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Journal of the Korean Medical Association 2012;55(11):1128-1141.
Published online November 16, 2012.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5124/jkma.2012.55.11.1128   
A survey on the education, medical practice, research, and fringe benefits of Korean medical school faculty
Kyung Hwa Seo, Sun Mi Lim, Byung In Lee, Choong Hak Park, Yoon Hyung Park
1Research Institute of Healthcare Policy, Korean Medical Association, Seoul, Korea.
2Department of Neurology, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
3Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dankook University College of Medicine, Cheonan, Korea.
4Department of Preventive Medicine, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Cheonan, Korea. parky@sch.ac.kr
Abstract
In general, medical school faculty have to perform clinical practice in addition to their educational and research activities, unlike the professors of other departments, while simultaneously playing an important role within the medical profession. However, some organizational or environmental factors decrease the job satisfaction of medical professors. This study aimed to determine the current status of medical schools professors' job activities, satisfaction level, factors related to job satisfaction, and so on. A structured questionnaire was used in the survey and 936 valid responses (response rate, 79.1%) were analyzed using SAS version 9.1. Items included in the questionnaire were work tasks, satisfaction with work and environment, fringe benefits, and future plans. Our study found that the satisfaction of respondents with research activities was not high, and they had negative perceptions of their work environment. Also, it was found that job satisfaction was most affected by work environment. In the section on fringe benefits, a variety of fringe benefits were provided to respondents but their actual satisfaction was not high. To enhance the overall job satisfaction of medical school faculty, all the matters related to their work tasks and environmental factors have to be considered in the aspect of their own role in medical school. The limitations of this study were a low response rate to the early online survey and a long duration of the survey period. However, these limitations were resolved by an additional mail survey modality and statistical techniques. It is meaningful that this study was an extensive survey aimed at medical school faculty and dealt with a comprehensive range of issues.
Key Words: Medical faculty, Research, Patient care, Fringe benefit, Personal satisfaction
 


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