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Medical colleges -- Faculty, Medical teaching personnel -- Promotion, Medical colleges -- Faculty -- Perceptions


Faculty satisfaction is important to medical schools for myriad reasons, including the empirical links between job satisfaction and increased organizational performance, faculty retention, productivity, and patient care. Half of U.S. medical faculty leave their academic medical centers within 10 years, and the resulting loss of these faculty poses financial and human capital costs to the institution. Additionally, the academic medicine workplace has changed significantly in recent decades, resulting in increased demands for research, teaching, patient care, and administration on faculty. To be effective, medical school leaders and researchers must remain abreast of the issues that comprise workplace satisfaction for their faculty. In this Analysis in Brief (AIB), we explore faculty perceptions of the promotion process as a key area of faculty satisfaction worth increased attention, given that the perception of equity in the promotion process is one of the lowest areas of satisfaction among academic medicine faculty members.


Data in this AIB were originally presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference held in New Orleans, LA in April 2011.

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