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Academic Internal Medicine Insight

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Medical colleges -- Faculty -- Job satisfaction, Internal medicine -- Faculty -- Perceptions, Medical colleges -- Faculty -- Recruitment and retention


As demands on academic medical faculty have risen, medical school leaders and researchers have raised awareness about and attention to job satisfaction, faculty stress and burnout, and struggles with recruitment and retention. This increased attention is important because researchers have consistently demonstrated an empirical link between job satisfaction and retention as well as between job dissatisfaction and intent to leave an organization (1–4). Given the high costs of faculty turnover (5–7), it is essential to understand the factors that contribute to the satisfaction of medical school faculty. Using responses from a faculty satisfaction survey administered to full-time faculty at 10 medical schools, we examined key areas of medical faculty job satisfaction and dissatisfaction, first, for all faculty, and second, for faculty in internal medicine departments. Results illustrate significant differences between clinical faculty and basic science faculty in the areas of highest faculty satisfaction, and differences between internal medicine faculty and other clinical faculty on satisfaction with their clinical practice.


© 2011 Academic Internal Medicine Insight. Reprinted with permission.

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