Pay Faculty To Teach And They Will Teach (Well)

pay Educators in a newly-established medical school describe their successful establishment of a well-received 8-week primary care clerkship utilizing established internal medicine and family medicine physicians in the Ochsner (New Orleans) Health System.  They used a three-pronged approach:  “protected time to teach, dedicated tuition money for reimbursing teaching, and a faculty development program.”  Based on previous data, they estimated that incorporation of a clerkship student into a 4-hour session would require about 40 minutes of time.  Participating faculty had 40 minutes of clinic time blocked out on their precepting days and were credited with 2.5 educational value units (EVUs) which equaled about US $110, so there was no overall change in compensation.  The preceptors’ overall compensation was based on  productivity (clinical plus EVUs), a leadership position component, and a “seniority component to reward longevity”.  The authors also describe a robust faculty development program including monthly discussions with all precepting faculty.  Although this plan describes compensation and development for community-based faculty, medical school administrators might want to apply this paradigm to their full-time faculty as well. — Laura Willett, MD

Denton GD, Griffin R, Cazabon P, Monks SR, Deichmann R. Recruiting Primary Care Physicians to Teach Medical Students in the Ambulatory Setting: A Model of Protected Time, Allocated Money, and Faculty Development. Acad Med. 2015

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