Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 41, Issue 4, pp 460–466 | Cite as

Altmetrics for Medical Educators

  • Margaret S. ChisolmEmail author
In Depth Article: Commentary

The over-arching mission of medical educators is to teach physicians to practice medicine in a way that will “benefit the sick” and “keep them [‘the sick’] from harm and injustice” [1]. Medical educators fulfill this aim through (1) a clear understanding of the discipline and methods of teaching and (2) participation in the pre-clinical and clinical teaching of medical students, specialty and subspecialty training of residents and fellows, and/or continuing medical education of practicing physicians. Teaching is a generative activity, based on a shared trust that learners will “pay it forward” and further advance the profession of medicine [2].

Medical education scholars have additional aims, including the development, evaluation, and dissemination of novel and impactful curricula. For these innovations, medical educators deserve, and often desire, institutional recognition and reward in that “coin of the academic realm”—promotion and tenure. But, how does one ultimately evaluate the...


Medical Educator Public Engagement Social Media Platform Academic Product Academic Advancement 
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The author wishes to thank Paul R. McHugh for his invaluable comments and suggestions on the review of an earlier draft of this paper.

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The author adhered to scientific and ethical authorship research standards.


The author is a co-editor-in-chief of International Review of Psychiatry for which she receives financial compensation from Taylor and Francis Publishing. She also receives royalties for book sales from Taylor and Francis Publishing and the Johns Hopkins University Press. Otherwise, she has no relevant financial conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Johns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA

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