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New Resources Available for Medical Schools and Colleges Navigating Career Flexibility Issues

October 05, 2015

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​The Policy Trends at Medical Schools and Colleges toolkit, an examination of structural and cultural changes institutions can utilize to better balance professional and personal lives for faculty in academic medicine, is now available on the ACE website.

Completed as a collaborative effort between ACE and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the toolkit explores 130 medical schools’ and colleges’ most commonly used and encouraging policies and practices for academic medicine faculty.

Participating institutions were surveyed on internal policies such as parental leave, personal disability leave not related to childbirth and phased retirement and how these policies and procedures particularly affect colleges of medicine.

The toolkit identifies strategies that medical schools and college administrators can employ on their own campuses to create structural and cultural changes that enhance the campus climate for faculty career flexibility.

Among the toolkit’s highlights are the following policies and practices: 

  • Search committee trainings to address unconscious bias
  • Providing greater support for dependent caregiving demands
  • Increasing engagement of part-time and senior faculty
  • Counseling on leveraging flexibility practices
  • “Trackless” promotion system
  • Policies that address issues for at-risk faculty groups (by gender, age, sexual orientation & identity, and social class)

The toolkit features the details and results of the institutional survey and resources for administrators. Visit the toolkit on ACE’s website.

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