OP-373 : A comprehensive model for new faculty orientation

Author(s): 
Alison Dobbie, Laura Snell, United States
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The comprehensive faculty orientation is aimed at fostering faculty success, satisfaction, retention and advancement.

Reducing faculty turnover and fostering new faculty satisfaction, success and retention are vital to academic programs. Orientating new faculty is important to set expectations, socialize them to the academic setting (including formal mentorship), and to conduct a needs assessment of their current and required skills. In this session, a department chair and academic vice chair discuss their comprehensive new faculty orientation that includes: 1. Introduction to university rules, regulations and academic culture 2. Overview of the department’s clinical, educational and research missions 3. A needs assessment and personal career development plan (an Academic Boot Camp) 4. Clear and specific expectations setting In this session, we share our format, tools and experience with other program leaders and faculty.

The comprehensive orientation aims to promote faculty success measured by satisfaction, retention and academic advancement. In our department, from 2007-9, 8 new assistant professors underwent a comprehensive orientation. Of those, 1 left academics within a year (early recognition of unsuitability for academics) and 7 remain in academic medicine, 5 within our department. All have published and presented nationally and all are active in research and/or program development. All are on track for academic promotion.

A comprehensive faculty orientation with career planning can result in early success for junior faculty. Job satisfaction is high and early retention rates (at 3 years) are promising. Long term outcomes remain to be demonstrated.