How do we recognize the excellent academic work of family medicine teachers outside of publications and grant capture? Most medical schools struggle to systematically collect data to understand and recognize the tremendous contributions of our dedicated clinician teachers. The Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) at the University of Toronto convened a Task Force (2015) to make recommendations for the development of a robust and cohesive system to document all relevant scholarly activities. After careful review of the literature, and wide stakeholder input, the Task Force recommended the development of a survey that would be easy to complete and include an expanded scope of activity aligned with promotion guidelines. Thus, the Academic Activity Survey (AAS) was designed to capture all facets of academic contribution including: Teaching and Education Activities; Presentations, Publications, Grants, and Awards; Creative Professional Activity (CPA); Administrative Service; Mentorship; and Comments. In this session, we will describe the design, development and implementation of the AAS. We will discuss lessons learned and outline next steps including automated collection systems and wider integration of data.
Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to:
- describe the local and systemic factors that have an impact on documenting scholarly activity in family medicine.
- identify potential enablers and barriers to implementing a system to document scholarly activity in their own setting.
- develop a template, using the DFCM Academic Activity Survey as a guide, to implement a system of documentation at their local teaching sites.
Presenters: Risa Freeman, Ruth Heisey, Paul Krueger, Mahan Kulasegaram, Stuart Murdoch, Morag Paton, David Tannenbaum, David White