TAGME

The National Board for Certification for Training Administrators in Graduate Medical Education (TAGME) offers certification for Program Administrators, Program Coordinators, Institutional GME Administrators and Administrative Designated Institutional Officers (DIOs) of accredited ACGME or AOA residency and fellowship programs.

In the first year offering Global Certification, we are thrilled to report 149 candidates have successfully achieved initial TAGME certification and an additional 45 current members have renewed their C-TAGME status through 2021. Our membership now exceeds 1100 training administrators, coordinators, managers and administrative DIOs in ACGME/AOA graduate medical education programs.

How to Apply: http://tagme.org/how-to-apply/

Initial Certification – Applicant Eligibility

Must be currently employed as a GME professional of an accredited ACGME/AOA program and have completed 2 consecutive years of experience in this role.

Within the previous 3 years have obtained 15 Education Credits where the focus is GME or professional growth. Education Credits may be accumulated through attendance at national, regional or state conferences and meetings; institutional meetings; webinars, podcasts and completion of online modules. The focus of these must be GME or professional growth/development, with the majority being GME-related. One hour of conference or meeting activity = one Education Credit (1 hr. = 1 EC). Meeting titles and sponsoring institutions or groups should not be abbreviated on the application. Routine staff meetings, GMEC meetings and Clinical Competency Committee meetings are not applicable to Education Credit totals. Please refer to the Application FAQs for additional information.

Download the Application for Initial Certification. Be sure to complete ALL fields – failure to do so will result in a delay of application processing.

The application fee of $315.00 may be paid by personal check, money order, certified check, institutional check in U.S. funds or completed credit card authorization form.

Maintenance of Certification – Applicant Eligibility

Must be a currently TAGME-certified GME professional of an accredited ACGME/AOA program and have completed eight years of experience.

Within the previous five years, must have obtained 20 Education Credits where the focus is GME or professional growth.

Within the previous five years, must have completed two Personal Professional Growth (PPG) experiences. PPG experiences are defined as presentations at the national, regional, state, institution or department level; poster presentations or manuscripts published; having an active role in an activity or committee at the national, regional, state, or institutional level; or holding a leadership position at the department level. Presentations are defined as a prepared talk or lecture to an audience or group on an aspect of GME or related professional development. For active or leadership roles, please list years served, position held and organization. For lecture or conference presentations, please list title, meeting name/organization and location. Department orientation or Clinical Competency Committee meetings are not eligible. Please refer to the Application FAQs for additional information.

Download the Application for Maintenance of Certification. Be sure to complete ALL fields – failure to do so will result in a delay of application processing.

The application fee of $315.00 may be paid by personal check, money order, certified check, institutional check in U.S. funds or completed credit card authorization form.

About the Assessments

http://tagme.org/about-the-assessment/

There are no study guides or textbooks to read. Your knowledge of the day to day management of a residency or fellowship training program is the majority of preparation for the TAGME certification assessments. There are two components of the certification process: the Qualifying Assessment (formerly the Monitored Assessment Tool/MAT) and the Certifying Assessment (formerly the Work Effort Tool/WET).

The Qualifying Assessment (QA) The QA is a 3.5 hour, internet-based, open book evaluation that will assess your knowledge of the ACGME or AOA requirements for the successful maintenance of a residency or fellowship training program. The open book approach reflects an underlying TAGME philosophy: that the crucial skill of the program administrator is the ability to find the answer; not the necessity of having instant recall. The QA is comprised of 100 randomly-selected multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank questions. In some instances, citations are required in support of answers. When taking the QA, candidates should have the necessary resource documents on hand as the assessment is provided within a secure browser format. Results are available shortly after completion. A score of 80% or greater is required to be eligible for the Certifying Assessment.

Upon successful review of the application packet, an email link and detailed instructions to complete the QA will be emailed to candidates. All QAs must be completed, at a time of the candidate’s choosing, within a single, 3.5 hour session between the dates specified in the email. No extensions, no exceptions.

The Certifying Assessment (CA) The CA is designed to assess knowledge of how your residency or fellowship training program functions, as well as your ability to find and access information relative to graduate medical education. Candidates who successfully complete the QA will receive the CA via email in May. Also in open-book format, the CA is comprised of 55 narrative and matching questions. Candidates will have 8 weeks to complete and return the assessment to TAGME. A score of 80% or greater is necessary for successful completion. No extensions, no exceptions.

Knowledge Content Areas Candidates can expect these content areas to be addressed on either or both assessments: Academic curriculum

  • Required annual surveys (your understanding of the different annual reports such as WEB-ADS and GME Track for ACGME programs; Opportunities and TIVRA for AOA programs.
  • Milestones and competencies
  • Evaluations
  • Clinical Competency Committees
  • Procedure/case logs
  • Site visits
  • Web site navigation and governing bodies
  • Milestones reporting
  • ACGME/AOA policies and procedures
  • ECFMG
  • Recruitment and recruitment tools

Resource Documents TAGME expects certification candidates to have access to and be knowledgeable of the information contained within these resource documents (most current versions) for the QA and CA completion:

For ACGME programs:
ACGME Common Program Requirements
ACGME Institutional Requirements
ACGME Glossary of Terms
ACGME Policies and Procedures
For AOA programs:

  • Basic Documents for Postdoctoral Training
  • Basic Documents for Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institutions
  • AOA Alphabet Soup

Successful Completion Candidates achieving an 80% or greater score on both the QA and CA will receive formal notification (via email) of certification and TAGME membership in October. Certificates will be mailed in November and regardless of their exact dates of issuance, are considered to expire after 5 years on December 31st. To prevent lapse in certification, TAGME strongly encourages members to begin the process of re-certification (Maintenance of Certification) in January of the year the certification is due to expire.

Unsuccessful Completion In the event you are not successful on your first attempt, you will have one opportunity to retake the assessment(s) during the subsequent year at no additional cost. Only the tool(s) scoring less than 80% need to be repeated. Candidates must fully re-apply and pay an additional registration fee of $315.00 after two consecutive unsuccessful attempts.

Resources (http://tagme.org/helpful-links/)

ACGME, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

AHME, Association for Hospital Medical Education

AMA, American Medical Association

AMA/AAMC/LCME Directory of Medical Schools

ABMS, American Board of Medical Specialties

AOA, American Osteopathic Association

AOA Intern/Resident Registration Program

CMSS, Council of Medical Specialty Societies

COGME, Council on Graduate Medical Education

ECFMG, Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates

ERAS, Electronic Residency Application Service

ICE, Institute for Credentialing Excellence

Joint Commission

Journal of Graduate Medical Education

NAS, ACGME Next Accreditation System

NRMP, National Resident Matching Program

Representation on the TAGME Board of Directors

Each approved specialty/subspecialty has three representatives on the board of directors, one voting member and two member-at-large positions. The term of service is three years. Following are the current representatives for psychiatry and the approved subspecialties:

General Psychiatry Representatives to the TAGME Board of Directors:

Georgina Rink, C-TAGME, voting member and review board chair
Linda Gacioch, C-TAGME, member-at-large
Dorothy Winkler, C-TAGME, member-at-large

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Representatives to the TAGME Board of Directors:

Angelia Powell, C-TAGME, voting member and review board chair
Karyn Kitchen, C-TAGME, member-at-large
Beverly Pernitzke, C-TAGME, member-at-large

For additional information on certification and to register for the TAGME newsletter and email updates, please refer to the website at http://tagme.org/