ERIC Number: EJ919737
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
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Turnover of First-Time Chairs in Departments of Psychiatry
Buckley, Peter F.; Rayburn, William F.
Academic Psychiatry, v35 n2 p126-128 Mar-Apr 2011
Objective: The authors examine the tenure of first-time Chairs in academic departments of psychiatry in order to stimulate discussion on extant workforce and leadership issues. Method: Data on tenure of Chairs in psychiatry and other nonsurgical specialties were derived from the longitudinal database of the Association of American Medical Colleges and evaluated for successive 4-year epochs between 1983 and 2002. Results: The 5-year retention rate of Chairs of academic departments of psychiatry is 68%, and the 10-year retention rate drops sharply to 39%, similar to other specialties. Conclusion: Although most first-time Chairs of psychiatry last 5 years in their position, much fewer remain 10 years or longer. Therefore, efforts to promote succession planning for academic leadership in psychiatry are warranted.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Department Heads, Entry Workers, Psychiatry, Medical Schools, Tenure, Time Perspective, Leadership, Labor Turnover, Occupational Mobility
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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