Survey Indicates Need For Supporting Clinician Educators

Since clinician educators remain the most recruited group of cardiologists and the nature of academic promotion continues to evolve, fostering and supporting these physicians may be critical to the future of academic cardiology, according to a paper published Feb. 4 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Keri M. Shafer, MD, FACC, et al., analyzed results from a survey developed by ACC's Early Career Professionals Academic Work Group that looked at the challenges facing cardiologists focusing on education. Results showed that the challenges of clinical educators include "limited access to formal faculty development training on educational techniques, balancing educational efforts with clinical demands, and attaining measures of educational productivity." The authors conclude that the results of the survey "demonstrate a myriad of challenges and opportunities for improvement in the promotion of clinician educators: establishment of standardized criteria, improved mentorship and support, and recognition of educational productivity." Read more on