Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
Driven by the correctly perceived importance of the departmental chair
in medical schools and the lack of attention to the selection, roles, and
needs of department chairs, the Association of American Medical Colleges has
compiled a manual of good practices. The manual is based not just on medical
school surveys but also on reviews of procedures in other institutions of
higher education, industry, and business and on interviews with various leaders.
The idea is not to "lay out a bureaucratic formula" but rather to lay out
a "conceptual inventory" or a "propositional index," which the authors do
by providing examples of "good practices worthy of emulation in higher education
and in the corporate world as well as by synthesizing current medical school
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