Faculty Health in Academic Medicine: Physicians, Scientists, and the Pressures of Success / Edition 1

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This ground-breaking new volume is the first of its kind to conceptualize and study the emerging field of faculty health and well-being in academic health science centers across North America. In Faculty Health and Academic Medicine: Physicians, Scientists, and the Pressures of Success, scholars already published in areas related to faculty health, as well as those primed to break new ground, have created a volume that will help define this new and evolving field. Recent years have brought the realization that clinicians and researchers in academic medicine, performing daily under high levels of stress, do so at great cost to their health. Socialized to diagnose and treat disease through biomedical science and technology, physicians often wall themselves off from emotional connection with their patients. Health does not thrive under these layers of pressures, and family and personal relationships are stretched under the need to constantly perform. Faculty Health and Academic Medicine: Physicians, Scientists, and the Pressures of Success draws from medicine, the social sciences, the humanities, and the arts. In addition to surveys, meta-analyses, and interviews, chapter data also calls upon history, literature, religious studies, and film to create a title that serves as a point of departure for understanding academic medicine and for designing new and innovative interventions to enhance faculty health.

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"Faculty Health in Academic Medicine: Physicians, Scientists, and the Pressures of Success begins by documenting startling levels of burnout in academic medical centers. … psychologists figure prominently in this volume should make it interesting for other psychologists in academic medical centers. … it also suggests the prominent role that psychology can play in helping to improve the quality of care, and the quality of life, for both patients and faculty in America’s academic medical centers." (Scott Temple, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 54 (33), August, 2009)

“Provides useful and instructive clarification of the often bewildering array of variables and factors that impinges on the wellness of faculty. … Readers will find a variety of stimulating ideas about interventions that can be combined and integrated into more comprehensive well programs. …Faculty Health in Academic Medicine provides a useful foundation for a new field of study into faculty wellness.” (Larry D. Gruppen, Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 302 (12), September, 2009)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603274500
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/24/2008
  • Edition description: 2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword. James Willerson, MD, President, University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center

Preface. Ken Shine, M.D., Executive Vice-Chancellor for Health Affairs and Interim Chancellor for the University of Texas System


  1. The Context of Concern for Faculty Health. Thelma Jean Goodrich, PhD, Thomas R. Cole, PhD and Ellen R. Gritz, PhD
  2. Examination of Faculty Health

  3. Epidemiology. Daria Boccher-Lattimore, DrPH
  4. Causes and Treatment of Impairment and Burnout in Physicians: The Epidemic Within. Eugene Boisaubin, MD
  5. Measuring and Maintaining Faculty Health: Lessons from the University of Ottawa. Mamta Gautam,
  6. Personal and Social Dimensions

  7. The Architecture of Alignment: Leadership and the Psychological Health of Faculty. Susan McDaniel, PhD, Stephen P. Bogdewic, PhD, Richard Holloway, PhD and Jeri Hepworth, PhD
  8. The Career Management Life Cycle: A Model for Supporting and Sustaining Faculty Vitality and Wellness. Thomas Viggiano, MD and Henry W. Strobel, PhD
  9. Faculty Resilience and Career Development: Strategies for Strengthening Academic Medicine. Janet Bickel, MA
  10. Diverse Academic Faculty: A Precious Resource for Innovative Institutions. Elise Cook, MD and Harry Gibbs, MD
  11. Perspectives from the Humanities and Interpretive Social Science

  12. Organizational Culture and its Consequences. Kevin Grigsby, DSW
  13. The Ethics of Self-Care. Craig Irvine, PhD
  14. Faculty Health and the Crisis of Meaning: Humanistic Diagnosis and Treatment. Thomas R. Cole, PhD and Nathan Carlin, MDiv
  15. Retaining and Reclaiming the Call of Medicine. Henry W. Strobel, PhD
  16. Supports and Interventions

  17. A Model for Designing and Developing a Faculty Health Program: The M. D. Anderson Experience. Ellen R. Gritz, PhD, Janis Apted, MLS, Walter Baile, MD, Kathleen Sazama, MD, JD and Georgia Thomas, MD
  18. Fostering Faculty Well-Being through Personal, Community, and Cultural Formation at an Academic Medical Center: Indiana University School of Medicine as a Case Study. Debra K. Litzelman, MA, MD, Penelope R. Williamson, ScD, Anthony L. Suchman, MA, MD, Stephen P. Bogdewic, PhD, Ann H. Cottingham, MAR, Richard M. Frankel, PhD, David M. Mossbarger, MBA, and Thomas S. Inui, SCM, MD
  19. Conflict Resolution in an Academic Medical Center: The Ombuds Office. Anu Rao, PhD, Walter Baile, MD and Patricia Parker, PhD
  20. Preserving Principal: Programming for Faculty Health and Well-Being. Thelma Jean Goodrich, PhD
  21. Conclusion

  22. Faculty Health: A New Field of Inquiry and Programming. Thelma Jean Goodrich, PhD, Thomas R. Cole, PhD and Ellen R. Gritz, PhD

Afterword. John Mendelsohn, M.D., President, University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Appendix. Foundations of Faculty Health: A Consensus Statement of Editors and Authors.

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