As academic medical centers and academic health centers continue to adapt to the changing landscape of medicine in the United States, the definition of what it means to be faculty must evolve as well. Both institutional economic priorities and the need to recalibrate educational programs to address current and future societal and patient needs have brought new complexity to faculty identity, faculty value, and the educational mission.
The Council of Faculty and Academic Societies, 1 of 3 membership councils of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), established working groups in 2014 to provide a strong voice for academic faculty within the AAMC governance and leadership structures. The Faculty Identity and Value Working Group was charged with identifying the attributes and qualities of future academic medicine faculty in light of the transformational changes occurring at many medical schools and teaching hospitals. The working group developed a framework that could be applied throughout the United States by AAMC member schools to define and value teaching activities. This report adds to the work of others by offering a contemporary construct that is flexible and easily adaptable to enable fair and transparent implementation of an education value system; it is especially relevant for systems in which mergers and acquisitions lead to a large number of clinicians. An example of such an implementation at a large and growing academic medical center is provided.
The ability to identify and quantify educational effort by faculty could be transformative by highlighting the fundamental importance of faculty to the development of the future medical workforce.