, Volume 13, Issue 6, pp 406-409

Work activities of clinician-educators

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Abstract

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.

Received from the Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle.
Abstract presented at the Society of General Internal Medicine’s 18th annual meeting, Washington, D.C., May 3, 1996.