Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 27, Issue 1, pp 23–27

Mentorship, Productivity, and Promotion Among Academic Hospitalists

  • Mark B. Reid
  • Gregory J. Misky
  • Rebecca A. Harrison
  • Brad Sharpe
  • Andrew Auerbach
  • Jeffrey J. Glasheen
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

Abstract

BACKGROUND

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.

OBJECTIVE

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

DESIGN

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

PARTICIPANTS

Four hundred and twenty academic hospitalists.

MAIN MEASURES

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

KEY RESULTS

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.

CONCLUSIONS

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.

KEY WORDS

mentorshiphospital medicinefaculty developmentsurvey

Copyright information

© Society of General Internal Medicine 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark B. Reid
    • 1
    • 2
  • Gregory J. Misky
    • 2
  • Rebecca A. Harrison
    • 3
  • Brad Sharpe
    • 4
  • Andrew Auerbach
    • 4
  • Jeffrey J. Glasheen
    • 2
  1. 1.Denver Health Medical CenterDenverUSA
  2. 2.University of Colorado DenverDenverUSA
  3. 3.Health & Science UniversityPortlandUSA
  4. 4.University of California, San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA