What’s New and In the Queue for Academic Medicine

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What’s New: A Preview of the August Issue

The August issue of Academic Medicine is now available! Read the entire issue online at academicmedicine.org or on your iPad using the Academic Medicine for iPad app. Highlights from the issue include:

Continuing Professional Development for Faculty: An Elephant in the House of Academic Medicine or the Key to Future Success?
Rayburn and colleagues find that missing from most AMC reform efforts is the preparation of faculty for new models of health care and educational practice. To address this issue, the authors call for the effective, system-aligned presence of continuing professional development programs.

Seven Dirty Words: Hot-Button Language That Undermines Interprofessional Education and Practice
In this Perspective, Cahn reflects on some of the most charged (or hot-button) words commonly heard in health care and educational settings and suggests possible alternatives that have similar denotations but that also have more collaborative connotations.

The MD–MEd Joint-Degree Program at Vanderbilt University: Training Future Expert Medical Educators
DeVolder and colleagues describe how this five-year program equips students with robust general education knowledge and skills while providing opportunities, through independent studies and capstone projects, to contextualize these ideas in medical education. A blog post related to this article is available.

The Academic RVU: Ten Years Developing a Metric for and Financially Incenting Academic Productivity at Oregon Health & Science University
Ma and colleagues measured and compared the scholarly and educational productivity of emergency medicine academic faculty. The median bonus remained constant, whereas the upper bonus quartile showed more variability and increase.

Simulation Fellowship Programs in Graduate Medical Education
Ahmed and colleagues provide a one-page primer about existing simulation fellowship programs throughout the world, focusing on location, core content, and program characteristics.

What’s In the Queue: A Sneak Peek

Here’s a preview of an upcoming perspective by Eckleberry-Hunt and colleagues.

The Problems With Burnout Research
Jodie Eckleberry-Hunt, PhD, ABPP, Heather Kirkpatrick, PhD, ABPP, MSCP, and Thomas Barbera, PhD


Burnout among physicians and physicians-in-training is well established as a potential threat to the health and well-being of health care providers and patients. However, there are myriad problems with current burnout research and its ongoing measurement that threaten the validity of the conclusions. For example, researchers have used differing ways of defining and measuring burnout. Those who have used the Maslach Burnout Inventory vary in recommended use of the instrument and cutoff scores. As a result, the authors suggest that the term “burnout” may be misused and recommend some reconsideration of the meaning of burnout. The measurement and discussion of burnout have strong implications for interventions and policy alike. In this article, the authors review the problems with burnout research and ask important questions about the future directions of research efforts. The authors recommend a consistent measurement approach and perhaps moving toward a focus on physician wellness from a positive psychology perspective.

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