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Medical colleges -- Faculty -- Job satisfaction, Academic medical centers -- Work environment, Medical colleges -- Faculty -- Perceptions


Faculty members in US academic medical centers face multiple pressures, including increasing clinical productivity while also providing quality education to medical students and residents. With the resulting potential for decreased job satisfaction and burnout, understanding these issues is paramount—especially given the associations of job satisfaction and important outcome measures like quality of patient care and retention. The turnover of these faculty could rise and pose great financial and human capital costs to institutions. Despite the challenging context in which clinical faculty find themselves, current understanding of the facets of clinical faculty workplace satisfaction, especially by specialty area, is limited. We undertook this research to describe dimensions of workplace satisfaction of full-time MD clinical faculty physicians at US academic medical centers and to examine the factors associated with satisfaction and intent to leave academic medicine.


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