Teaching Hospitals, Reliant on Clinical Faculty, Are Said to Be ‘Cheapening’ Faculty Titles

November 4, 2012

As pressure to generate clinical revenue mounts, academic medical centers are handing out faculty appointments to physicians who spend little time teaching or doing research, a development that both cheapens the value of an academic title and shortchanges medical students. That assertion prompted a lively discussion here at the annual meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges over the weekend. The meeting, which continues this week, has drawn more than 4,700 medical educators and health-policy experts from 27 countries, as well as asmattering of students.