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Differences in U.S. Medical School Faculty Job Satisfaction by Gender
Analysis in Brief
  • Sarah A. Bunton, Portland State University
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  • Medical colleges -- Faculty -- Job satisfaction,
  • Medical teaching personnel -- Sexism
Increased demands on academic medical faculty have raised awareness about faculty satisfaction and vitality, in part because of the demonstrated empirical link between job satisfaction and retention. Evidence suggests that faculty are affected by their perceptions of what is valued and rewarded in their work environments, and that supportive environments can foster faculty satisfaction. Given the high costs of faculty turnover, it is imperative to understand the factors that contribute to the retention of faculty. A previous Analysis in Brief (AIB) examined key areas of U.S. medical faculty job satisfaction and the disconnect for some faculty between what they value in the workplace and actual workplace opportunities. In this AIB, the effects of gender are examined to obtain a more nuanced understanding of job satisfaction.

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Bunton, S.A. (2008). Differences in U.S. medical school faculty job satisfaction by gender. Analysis in Brief, 8(5), 1-2. Washington, DC: Association of American Medical Colleges