Managing the Role of the Academic Physician
The nature of the academic medical setting places substantial pressure on the academic physician. As reviewed in the previous chapter, the pressure derives from the complexity of the academic physician’s role, as well as from multiple and shifting expectations about which task is most important. Further, the need to remain “current” in teaching, research, patient care, and administration over a long medical career creates an additional burden. These conditions create a high potential for stress, frustration, and dissatisfaction among new academic physicians. This stress can be modified by a clearer understanding of the sources of pressure in the academic physician’s role and by some elementary skills of coping with and managing the pressure. In the sections that follow, specific sources of stress will be outlined, approaches to diagnosing stress in a particular role will be introduced, and some ways to manage stress-producing factors will be discussed. One particularly useful skill for the academic physician is time management. Thus the application of time management techniques to the academic physician’s role receives particular emphasis.
KeywordsFaculty Member Time Management Academic Medical Center Role Conflict Role Ambiguity
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