Arthritis & Rheumatism, Volume 63,
November 2011 Abstract Supplement

Abstracts of the American College of
Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals
Annual Scientific Meeting
Chicago, Illinois November 4-9, 2011.


Hospital for Special Surgery Rheumatology Academy of Medical Educators: Planning Retreat Demonstrates a High Degree of Faculty Interest in Teaching, a Teaching Career and Formalized Education to Increase Competency.

Berman1,  Jessica, Aizer1,  Juliet, Bass1,  Anne R., Cats-Baril2,  William L., Crow3,  Mary K., Parrish1,  Edward J., Robbins3,  Laura

Hospital for Special Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY
University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY

Background/Purpose:

Academic rheumatologists are expected to teach although very little formal educational instruction is given to faculty and financial support and career advancement for time spent is often inadequate. The concept of the Academy, where intellectual and financial resources are made available to academic educators and their research, is not new, having been successfully implemented at UCSF and several other institutions. At the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) an Education Retreat was recently convened to discuss the feasibility of, faculty interest in and institutional support for the formation of a Rheumatology Academy.

Methods:

Faculty in the division of Rheumatology were surveyed pre- and post-retreat regarding their opinions about education in the division, interest in teaching, time and resources. The retreat was held for one day over 8 hours and was divided into 1) formalized didactics given by invited educators; 2) breakout groups assigned various topics for formalizing recommendations and prioritizing institutional goals; and 3) discussion regarding the feasibility of and financial resources necessary to establish an academy at HSS. Of the 41 individuals surveyed, 34 (83%) completed the survey pre- and 19 (46%) post-retreat. Responses ranged from 1=strongly disagree to 5=strongly agree and were anonymous.

Results:

Prior to the retreat, the majority of faculty answered that they agreed strongly or very strongly to the following questions: "I have the interest to be a great teacher" (91%; 4.47) and "I have the commitment to be a great teacher" (94%; 4.47). Most were "satisfied with my performance as a teacher" (71%; 3.74). However there was less confidence that "I am an excellent teacher" (54%; 3.70), and fewer felt that they had an "understanding of the latest pedagogical techniques" (36%; 3.33), "the time to be a great teacher" (pre-retreat 39%; 3.15 and post-retreat 24%; 2.59) and "the resources and tools to teach well" (pre-retreat 32%; 3.00 and post 16%; 2.58). Few agreed that "I have the incentives to be a great teacher" (33%; 2.97), however a majority agreed that "if it did not negatively impact my income, I would like to teach more" (67%; 3.88). A larger number than expected agreed or strongly agreed that "I would like to be part of an Education Academy and move along a Clinician-Educator track" pre-retreat (42%; 3.29). Post-retreat interest in participation in the educational activities of an Academy rose further (68%; 3.79).

Conclusion:

The HSS Rheumatology Academy aims to create a stimulating academic educational environment that enhances the quality of teaching and promotes teaching careers and education research. While the pre-retreat survey indicated a high degree of faculty interest in teaching and advancement on the Clinician-Scholar-Educator track, lack of formal education and support were reasons given for less participation. However, surveys highlight that enthusiasm is high regarding the ability of the Academy to provide faculty with resources. This emphasizes the clear advantages of such a formalized structure to achieve the rheumatology division's heightened educational goals and raise the importance and quality of teaching to equivalence with clinical care and research.

To cite this abstract, please use the following information:
Berman, Jessica, Aizer, Juliet, Bass, Anne R., Cats-Baril, William L., Crow, Mary K., Parrish, Edward J., et al; Hospital for Special Surgery Rheumatology Academy of Medical Educators: Planning Retreat Demonstrates a High Degree of Faculty Interest in Teaching, a Teaching Career and Formalized Education to Increase Competency. [abstract]. Arthritis Rheum 2011;63 Suppl 10 :93
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