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Am J Surg. 2004 Aug;188(2):126-30.

The responsibilities and contributions of professional educators in surgery departments.

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Department of Surgery, Eastern Virginia Medical School, 825 Fairfax Ave., Suite 610, Norfolk, VA 23507, USA. mendozka@evms.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The purpose of the study is to describe the academic preparation, scope of duties, and scholarly activity of professional educators in surgery departments.

METHODS:

Educators with doctoral degrees employed as full-time faculty in surgery departments were surveyed to determine terms of employment, academic preparation, scope of duties, and job satisfaction.

RESULTS:

Twelve of 13 educators responded and participated in the study. Educators spent, on average, 22% of their time on research activities, 33% on administrative responsibilities, 13% on teaching, 13% counseling students and residents, and 7% writing grants. They spent approximately 34% of their time with surgical faculty, 19% with residents/fellows, and 14% with medical students. Educators' contributions to surgery departments included improvements in assessment and evaluation, educational conferences, recruitment, and research productivity.

CONCLUSIONS:

Professional educators provide support needed to meet the growing demands and requirements of surgical education. Study findings may inform those interested in recruiting a professional educator to their faculty.

PMID:
15249237
DOI:
10.1016/j.amjsurg.2004.03.005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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