Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 27, Issue 1, pp 23–27

Mentorship, Productivity, and Promotion Among Academic Hospitalists


    • Denver Health Medical Center
    • University of Colorado Denver
  • Gregory J. Misky
    • University of Colorado Denver
  • Rebecca A. Harrison
    • Health & Science University
  • Brad Sharpe
    • University of California, San Francisco
  • Andrew Auerbach
    • University of California, San Francisco
  • Jeffrey J. Glasheen
    • University of Colorado Denver
Original Research

DOI: 10.1007/s11606-011-1892-5

Cite this article as:
Reid, M.B., Misky, G.J., Harrison, R.A. et al. J GEN INTERN MED (2012) 27: 23. doi:10.1007/s11606-011-1892-5



United States academic hospitals have rapidly adopted the hospitalist model of care. Academic hospitalists have taken on much of the clinical and teaching responsibilities at many institutions, yet little is known about their academic productivity and promotion.


We sought to discover the attitudes and attributes of academic hospitalists regarding mentorship, productivity, and promotion.


We performed a web-based email survey of academic hospitalists consisting of 61 questions.


Four hundred and twenty academic hospitalists.


Demographic details, scholarly production, presence of mentorship and attitudes towards mentor, academic rank


Two hundred and sixty-six (63%) of hospitalists responded. The majority were under 41 (80%) and had been working as hospitalists for <5 years (62%). Only 42% of academic hospitalists had a mentor. Forty-four percent of hospitalists had not presented a poster or abstract at national meeting; 51% had not been first author on a peer-reviewed publication. Factors positively associated with publication of a peer-reviewed first author paper included: 1) male gender, AOR = 2.38 (95% CI 1.30, 4.33), 2) >20% “protected” time, AOR = 1.92 (95% CI 1.00, 3.69), and 3) a better-than-average understanding of the criteria for promotion, AOR = 3.66 (95% CI 1.76, 7.62). A lack of mentorship was negatively associated with producing any peer-reviewed first author publications AOR = 0.43 (95% CI 0.23, 0.81); any non-peer reviewed publications AOR = 0.45 (95% CI 0.24, 0.83), and leading a teaching session at a national meeting AOR = 0.41 (95% CI 0.19, 0.88). Most hospitalists promoted to the level of associate professor had been first author on four to six peer-reviewed publications.


Most academic hospitalists had not presented a poster at a national meeting, authored an academic publication, or presented grand rounds at their institution. Many academic hospitalists lacked mentorship and this was associated with a failure to produce scholarly activity. Mentorship may improve academic productivity among hospitalists.


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