Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 13, Issue 6, pp 406–409

Work activities of clinician-educators


  • John V. L. Sheffield
    • Dept. of MedicineHarborview Medical Center
  • Joyce E. Wipf
    • Dept. of MedicineHarborview Medical Center
  • Dedra Buchwald
    • Dept. of MedicineHarborview Medical Center
Brief Reports

DOI: 10.1046/j.1525-1497.1998.00120.x

Cite this article as:
Sheffield, J.V.L., Wipf, J.E. & Buchwald, D. J GEN INTERN MED (1998) 13: 406. doi:10.1046/j.1525-1497.1998.00120.x


In order to make meaningful scholarly contributions, clinicianeducators 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.

Key words

facultyclinician-educatorproductivitywork activities
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