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J Gen Intern Med. 1998 Jun;13(6):406-9.

Work activities of clinician-educators.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, USA.


In order to make meaningful scholarly contributions, clinician-educators need protected time. Forty-one clinician-educators at the University of Washington recorded their work activities in 30-minute intervals for 2 weeks. The average work week was 58.7 hours (SD = 13.8). The time devoted to scholarship, 7.6 hours (13%), was significantly less than the 20% designated for scholarship in the clinician-educator job description (p < .001); 42% of scholarly work occurred outside the regular work week. At a time when many schools rely on clinician-educators to sustain their clinical and teaching missions, schools should ensure that faculty have adequate time and resources to meet scholarly expectations for promotion.

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