Supporting Trainees During COVID-19 Pandemic: A New York Perspective

Introduction I’ve equated working during the COVID-19 pandemic in NYC to a war. Bombs might not be dropping on us; but life as we know it has been transformed. And for most of our trainees, this is a first brush with living and working in a war-zone. Here I provide a...

A Program Director Job Description: Lessons from Little League

After coaching my sons in a little league baseball game, my 12-yr-old asked me, “Hey Dad do you coach at work too?” I responded quickly with “Yes, yes I absolutely do!” and cracked a smile. Right then, after some apparent reflection (possibly triggered by our team’s...

Best Practices for Semi-Annual Evaluation of Fellows

Craig A. Piquette, MD “Oh, how I hate evaluations with my boss!”   How many times have you said that? We often feel that those meetings are a waste of time and we never learn anything from them. Our fellows probably feel the same way but we have an opportunity to...

Using Behavior-Based Interviews to Improve the Interview Process

As a relatively new program director years ago I spent an inordinate amount of time coaching trainees with performance difficulties to success. Most of them did not have difficulties with medical knowledge, but in multiple behavioral competencies, namely...