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Association of American Medical Colleges Tomorrow's Doctors, Tomorrow's Cures®

“We at the AAMC believe faculty are your institutions’ single most valuable resource. We know that it is important to keep faculty engaged and build strong workplace cultures to drive performance in our core missions.”

AAMC Chief Academic Affairs Officer
John Prescott, M.D.

"Understanding the strategic role played by faculty satisfaction is vital to the success of our institutions."

AAMC President and CEO
Darrell G. Kirch, M.D.

Faculty Forward Engagement Survey & Services

The survey provides the opportunity to assess specific areas of faculty engagement, as well as the effectiveness of your institution’s talent management policies and practices. The 2009 administration of the Faculty Forward survey created the largest-ever collection of workplace engagement and satisfaction benchmarking data for academic medicine institutions in the U.S.

Rigorous Measurement

Our survey, developed and reviewed by experts in survey design, academic medicine, talent management, and organizational development, grew from a series of in-depth focus groups with medical school clinical and basic science faculty members. This independent, research-based survey, is used to diagnose areas of faculty engagement and the effectiveness of faculty-related institutional policies and practices in the following domains:

  • Global Satisfaction and Engagement
  • Nature of Work
  • Focus on Medical School Mission
  • Department Governance
  • Medical School Governance
  • Relationship with Supervisor
  • Opportunities for Career and Professional Growth
  • Collegiality and Collaboration
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Faculty Recruitment and Retention
  • Clinical Practice Environment

Technical Service Model

The Faculty Forward Engagement Survey is offered on an institution-by-institution basis to best fit your needs. The survey provides participating institutions with relevant, actionable information that can be used as a powerful lever to create the kind of faculty workplaces that facilitate excellent institutional performance and quality of care. The AAMC offers a full-service survey administration and technical support team to deliver the Faculty Forward Engagement survey at your institution. Service offerings include:

Faculty Forward Service MenuMembersNon-Members
Validated Survey Items (survey on your own)No cost*$5,000
Administration Toolkit (survey on your own)No cost*$5,000
Survey Administration
AAMC administers the survey for you with individualized invitations, reminders, handles all technical faculty database requirements, and provides you with the Communications Toolkit
Standard Report
- Executive Summary report
- Peer Benchmarking report Comprehensive institution-wide data of 13 demographic variables, 33 aggregate departments, qualitative data, sortable summary report
Custom Report
- Custom questions (up to 15)
- Results by campus breakouts
- Custom department breakouts
- Custom demographic breakouts
$3,000 per$6,000 per
Custom Communication
Institution-specific survey marketing flyers, posters, additional collateral
Interpretation and Action Planning
Focused interpretation of results, post-survey communication resources, and action planning steps
Additional Data RequestsAt AAMC data request cost

*Contract required for use of "No cost" option. Please contact Faculty Forward for details.

Faculty Forward Learning Community

Tools and resources for institutions currently administering the Faculty Forward Engagement Survey.
Current members, please sign in to see these materials.

Scholarship & Publications

To learn more about engagement, read The Case for Strategic Talent Management in Academic Medicine

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