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Acad Med. 2002 May;77(5):398-401.

Status of faculty affairs and faculty development offices in U.S. medical schools.

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National Center of Leadership in Academic Medicine and Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program for Women, MCP Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To collect baseline data and describe how medical schools handle faculty affairs and faculty development responsibilities.

METHOD:

In January 2000, the authors surveyed faculty affairs designees at 125 U.S. medical schools, using a questionnaire developed in consultation with a group of faculty affairs professionals.

RESULTS:

The responding 76 medical schools (61%) support over four times as many offices of faculty affairs as faculty development offices. Core functions of faculty affairs offices include administrative support for appointments, promotions, and tenure committees; faculty information and policies; faculty governance processes; and department chairs' recruitment support and personnel management issues.

CONCLUSION:

While a consensus is emerging about the functions of a faculty affairs office, no school has a comprehensive faculty development system, in contrast to most industries, which must be more forward-looking to compete for talent.

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