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BACKGROUND: Hospitalists play a significant role in medical student education and have been shown to be satisfactory and effective teachers in several observational studies. We hypothesized that the clinical productivity demands placed on academic hospitalists may influence medical student evaluations, which has the potential to impact the promotion and retention of hospitalist faculty. METHODS: Retrospective review with correlation analysis of clinical productivity and medical student evaluations of faculty during the 2009 to 2013 academic years for the hospitalists at SIU‐SOM. RESULTS: A total of 32 sets of annual learner evaluations and clinical intensity data were reviewed, representing data for 18 individual hospitalists. Significant correlations between long term measures of service intensity such as annual work RVUs, total patient encounters, and duty days with lower teaching evaluations in many areas were identified. CONCLUSIONS: These results suggest that medical student evaluations of hospitalist faculty are negatively influenced by higher clinical service intensity measured in terms of annual work RVUs, patient encounters, and duty days when measured on an annual basis.
This was presented at the annual Teaching and Learning in Medicine conference at SIU School of Medicine in 2014. This poster is the preliminary work that was eventually published in http://www.dovepress.com/hospitalist-workload-influences-faculty-evaluations-by-internal-medici-peer-reviewed-article-AMEP.