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Teach Learn Med. 2003 Winter;15(1):21-4.

Does being a clerkship director benefit academic career advancement: results of a national survey.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. elnickim@msx.upmc.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Changes in academic medicine have left clerkship directors (CDs) anxious about their career pathway, because clerkship administrative efforts may detract from other activities.

PURPOSE:

The Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine (CDIM) asked members about benefits of being a CD or CDIM membership toward career development.

METHODS:

Responses were on 1-5 Likert scales with 5 (strongly agree). Background and demographic issues were analyzed for associations with the career benefits statements.

RESULTS:

The response rate was 75% (n = 92). Mean agreement with CD benefit was 4.2 (SD = 0.82) and CDIM membership 3.8 (SD = 0.95). Eighty-one percent and 58% of CDs agreed with the respective statements. Significant predictors of CD benefit were CD and coordinator salary support, years as CD, and receiving a university teaching award. Structured discussions of expectations strongly predicted perceiving CDIM benefit.

CONCLUSIONS:

Most CDs agreed that their CD role and CDIM benefited their careers. Salary support and clearly defining expectations may increase the likelihood of perceiving benefit.

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