New publication from CCHE Associate Director Angela Byars-Winston and Assistant Researcher Fátima Sancheznieto!
Faculty retention in academic medical centers is crucial to ensure that healthcare is delivered efficiently and research is conducted productively. Using turnover theory, Dr. Angela Byars-Winston and Dr. Fátima Sancheznieto ran an explanatory analysis on faculty development data collected at the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) from 2015 through 2017. Qualitative and quantitative analysis of survey data revealed the pivotal role that commitment to the organization (SMPH) and support from the organization play in ensuring faculty seek out promotion and leadership positions, as well as remain at the organization. Furthermore, faculty desired specific organizational support in their career development such as streamlined and transparent leadership processes, guidance, and mentorship on maneuvering these processes, and supports for clinical and administrative tasks. The results of this study open up future avenues of exploration around how local and national schools of medicine and public health can better support faculty across sociocultural groups to increase equity in their representation and in the health practice and research they conduct in academic medical research centers.
Thank you to Angela and Fátima for your commitment and work on this paper that contributes to the knowledge base on scientific workforce development in academic medicine.