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Monday, December 1, 2014

Loyola study determines how teaching hospitals can improve retention, morale

Researchers find balance is key to job satisfaction

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Giving doctors the right mix of responsibilities will improve job satisfaction and retention, according to researchers from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. These findings were published in the latest issue of Academic Medicine, a journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Researchers set out to determine if doctors leave academic medicine, because they spend too much time seeing patients. They reviewed data from more than 8,000 doctors nationwide taken during the 2011-12 Faculty Forward Engagement Survey. Researchers found that doctors became dissatisfied with their career when they felt their work was out of balance.

They looked at how much time clinicians spent in teaching, research, patient care and administration as well as how they felt about how much time they spent in each area. If doctors thought they were spending too much time working in any particular area, they were more likely to leave.

“By recognizing that physicians have different interests and priorities, academic hospitals can work with individual faculty members to find the right mix of clinical, teaching and administrative responsibilities,” said Linda Brubaker, MD, MS, co-investigator and interim provost for Loyola’s Health Sciences Division, and dean and chief diversity officer for Stritch. “Communicating with faculty on how they spend their time and how they would like to spend their time may help to reduce the number of people who leave academic medicine.”

Brubaker conducted this study in collaboration with researchers from University of Virginia School of Medicine; Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University; American Academy of Physician Assistants; University of Minnesota Medical School and School of Public Health; and University of Missouri – Columbia School of Medicine.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 92 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 129,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.