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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

PA Administration, Leadership, and Education

Advisor

Dr. Mark Archambault

Abstract

Abstract

The academic appointment and promotion of medical educators is often not a straightforward process. The promotion guidelines may be unclear, there may be a lack of a uniform review process, and tenure track opportunities may be limited. Academic settings may not acknowledge or define scholarship in a way conducive to the medical educator. The focus and definition of scholarship may vary for medical educators as opposed to a more traditional academic faculty member's pathway. The evaluation of work done by medical educators may also be outside the discipline of most traditional academic promotion and tenure committees. A lack of clear promotion pathways for medical educators affects faculty retention and overall job satisfaction, which could negatively impact learners. Medical educators will benefit from ongoing review and identification of effective methods to overcome barriers, such as examining tenure track options, utilizing educational portfolios, faculty mentorship, defining scholarship criteria, and increasing awareness of academic processes to overcome barriers to assist in better pathways for academic appointment and promotion.

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