Clinical Study

Equity Impact Of Covid-19 In Medical Education

Posted Date: Sep 14, 2020

  • Investigator: Heather Christensen
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  • Type of Study: Observational/Survey

The purpose of this research is to determine the impact that “work-from home” orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic have had on medical education faculty. Specifically, the study aims to identify the different experiences that exist between groups of faculty (for example, junior faculty versus senior faculty, or faculty with versus without childcare responsibilities, etc.). For faculty in medical education, women are more likely to report decreased productivity, efficiency, and satisfaction with the work-from-home environment than men. Similarly, female junior faculty will report increased difficulty and less confidence with regard to their timeline for career advancement or tenure. We aim to compare the pre- versus post-COVID-19 experience for faculty across academic medicine. This will be accomplished through a survey containing Likert-scale questions coupled with qualitative analysis of open-ended questions. We intend to use the data to inform all medical institutions of how the pandemic has impacted faculty with regard to perceived quality of work, efficiency, and productivity during the “work-from-home” orders. This information will be valuable to medical colleges and universities as they devote time and money to faculty development, faculty wellness, or other such programs. This remains true even if faculty return back to the office (as the gaps that were created during the quarantine period will still need to be filled), and it is especially relevant if any part of the “work-from-home” orders continue. Should a second surge of COVID-19 occur, institutions will be informed of the inequities that exist amongst their faculty and can take proactive measures to ensure their faculty are supported




Equity, Covid, Medical Education

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Heather Christensen

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