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The Modern Surgery Department Chairmen

The Modern Surgery Department Chairmen

At hospitals throughout the country, surgery department chairmen have an important leadership role with regard to faculty and student affairs, budgetary requirements, research, and alumni and community relations. “There is general agreement that academic surgical departments are experiencing tremendous changes,” says Douglas P. Slakey, MD. “There’s a growing uncertainty among surgical department chairmen about the future of funding, expectations, and job priorities.” Complicating matters is that there is no established standard for the position of surgery department chairman. Few studies have evaluated the responsibilities of surgery department chairmen, their methods of support, the determinants of job performance success, and the concerns of people who hold these positions, according to Dr. Slakey. “Given the importance of these positions, it behooves us to learn the details of current job requirements and about job-related stress and satisfaction. This information can be used to help medical schools provide the resources that are necessary to improve how these leaders are selected. It may also help to reduce turnover and increase the likelihood of long-term commitments.” Surveying the Scene In a study published in JAMA Surgery, Dr. Slakey and colleagues had a survey published that sought to better understand the complexities of the modern day surgical chairman’s position. “Our goal was to globally assess the allocation of time for the surgery department chair’s responsibilities,” says Dr. Slakey. The study team received 72 survey responses from current chairmen.   Most respondents to the survey reported that they maintained a clinical practice that consumed about 25% of their workweek. However, surgical department chairs attended an average of 4.3 essential meetings per year. In addition, research was not...
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