Loyola study determines how teaching hospitals can improve retention, morale

News Archive December 01, 2014

Loyola study determines how teaching hospitals can improve retention, morale

Researchers find balance is key to job satisfaction
MAYWOOD, Ill. – Giving doctors the right mix of responsibilities will improve job satisfaction and retention, according to researchers from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. These findings were published in the latest issue of Academic Medicine, a journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Researchers set out to determine if doctors leave academic medicine, because they spend too much time seeing patients. They reviewed data from more than 8,000 doctors nationwide taken during the 2011-12 Faculty Forward Engagement Survey. Researchers found that doctors became dissatisfied with their career when they felt their work was out of balance.

They looked at how much time clinicians spent in teaching, research, patient care and administration as well as how they felt about how much time they spent in each area. If doctors thought they were spending too much time working in any particular area, they were more likely to leave.

“By recognizing that physicians have different interests and priorities, academic hospitals can work with individual faculty members to find the right mix of clinical, teaching and administrative responsibilities,” said Linda Brubaker, MD, MS, co-investigator and interim provost for Loyola’s Health Sciences Division, and dean and chief diversity officer for Stritch. “Communicating with faculty on how they spend their time and how they would like to spend their time may help to reduce the number of people who leave academic medicine.”

Brubaker conducted this study in collaboration with researchers from University of Virginia School of Medicine; Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University; American Academy of Physician Assistants; University of Minnesota Medical School and School of Public Health; and University of Missouri – Columbia School of Medicine.

The Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division (HSD) advances interprofessional, multidisciplinary, and transformative education and research while promoting service to others through stewardship of scientific knowledge and preparation of tomorrow's leaders. The HSD is located on the Health Sciences Campus in Maywood, Illinois. It includes the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, the Stritch School of Medicine, the biomedical research programs of the Graduate School, and several other institutes and centers encouraging new research and interprofessional education opportunities across all of Loyola University Chicago. The faculty and staff of the HSD bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and a strong commitment to seeing that Loyola's health sciences continue to excel and exceed the standard for academic and research excellence. For more on the HSD, visit LUC.edu/hsd.
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