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Address for Correspondence: David A. Wald, DO. Department of Emergency Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine, 3401 N. Broad Strreet, 1st Floor Park Ave., Pavillion, Philadelphia, PA 19140. Email: waldda@tuhs.temple.edu

By the WestJEM article submission agreement, all authors are required to disclose all affiliations, funding sources and financial or management relationships that could be perceived as potential sources of bias. The authors disclosed none.



  • Adult
  • Clinical Clerkship
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Faculty, Medical
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States

Emergency medicine clerkship directors: current workforce


Journal Title:

Western Journal of Emergency Medicine


Volume 15, Number 4


, Pages 398-403

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INTRODUCTION: The emergency medicine clerkship director serves an important role in the education of medical students. The authors sought to update the demographic and academic profile of the emergency medicine clerkship director.METHODS: We developed and implemented a comprehensive questionnaire, and used it to survey all emergency medicine clerkship directors at United States allopathic medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. We analyzed and interpreted data using descriptive statistics.RESULTS: One hundred seven of 133 (80.4%) emergency medicine clerkship directors completed the survey. Clerkship Director's mean age was 39.7 years (SD-7.2), they were more commonly male 68.2%, of Caucasian racial backgrounds and at the instructor or assistant professor (71.3%) level. The mean number of years of experience as clerkship director was 5.5 (SD-4.5). The mean amount of protected time for clerkship administration reported by respondents was 7.3 hours weekly (SD-5.1), with the majority (53.8%) reporting 6 or more hours of protected time per week. However, 32.7% of emergency medicine clerkship directors reported not having any protected time for clerkship administration. Most clerkship directors (91.6%) held additional teaching responsibilities beyond their clerkship and many were involved in educational research (49.5%). The majority (79.8%), reported being somewhat or very satisfied with their job as clerkship director.CONCLUSION: Most clerkship directors were junior faculty at the instructor or assistant professor rank and were involved with a variety of educational endeavors beyond the clerkship.

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