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Advancing Holistic Review for Faculty Recruitment and Advancement

Harris, Toi Blakley, MD; Thomson, William A., PhD; Moreno, Nancy P., PhD; Conrad, Sarah, MS; White, S. Elizabeth, MAEd; Young, Geoffrey H., PhD; Malmberg, Erik D., PhD, JD; Weisman, Bonnie, JD; Monroe, Alicia D.H., MD

doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000002364
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Problem The challenges to developing a physician and scientific workforce that both reflects and provides quality care for the complex and richly diverse population of the United States are considerable.

Approach One medical school (Baylor College of Medicine) sought to adapt the Holistic Review in Admissions process developed by the Association of American Medical Colleges and apply it to faculty. In the fall of 2016, academic leaders received on-site training and completed several workshop exercises. The goal was for the leaders to build consensus around a holistic review framework for hiring and advancing faculty that is based on the institution’s mission, vision, and values.

Outcomes This training occurred during Baylor’s ongoing strategic planning and helped inform improvements in the faculty recruitment and hiring process, in the guidelines for faculty appointment and promotion, and in the pilot of an administrative leadership candidate rating tool, the “experiences–attributes–academic metrics model.” The model that developed from the pilot translates the holistic review concept into a tool for identifying, hiring, and promoting faculty members and administrative leaders that is aligned to the values of Baylor. The utility of this framework lies in the clear delineation of metrics and qualifications along with the prioritization of attributes and experiences.

Next Steps This innovation is being piloted and evaluated to determine its effect on advancing the institutional mission of Baylor.

T.B. Harris is associate provost, Institutional Diversity, Inclusion and Equity & Student Services, Office of the Provost, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.

W.A. Thomson is associate provost, Faculty Affairs, Office of the Provost, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.

N.P. Moreno is associate provost, Faculty Development and Institutional Research, Office of the Provost, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.

S. Conrad is director, Advancing Holistic Review, Office of Academic Affairs, Association of American Medical Colleges, Washington, DC.

S.E. White is lead instructional design specialist, Office of Academic Affairs, Association of American Medical Colleges, Washington, DC.

G.H. Young is senior director, Student Affairs and Programs, Office of Academic Affairs, Association of American Medical Colleges, Washington, DC.

E.D. Malmberg is diversity, inclusion and equity manager, Office of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion and Equity, Office of the Provost, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.

B. Weisman is executive director, Office of Human Resources, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.

A.D.H. Monroe is provost and senior vice president, Academic and Faculty Affairs, Office of the Provost, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.

Funding/Support: None reported.

Other disclosures: None reported.

Ethical approval: The Baylor College of Medicine Institutional Review Board determined the evaluation described in this Innovation Report to be nonhuman subjects research (H-42263) on October 9, 2017.

Previous presentations: Chatterje A, Monroe ADH, Clancy CE, Harris TB. Advancing faculty–holistic review of promoting faculty. Oral presentation at: Learn, Serve, Lead: The AAMC Annual Meeting; November 2016; Seattle, Washington.

Harris TB, Moreno NP, Malmberg ED. “Houston we have a problem” with faculty diversity. Oral presentation at: AAMC Inspiring Intersections: A Call to Collaborate, Challenge, and Change; May 2017; Palm Springs, California.

Ross W, Richards B, Monroe ADH, Moreno NP. Holistic faculty review one step at a time: How do we define scholarship? Oral presentation at: Learn, Serve, Lead: The AAMC Annual Meeting; November 2017; Boston, Massachusetts.

Correspondence should be addressed to Toi Blakley Harris, One Baylor Plaza, Suite 415A, MS: BCM119, Houston, TX 77030-3411; telephone: (713) 798-8646; e-mail: toih@bcm.edu; Twitter: @bcmhouston.

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