Challenges in Effective Faculty and Provider Recognition to Enhance Engagement

Timothy D. Riley, Julie A. Radico, Jessica Parascando, Arthur Berg, Tamara K. Oser

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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Burnout is associated with reduction in patient care time and leaving academic medicine, and is prevalent among faculty, residents, and advanced practice providers. Recognition may positively impact workplace well-being and reduce attrition. The objective of this study was to understand needs and preferences regarding recognition among faculty and providers in a large academic department. METHODS: A survey including quantitative and qualitative elements was sent to faculty and providers to identify whether additional recognition was needed and, if so, to seek potential opportunities to improve recognition, with mixedmethods assessment of results. RESULTS: Fifty-two participants completed the survey (35.9% response rate; 53.8% female, 59.6% faculty); 26.9% reported performing duties at work that are not being recognized, and 19.2% reported seriously considering leaving the institution because they did not feel appreciated. Females were more likely to want tangible goods as a source of recognition (P=.008). While providers preferred to have recommendations for recognition made by office staff (P=.007), associate professors did not (P=.005). Qualitative responses to the survey also revealed concerns regarding favoritism and risk of feeling unappreciated if a recognition system is perceived as unfair. CONCLUSIONS: This survey demonstrated a deficit of recognition and a lack of consensus regarding how or when faculty and providers should be recognized. There were concerns regarding fairness of recognition. Efforts to enhance recognition should avoid assumptions about faculty and provider preferences, and should be attuned to fairness and inclusion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)461-465
Number of pages5
JournalFamily medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Family Practice


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