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Analysis in Brief

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Medical colleges -- Faculty -- Tenure, Medical colleges -- Faculty -- Perceptions, Medical teaching personnel -- Surveys


For the past several decades, financial uncertainty, changes in health care delivery and reimbursement, and changing workforce needs have prompted medical schools to continually refine their appointment and tenure policies. This Analysis in Brief examines recent data for medical school clinical faculty by describing tenure systems, the financial guarantee associated with tenure, and probationary period length. Data come from two sources: first, responses to the AAMC’s 2005 Faculty Personnel Policies Survey of the 125 LCME-accredited U.S. medical schools. The survey instrument consists of questions about policies and procedures related to appointment, tenure, and compensation structures for medical school faculty. Deans or designated staff members completed the survey instrument, which received a 100 percent overall response rate. The second data source is the AAMC Faculty Roster – a national database that tracks characteristics of more than 95 percent of full-time U.S. medical school faculty.


© 2007 Association of American Medical Colleges.


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Further details for clinical faculty as well as results for basic science faculty can be found in: The Continued Evolution of Faculty Appointment and Tenure Policies at U.S. Medical Schools. Acad Med. 2007;82: 281-289.

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