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February 10, 2022

Four residency program staff leaders certified by national GME training organization

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ribbon gme webFour staff leaders from UAB residency programs were recently awarded certification from the Training Administrators for Graduate Medical Education (TAGME).

The National Board for Certification of Training Administrators of GME establishes standards for the profession, acknowledges the expertise needed to successfully manage GME programs, and recognizes those training administrators who have achieved competence in all areas related to their profession.

“Our program coordinators and administrators serve vital roles in supporting our trainees and our program directors,” said Alice Goepfert, M.D., associate dean for Graduate Medical Education. “Having so many staff leaders achieving certification shows both their dedication to their roles and UAB and to advancing knowledge in the field of graduate medical education.”

Program leaders certified in the 2021 cycle include:

  • Brandy Freiger, supervisor and education administrator for the Tinsley Harrison Internal Medicine Residency Program (re-certified in 2021; original certification in 2016)
  • Lauren Hanhauser, MA, education administrator for the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program
  • Heather N. Kwok, MS, education administrator for the General Psychiatry Residency Program
  • Cassandra Whatley, MSM, education administrator for the UAB Montgomery Internal Medicine Residency Program

The newly certified professionals join others in graduate medical education programs across UAB who have been certified in previous cycles. These professionals include: Elizabeth McAlister, MS, education coordinator for the Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care Fellowship Program (2018); Martha Veazey, MBA, program coordinator II for the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program (2019); Heather Fisher, program coordinator II for the  Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program (2019); Jennie Craft, MPPM, director of Graduate Medical Education (2017); Karley E. Nemeth, MHA, manager of Graduate Medical Education (2017); and Tammy Pickens, BS, administrative director of the Tinsley Harrison Internal Medicine Residency Program (2016).