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Tenure Does Not Guarantee Salary in U.S. Medical Schools
By News Staff
Instead, some institutions have been incorporating the term "tenure of title" into their institutional policies. Faculty members at these institutions hold that designation as an honorific and cannot expect any accompanying compensation.
"These trends of limiting financial liability by either not offering or restricting the financial guarantee association with tenure for faculty are likely to continue to evolve in the future in order to align better with the uncertain and tenuous economic realities that medical schools continue to face," the report says.
According to the report, in summer 2008, the AAMC surveyed faculty personnel policies of all U.S. medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, which numbered 126 at the time. The policies involved appointments, tenure and compensation structures.
The results from the 111 medical schools that offered tenure for their clinical faculty were:
- 46 schools, or 41 percent, had no financial guarantee associated with tenure.
- Of the 49 schools, or 44 percent, that did offer some type of guarantee, only three schools, or 6 percent, offered total institutional salary. Most often, the schools offered a base salary.
- 45 schools, or 38 percent, had no specific financial guarantee associated with tenure.
- Of the 59 schools, or 50 percent, that did offer a specific financial guarantee, only seven, or 12 percent, offered total institutional salary. Like the clinical faculty, basic science faculty members were offered some type of base salary.
Association of American Medical Colleges Analysis in Brief: "The Relationship between Tenure and Guaranteed Salary for U.S. Medical School Faculty" (2-page PDF; About PDFs)