Meeting the goals of academia: Characteristics of emergency medicine faculty academic work styles

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Abstract

Study objectives: Emergency medicine faculty have 24-hour clinical responsibilities in addition to the academic requirements of research and administration/teaching. This study was undertaken to determine the existing and ideal work style of such faculty by professorial rank, administrative title, and/or tenure versus clinical track. Design: Data analysis from department or residency directors of Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-approved emergency medicine residency programs. Setting: ACGME-approved emergency medicine residency programs. Type of participants: Emergency medicine faculty. Results: Ninety-three percent of programs submitted appropriate data. Programs averaged 11 full- and four part-time faculty. Mean time ranged from 15 to 30 hours per week with an average mean of 23 hours (48% of total work week) for clinical responsibilities, from ten to 32 hours per week with an average mean of 19 hours per week (38%) for administrative/teaching efforts, and from three to 14 hours per week with an average mean of seven hours per week (15%) for research. Total time averaged between 44 and 51 hours per week. Ideal work style emphasized less clinical time and a shorter work week. Responsibilities varied by rank, administrative position, and clinical versus tenure track. Conclusion: Emergency medicine faculty accomplish the clinical, research, and teaching/administrative demands of academia by increasing the number of faculty, varying the faculty responsibilities by rank and title, and shortening the total work week. Research time is extremely limited.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)298-302
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of emergency medicine
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1992

Keywords

  • academic emergency medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine

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