has the responsibility to:

  • Monitor trainee supervision at all participating sites.
  • Demonstrate that the appropriate level of supervision is in place for all residents who care for patients.
  • Implement policies and procedures consistent with the institutional and program requirements for resident duty hours and the working environment, including moonlighting.
  • Distribute these policies and procedures to the residents and
  • Monitor resident duty hours, according to sponsoring institutional policies, with a frequency sufficient to ensure compliance with ACGME requirements.
  • Adjust schedules as necessary to mitigate excessive service demands and/or fatigue.
  • Monitor the need for and ensure the provision of back-up call support systems when patient care responsibilities are unusually difficult or prolonged.
  • The program director must review each submission of additional service, and track both individual resident and program-wide episodes of additional duty.

Program Management

The program director manages program evaluation and improvement, communications, ACGME accreditation, and program resources.

Program Evaluation and Improvement

The program director, through the Program Evaluation and Advisory Committee (PEAC), must document formal, systematic evaluation of the curriculum at least annually, and is responsible for rendering a written and Annual Program Evaluation (APE). 

The program director has the responsibility to:  

  • Monitor and track the key performance indicators of the program in each of the following areas:

(a) trainee performance; (b) faculty development; (c) graduate performance, including performance of program graduates on the certification examination; and (d) program quality.

  • Ensure that trainees and faculty have the opportunity to evaluate the program confidentially and in writing at least annually, specifically assessing the effectiveness of the program in meeting the overall goals of training in Emergency Medicine.


The program director has responsibility to:

  • Provide each trainee with access to program policies, which set expectations regarding, but not limited to the effect of leaves of absence, satisfying the criteria for completion of the residency program, and information relating to access to eligibility for certification by the relevant certifying board.
  • Communicate with and distribute the departmental and programmatic policies and procedures to the faculty and trainees.
  • Communicate with and involve the program administrator in trainee activities and concerns, as appropriate.
  • Organize regularly-scheduled meetings with the Director of Service, Chair of the Department, and Director of Education to communicate important issues, gain necessary resources, including necessary
  • Conduct regularly-scheduled meetings with the residency coordinator to ensure the proper communication and support a good working relationship of
  • Communicate frequently with the chief residents and/or key residents and fellows; draw trainees into decision-making processes when

ACGME Accreditation

The program director has the responsibility to:

  • Comply with the criteria for trainee eligibility as specified in the Institutional Requirements.
  • Comply with Denver Health’s written policies and procedures, including those specified in the Institutional Requirements, for selection, evaluation and promotion of trainees, disciplinary action, and supervision of trainees. Recognize trainees requiring remediation and develop improvement plans according to the terms of the Academic and Professional Conduct Policy and Procedure and in collaboration with the CU GME
  • Develop a selection policy and process that screens candidates based on program-established criteria (e.g., preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills and personal qualities) and Denver Health and University of Colorado’s vision to recruit and retain under-represented minorities in medicine.
  • Discipline trainees, as necessary, in accordance with Denver Health’s policies and procedures. Disciplinary action includes documentation of performance such as Focus of Concern, Probation, and Plans for
  • Ensure compliance with grievance and due process procedures as set forth in the Institutional Requirements and implemented by Denver Health.
  • Ensure trainee compliance with the Denver Health Appointment & Credentialing Policy requirements, including medical/dental licenses, DEA licenses, immunizations, and required online
  • Provide verification of residency education for all trainees, including those who leave the program prior to completion.
  • Provide timely verification of residency education and summative performance evaluations for residents who may leave the program prior to completion.
  • Prepare and submit all information required and requested by the ACGME. This includes but is not limited to the program application forms and annual program resident updates to the Accreditation Data System (ADS), and ensure that the information submitted is accurate and complete.
  • Obtain review and approval of the sponsoring institution’s DIO before submitting information or requests to the ACGME, including: (1) all applications for ACGME accreditation of new programs; (2) changes in trainee complement; (3) major changes in program structure or length of training; (4) progress reports requested by the Review Committee; (5) responses to all proposed adverse actions; (6) requests for increases or any change to trainee duty hours; (7) voluntary withdrawals of ACGME accredited programs; (8) requests for appeal of an adverse action; (9) appeal presentations to a Board of Appeal or the ACGME; and (10) proposals to ACGME for approval of innovative educational approaches.
  • Obtain DIO review and co-signature on all program application forms, as well as any correspondence or document submitted to the ACGME that addresses: (1) program citations, and/or (2) request for changes in the program that would have significant impact, including financial, on the program or institution.
  • Submit any additions or deletions of participating sites routinely providing an educational experience, required for all residents, of one month full time equivalent (FTE) or more through the ACGME ADS.
  • Not appoint more trainees than approved by the Review Committee, unless otherwise stated in the Emergency Medicine requirements.
  • Obtain written or electronic verification of previous educational experiences and a summative competency-based performance evaluation of the transferring trainee before accepting a trainee who is transferring from another program.

Program Resources

The program director has the responsibility to:

  • Ensure, with the institution’s support, the availability of adequate resources (e.g., funding, teaching and work space, faculty time), for trainee education as defined in the Emergency Medicine program requirements.
  • Understand funding for trainees’ stipends and benefits, and how funding requests are made to participating sites, as well as funding sources and
  • Allocate, with the institution’s support, adequate educational resources to facilitate trainee involvement in scholarly activities.
  • Anticipate potential threats to the program (both internal and external) through regular communication with the PEAC, trainees and

Job Information

  • Job ID: 64916792
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado, United States
  • Position Title: Denver Health Residency in Emergency Medicine Program Director
  • Company Name For Job: Denver Health
  • Job Function: Director,
    Emergency Medicine

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