ERIC Number: EJ1036055
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
A Qualitative Study of Work-Life Choices in Academic Internal Medicine
Isaac, Carol; Byars-Winston, Angela; McSorley, Rebecca; Schultz, Alexandra; Kaatz, Anna; Carnes, Mary L.
Advances in Health Sciences Education, v19 n1 p29-41 Mar 2014
The high attrition rate of female physicians pursuing an academic medicine research career has not been examined in the context of career development theory. We explored how internal medicine residents and faculty experience their work within the context of their broader life domain in order to identify strategies for facilitating career advancement. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with a purposeful sample of 18 residents and 34 faculty members representing male and female physicians at different career stages. Using thematic analysis, three themes emerged: (1) the love of being a physician ("Raison d'être"), (2) family obligations ("2nd Shift"), and (3) balancing work demands with non-work life ("Negotiating Academic Medicine"). Female researchers and educators reported more strategies for multiple role planning and management than female practitioners. Interventions aimed at enhancing academic internists' planning and self-efficacy for multiple role management should be investigated as a potential means for increasing participation and facilitate advancement.
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Internal Medicine, Career Development, Medical Research, Physicians, Semi Structured Interviews, Work Attitudes, Family Work Relationship, Family Needs, Self Management, Self Efficacy, Change Strategies, Role Perception, Role Conflict, College Faculty
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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