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Analysis in Brief

Each online issue of Analysis in Brief (AIB) tackles an academic medicine research topic, and presents a two-page, easy-to-read snapshot of the AAMC’s data collection and research activities. Topics are selected through a peer-review process and support the association’s strategic research agenda.  The reports not only present data, but also provide context on the issues, interpretation of results and trends, and discussion of the policy and practical implications of the results—all of which may help to facilitate institutional and policy improvements at medical schools and teaching hospitals.

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Why Faculty Choose to Work in Academic Medicine

Medical school faculty are crucial to advancing academic medicine’s missions of providing high-quality, patient-centered health care; training the next generation of physicians; and conducting research to inform advancement and innovation in health care delivery. This Analysis in Brief takes an in-depth look at why faculty choose careers in academic medicine by examining faculty responses to that very question from the AAMC’s StandPoint Faculty Engagement Survey. Open-ended survey responses yielded four overarching work values that faculty respondents held, including variety in responsibilities, intellectual stimulation, service to others, and fulfilling relationships.  More specific themes regarding faculty roles and duties also emerged from responses. Keeping abreast of the reasons individuals choose this career path and what keeps them in the field, despite the changing health care milieu, has implications for students and residents as they weigh career options, for institutional leaders as they plan for the future, and for articulating to those outside academic medicine the essential role faculty play in improving the health of the nation.

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