Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 13, Issue 6, pp 406–409 | Cite as

Work activities of clinician-educators

  • John V. L. Sheffield
  • Joyce E. Wipf
  • Dedra Buchwald
Brief Reports


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

faculty clinician-educator productivity work activities 


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© Society of General Internal Medicine 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • John V. L. Sheffield
    • 1
  • Joyce E. Wipf
    • 1
  • Dedra Buchwald
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of MedicineHarborview Medical CenterSeattle

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