publication date: Dec. 12, 2014

Is Everyone in Academic Medicine Unhappy? Or is it Just MD Anderson?


Faculty members at MD Anderson Cancer Center are arguably the most intensely watched cohort in academic medicine. Their angst has been measured four times by three administrative entities over two years.

Now, the institution’s president, Ronald DePinho, is under a mandate from his bosses to improve faculty morale (The Cancer Letter, Nov. 7).

Are these folks an anomaly, or is everyone in academic medicine unhappy these days?

There is a place to obtain comparison data: the Faculty Forward Engagement Survey conducted by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

That survey was last administered in 2011 to 15,570 faculty from 14 academic medical centers. MD Anderson wasn’t a part of that survey, and the questionnaire isn’t identical with those used at the Houston-based cancer center.

In the AAMC survey, 65 percent of faculty members said they were either satisfied or very satisfied with their institutions.

This is similar to the results seen in the MD Anderson administration’s 2014 BIG Survey, which gauged overall faculty satisfaction at 64 percent (The Cancer Letter, May 23).

Source: MD Anderson 2013 faculty surveyIf MD Anderson’s data is roughly the same as those in the AAMC survey, what’s the problem?

MD Anderson faculty satisfaction has incontrovertibly slipped from a higher level. In 2012, the same survey measured satisfaction that was 12 … Continue reading 40-46 Is Everyone in Academic Medicine Unhappy? Or is it Just MD Anderson?

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