Measures of educational effort: what is essential to clinical faculty?

Merete Ipsen, Berit Eika, Anne Mette Mørcke, Ole Thorlacius-Ussing, Peder Charles

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PURPOSE: To enhance the recognition of educational effort and thereby support faculty vitality, the authors aimed to identify essential categories of educational effort from the perspective of clinical faculty and determine whether the emerging categories were in concordance with an organizational perspective.

METHOD: The authors performed nominal group processes in four groups in 2008, with the participation of 24 clinical faculty members, 6 in each group, representing 18 (medical, surgical, paraclinical, and psychiatric) specialties at 14 hospitals in Denmark. Subsequently, the authors performed a comparative analysis of the emerging essential categories and the organizational work by the national panel on medical education, appointed by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

RESULTS: The four groups of clinical faculty members agreed on categories of educational effort. This quantitative consistency in prioritization was supported by qualitative consistency, as the authors observed similar uses of words and phrases among all four groups. The top priority in essential categories of educational effort was "Visibility of planned educational activities on the work schedule," which received 39% of all votes. The comparative analysis showed that the essential categories of educational effort suggested by clinical faculty were in concordance with the steps developed by the AAMC.

CONCLUSIONS: The high degree of consistency among clinical faculty from different locations and specialties and the high concordance with the organizational work of the AAMC suggest that it is possible to develop standardized measurements of educational effort. Clinical faculty emphasized that a good starting point for educational measurements is the work schedule.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAcademic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
Issue number9
Pages (from-to)1499-505
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Denmark
  • Education, Medical
  • Efficiency
  • Faculty, Medical
  • Group Processes
  • Humans
  • Motivation
  • Relative Value Scales
  • Teaching
  • Workload
  • Journal Article


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