Air Force Academic Medicine: A Climate Survey
Source: Military Medicine, Volume 176, Number 12, December 2011 , pp. 1388-1394(7)
Air Force (AF) Medical Service leadership considers education, training, and research as key priorities. However, AF academic physicians' perceptions about the academic environment and challenges to success are not well described. AF faculty physicians were surveyed in autumn 2009. One hundred seventy-two responded and rated the academic environment as needing improvement (median Likert-like score 2 [interquartile range 1] on 1‐5 scale). The impact of stepping away from an academically oriented career path for other executive positions was rated negatively (median Likert-like score 2, interquartile range 1). Concerns included loss of clinical skills, career disruption, and the challenge of returning to and/or competing for positions within the academic pathway. New policies limiting deployment of Program Directors and/or key teaching faculty were viewed favorably. Most physicians (59%) completing this survey expressed concerns about the AF academic environment and identified numerous challenges. Information from this survey can guide future initiatives to enhance leadership's goals.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Graduate Medical Education 6B04, 59th Medical Wing, Wilford Hall Medical Center, 2200 Bergquist Drive, Suite 1, Lackland Air Force Base, TX 78236. 2: Infectious Disease Service (MCHE-MDI), 59th Medical Wing, Brooke Army Medical Center, 3851 Roger Brooke Drive, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234.
Publication date: December 2011
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