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February 18, 2009

Clinicians in Quality Improvement: A New Career Pathway in Academic Medicine

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Medicine, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, and the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

JAMA. 2009;301(7):766-768. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.140

Academic medical centers (AMCs) strive for excellence in patient care, education, and research. Until relatively recently, academic physicians were expected to excel in all 3 areas, even though criteria for promotion typically emphasized accomplishments in research, paying little attention to faculty members' educational contributions. Tracks for clinician educators have done much to rectify this situation,1,2 with explicit guidelines for promotion on the basis of educational scholarship.3

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