Podcast Episode 5: Tips and Tricks for Managing Multiple Programs

Running a graduate medical education program takes time, patience and support. Managing multiple programs requires a special management style and varying approaches to working with ever-expanding permutations of program leadership, faculty, trainees and other stakeholders. 

In our most recent podcast episode, I spoke with Kimberley Brown, fellowship coordinator at the Department of Anesthesia at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, about what it’s like to manage multiple fellowship programs.

In this episode, you’ll find out how Kimberley:

  • Coordinated the timing and determining the needs of multiple program cycles.
  • Worked with various program directors across subspecialties for a cohesive experience.
  • Ensured that many groups of applicants could seamlessly apply across programs.
  • Kept the myriad recruitment processes organized alongside her other responsibilities.
  • How the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the interview season and program management.
  • Managed applicant and faculty communication in addition to her own schedule.

“I think what I like now is a lot of my program directors are on the newer end of things. And so it’s interesting for me to see…once you get a younger generation, they approach things differently.” – Kimberley Brown

Kimberley Brown, who has been at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for 25 years, started out as a Medical Assistant who stumbled in the world of Academic Medicine by working in UME clerkships and sub-internships. After returning to patient care, she spent 10 years doing training and project support in revenue cycle operations. Kimberley has been working in the Department of Anesthesiology as the Fellowship Coordinator for the last three years.

To listen to Episode #5: Tips and Tricks for Managing Multiple Programs, featuring Kimberley Brown, click here, or find Thalamus Grand Rounds on your favorite podcast platform.

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