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Analysis in Brief

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Part-time college teachers -- Evaluation, Medical colleges -- Faculty, Medical teaching personnel, Medical education


Despite the fact that many medical schools have increased their reliance on part-time faculty over the past several decades, scant information about the experiences and job satisfaction of parttime faculty exists in the literature. This Analysis in Brief is an exploratory study to provide insight—from the part-time faculty perspective—into the unique issues facing this faculty group and suggestions they offer for improving the workplace. Understanding the part-time faculty members’ experience is important, as they serve a significant and permanent role in the medical school workforce. When used appositely, these part-time medical school faculty appointments can benefit both individuals and institutions. For example, part-time careers can address the work-life balance many faculty hope to achieve—especially the newer generation of both male and female faculty—and may serve as a pathway to retirement for others. To help inform these discussions around these issues and to create a baseline for future studies, we present salient themes from a set of focus groups.


© 2011 Association of American Medical Colleges


Data in this AIB reflect highlights from an AAMC report entitled, An Exploration of Part-time U.S. Medical School Faculty: Thematic Overview, available at

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