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Academic Longevity and Attrition of Full-Time Orthopaedic Faculty Members*
Roy A. Meals, M.D.; Hugh L. Bassewitz, M.D.; Frederick J. Dorey, Ph.D.
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*No benefits in any form have been received or will be received from a commercial party related directly or indirectly to the subject of this article. No funds were received in support of this study.
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J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2000 Jul 01;82(7):1042-1042
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Orthopaedic faculty members catalyze the renewal of the specialty. They may provide the strongest role model for a medical student's or resident's career2,8. Undoubtedly, all residents weigh the relative merits of accepting that role model for themselves, and some do become faculty members, at least for a portion of their careers. Many of the pros and cons of such a career choice differ by institution. The decision points are also subjective and intangible, and they vary over time. No objective data exist, either for those considering such a choice or for program directors offering such a position, regarding the anticipated longevity of an academic position. What is the likelihood of a faculty member spending an entire career at one institution as opposed to moving to another academic position or to private practice? Has the longevity changed over time? Does it differ by subspecialty? Are there gender differences?
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