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Am J Med. 2017 Jun 15. pii: S0002-9343(17)30617-4. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2017.06.002. [Epub ahead of print]

Expectations of the Ideal Worker and Its Influence on Professional Identity in Academic Medicine: Perspectives From a Career Flexibility Educational Intervention.

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Dr. Howell is Professor and Chair, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of California, Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, California. Electronic address: lphowell@ucdavis.edu.
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Dr. Beckett is Professor and Chief, Division of Biostatistics, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of California, Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, California.
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Dr. Villablanca is Professor and the Frances Lazda Endowed Chair in Women's Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of California, Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, California.

Abstract

• Career flexibility policies to support faculty work-life balance are under-utilized due to many perceived barriers. • Reported barriers to policy use increased after an educational intervention, reflecting conflicts with personal and professional identity and team/peer pressure. • Creating a culture that increases work-life flexibility and satisfaction requires addressing expectations for extreme work devotion, perhaps best accomplished by faculty roles models who can re-shape the "hidden curriculum" of medical education and training.

KEYWORDS:

Work-life balance; career flexibility; faculty satisfaction; professional identity

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