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U.S. Medical School Faculty

The annual report "U.S. Medical School Faculty" is a set of 19 tables that answer common questions about the national distribution of full-time faculty. The information is displayed by department, rank, degree, sex, and race/ethnicity.

From 1986-1997, printed copies of "U.S. Medical School Faculty" were distributed to medical school deans, Faculty Roster representatives, and other selected constituents. The report is now published online only and is produced using a database snapshot from December 31. Prior to December 31, 1997, the publication was based on a June 30 database snapshot.

The data in this report are static. For the most recent data, please contact your medical school's Faculty Roster Representative for access to FAMOUS, where these data are refreshed daily. For a complete list of Faculty Roster Representatives by medical school, refer to the Member Directory for Roster Representatives.

Note that the AAMC Faculty Roster does not necessarily reflect official faculty counts. As a result, the figures in these tables should be viewed and used with care. While the proportion of faculty across key variables may be reasonably accurate, the number of faculty may not be. For official LCME faculty counts, please visit the Medical School Profile System. Although the Medical School Profile System reflects official faculty counts that institutions provide as part of their accreditation process, the Medical School Profile System does not always provide the kind of detail that the Faculty Roster provides. Moreover, the LCME collects aggregate data from medical schools once a year, while the Faculty Roster collects individual faculty data from medical schools on a rolling basis—these two different methodologies can lead to discrepancies.

For additional information, including reports from prior years, or if you have any comments about ways to improve our publicly available reports, please contact Hershel Alexander,

U.S. Medical School Faculty Trends

"U.S. Medical School Faculty Trends" summarizes changes in the distribution of full-time faculty members across various dimensions over the last decade.*

"OHD" denotes "Other Health Doctorate" which includes doctorates in dentistry, veterinary medicine, public health, optometry, and other health-related fields. Race/ethnicity trends reflect Faculty Roster data collection and reporting practices at the time. The Faculty Roster began collecting and reporting multiple race information in 2002.

FAMOUS Reports

The FAMOUS application allows users to access aggregate data on faculty and chairs in a variety of ways over time, such as by department, degree, rank, tenure status, sex, age, and race/ethnicity. There are institution-specific reports as well as national reports. Among the reports are alumni reports, retention reports, promotion reports, demographic reports, and educational reports. If you are interested in access to aggregate FAMOUS reports, please contact your medical school's Faculty Roster Representative. These individuals will work with you to determine how best to meet your information needs, whether by granting you independent access to FAMOUS or pulling the information for you from FAMOUS. For a complete list of Faculty Roster Representatives by medical school, please refer to the Member Directory for Roster Representatives.

Special Reports

Faculty Roster staff can conduct special reports for noncommercial purposes for individuals whose needs are not met from existing reports. Special reports may vary from simple analyses requiring minimal programming to complicated analyses requiring significant time and effort. The charge for a special report depends on the length of time to complete the analysis, with three hours as the typical length of time.

If you will be using Faculty Roster data provided in a special report for research purposes, then we may request a copy of your institution’s IRB approval along with a copy of the protocol that you submitted for approval.  In any protocol that you submit to your IRB, you must reference the AAMC Faculty Roster and specify how you intend to use the Faculty Roster data you are requesting.  You should also note that no one at your organization will have access to personally identifiable information—you will only receive aggregate data that AAMC Faculty Roster staff generate from extant research data tables created under our protocol.  No new data collection will be required to generate your report.

As part of using Faculty Roster data, we will request that you share a draft of each paper at least 30 days prior to submission of that paper to any journal, publication, conference, Web posting, or other forum outside the immediate research team. The purpose of this draft will be to allow the AAMC to provide input about issues related to the interpretation of the data. Nothing in the feedback will restrict your right to publish a paper as you see fit.

For additional information, contact Rae Sloane at