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Faculty Health in Academic Medicine:  Physicians, Scientists, and the Pressures of Success

Cole, Thomas; Goodrich, Thelma Jean; Gritz, Ellen R.

We are pleased to announce the completion of the Faculty Health Book written by various faculty members.

This ground-breaking new volume is the first of its kind to conceptualize and study the emerging field of faculty health and well-being in academic health science centers across North America. In Faculty Health and Academic Medicine: Physicians, Scientists, and the Pressures of Success, scholars already published in areas related to faculty health, as well as those primed to break new ground, have created a volume that will help define this new and evolving field. Recent years have brought the realization that clinicians and researchers in academic medicine, performing daily under high levels of stress, do so at great cost to their health. Socialized to diagnose and treat disease through biomedical science and technology, physicians often wall themselves off from emotional connection with their patients. Health does not thrive under these layers of pressures, and family and personal relationships are stretched under the need to constantly perform. Faculty Health and Academic Medicine: Physicians, Scientists, and the Pressures of Success draws from medicine, the social sciences, the humanities, and the arts. In addition to surveys, meta-analyses, and interviews, chapter data also calls upon history, literature, religious studies, and film to create a title that serves as a point of departure for understanding academic medicine and for designing new and innovative interventions to enhance faculty health.

For more information and to review sample pages, please visit the Springer Web site.

Reviews and Press Information

MD Anderson News Release
"On average, research shows, the United States loses the equivalent of at least one entire medical school class each year to suicide - as many as 400 physicians. The book 'Faculty Health in Academic Medicine: Scientists, Physicians, and the Pressures of Success' (Humana Press/Springer), by faculty at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and other national medical experts, breaks new ground in a first-of-its-kind look at faculty health."
For the full release, please visit the MD Anderson Newsroom.

JAMA, Larry D. Gruppen, Ph.D., University of Michigan Medical School
"Many faculty members in academic medical centers complain of continually increasing productivity targets, increasing demands on shrinking time and less satisfaction in their work—all of which diminish the mental and physical health of the faculty member. Institutional leaders bemoan the difficulty of recruiting and retaining faculty to academic medicine, and residents frequently report that they see little in the work lives of their faculty mentors that attracts them to careers in academic medicine. Because of the pervasiveness of these views, it is critical that academic medical centers examine and address the causes of these phenomena."
For the full review, please visit the JAMA site.

PsycCritiques, Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, Scott Temple
"Anyone working on the faculty of an American academic medical center will resonate with the thesis of this book: Increasing workloads in a disintegrating, chaotic and dehumanizing health care system are leading to ever higher rates of faculty dissatisfaction. Demands for increased clinical and grant productivity leave little time for the rich range of teaching and scholarly activities that draw physicians and doctoral faculty to academic medical centers. Concerns with economic survival increasingly trump the humanitarian mission of academic medicine, as the art of listening is supplanted by the demand for more relative value units."
For the full review, please visit the PsycCritiques site.

Cancer Newsline Podcast Series, U.T. MD Anderson Cancer Center: Discussion of the book with Ellen R. Gritz, Ph.D., and Janis Apted
Ellen Gritz, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Behavioral Science, and Janis Apted, associate vice president for faculty development, both at MD Anderson, discuss the new book "Academic Medicine: In Sickness and in Health – Physicians, Scientists and the Pressures of Success".
Please listen to the discussion or download to iTunes.


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Institute for Religion & Health
The institute offers a wide range of programs that support healthcare provider wellness, promote compassionate health care and provide a nurturing environment for collaborative education and research relevant to health, healing and spirituality.

UT Recreation/Fitness Center
The UTHSC-H Recreation Center offers a variety of quality facilities, equipment and programs designed for health and fitness as well as for fun and relaxation. Membership is open to all UT employees and faculty.

Articles

Understanding Meditation: How Attention Changes Our Brains Michael Stanclift, N.D. discusses some interesting effects that meditation can have in your life.

Lotus Therapy by Benedict Carey (NY Times published May 27, 2008).  Article regarding exercise in focused awareness and mental catch-and-release of emotions.


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