As physicians undergoing residency, we are mentored to be educators and leaders. But in reality, no amount of training can prepare one for the responsibilities and politics the position of a Residency Program Director presents. This practical guide aims at introducing the fundamentals of directing a residency program to help new program directors rise to the challenges that lie ahead.It discusses the job requirements, the complex relations within the department, and gives some guidance on dealing with assessments and teaching responsibilities.
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