Secondary Logo

Journal Logo

Possible Shortage of Anatomy Professors

Emergency Medicine News: June 2005 - Volume 27 - Issue 6 - p 7
In Brief

Medical schools across the country are facing a shortage of qualified faculty to teach gross anatomy, according to an article in the April issue of Academic Medicine. The crisis can be reversed, though, note the authors, Robert McCuskey, PhD, the president of the American Association of Anatomists; Stephen Carmichael, PhD, a past-president of the Association of Anatomy, Cell Biology, and Neurobiology Chairpersons; and Darrell Kirch, MD, the dean of Pennsylvania State College of Medicine and CEO of Hershey Medical Center.

The survey, conducted in 2002 by two national associations of anatomy education, found that about 80 percent of medical school department chairs responsible for teaching anatomy acknowledged having difficulty recruiting faculty to teach gross anatomy. The authors wrote that they believe there are enough qualified faculty in the pipeline to reverse this shortage as long as the academic community provides incentives to encourage new faculty members to teach gross anatomy when they make the transition from postdoctoral fellows to junior faculty members.

Copyright © 2005 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.