Nonclinical Time for Family Medicine Residency Faculty: National Survey Results.
INTRODUCTION: Recent changes to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requirements eliminated minimum standards for protected nonclinical time for core faculty. Faculty perform many nonclinical tasks to maintain family medicine residencies. The objective of this study is to describe the landscape of nonclinical time for family medicine residency faculty.
METHODS: Program directors at ACGME-accredited family medicine residencies were electronically surveyed in August 2019 to describe nonclinical time of their faculty. Survey information requested included program demographics, the amount of nonclinical time allocated, and the estimated amount of nonclinical time spent per year completing their faculty duties.
RESULTS: A total 156 of 635 program directors (24.6%) returned the survey and 58 (9.1%) completed the entire survey for analysis inclusion. An average of 3,394 hours per year, per program were estimated to be spent on nonclinical activities. The greatest amount of time was spent on program administration (39%) and the least amount of time on curriculum development (5%). There was variation in the use of nonphysician faculty to complete these tasks. Allocated faculty time was comparable to estimated time spent performing nonclinical tasks. On average, a 24-resident program devoted 1.9 full-time equivalent faculty salary support to complete nonclinical activities.
CONCLUSIONS: Family medicine residency faculty spend significant time completing nonclinical tasks required to meet ACGME requirements and need the protected time to complete these necessary tasks. Direct data on the use of faculty nonclinical time is needed to more accurately define its use.
Jarrett JB, Griesbach S, Theobald M, Tiemstra JD, Lick D. Nonclinical Time for Family Medicine Residency Faculty: National Survey Results. PRiMER. 2021 Dec 1;5:45. doi: 10.22454/PRiMER.2021.338005. PMID: 35178507; PMCID: PMC8842810.