Program Coordinators

As a Program Coordinator, you play an essential role in the success of your residents. This page contains information designed to support Coordinators and Directors throughout the lifecycle of a residency, including:

Important Dates

  • Part I Application

    January 2024

    On-time application - January 31, 2024
    Late application (+$500) - March 1, 2024

  • Part II Verification

    April 2024

    Resident photos sent to Directors and Coordinators for verification

  • Part II Exam

    May 1-4, 2024

    Information about the Part II exam can be found here

  • Resident Evaluations

    July 1, 2024

    Final residency evaluation summaries are due

  • Part I Exam

    August 5, 2024

    Information about the Part I exam can be found here

  • Training Deadline

    August 31, 2024

    Deadline for senior residents to complete training to be eligible for Part I

  • Policies & Agreements

    September 2024

    Exam Irregularity Policy, Nondisclosure Policy, and Cooperation Agreement are sent to Directors & Coordinators to sign

  • Account Creation

    November 1, 2024

    Senior residents set up an account and apply for Part I

  • Exam Results

    Late 2024

    Part I and 5-year quartiles are available for Directors & Coordinators

Resident Checklist

By creating an account residents will be able to access the Part I application once they have satisfactorily completed their residency training. They will also be able to edit and update information in their account. For example, updating their university email to a personal email which will ensure the ABPMR has their latest contact information to reach them regarding important reminders and communications.

  • Create an account

  • Apply for Part I

  • Update account to professional email address (senior residents only)

Coordinator Resources

  • Residency Training & Requirements
  • Residency Training Programs & Directors
  • Clinical Investigator Pathway
  • Combined Training Programs
  • Examinations
  • FAQ

Residency Training & Requirements

Physicians must successfully complete 48 months (four years) of training in a PM&R residency accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). This training must be completed after graduation from medical school.

Twelve of the 48 months must consist of a coordinated program of experience in fundamental clinical skills such as an accredited transitional year or include six months or more in accredited training in emergency medicine, family practice, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, or surgery, or any combination of these patient care experiences. The remaining months of this year may include any combination of accredited specialties or subspecialties.

Credit for Other Specialty Training

Physicians who have satisfactorily completed one or more years of training (up to and including certification) in a program accredited by the ACGME or the RCPSC in related relevant specialties may receive a maximum of 12 months of non–PM&R training credit on recommendation of the program director and at the discretion of the ABPMR.

These relevant specialties include emergency medicine, family practice, internal medicine, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, pediatrics, and surgery. Completion of 36 months of training in an ACGME–accredited PM&R residency is still mandatory.

The ABPMR will consider approval for non–PM&R training credit only upon recommendation of the residency training program director. Alternatively, upon the recommendation of the program director, the ABPMR may accept a non-coordinated ACGME–accredited “transitional” year or an ACGME–accredited year of training. This alternative training may be in emergency medicine, family practice, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, neurology, orthopedics, or surgery.

The program must include 36 months in PM&R in a training program accredited by the ACGME or the RCPSC. A resident is expected to complete training in a single accredited program except when compelling circumstances make a change advisable. In the event of a transfer, the resident is expected to complete all PM&R program requirements as outlined by the RRC. All required training and experience as stated above must be taken in the United States, Puerto Rico, or Canada.

No credit will be given toward shortening the basic required four-year program for non–ACGME–accredited residencies, fellowships, or internships; for Fifth Pathway in a United States AMA–designated training institution; or for hospital house physician experience. No credit will be allowed for fellowships prior to or during residency training.

Absence from Training

A fellow or resident (trainee) must not be absent from residency or fellowship training for more than six weeks (30 working days) annually, except in the case that a special leave period is granted. Regardless of institutional policies regarding absences, any leave time beyond six weeks, excluding a special leave period, will need to be made up by arrangement with the program director.

“Leave time” is defined as sick leave, vacation, or maternity/paternity leave. A trainee may not accumulate leave time or vacation to reduce the overall duration of training.

Special leave guidance: