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The ACLGIM Executive Committee has been working to create an information resource for Chiefs that will provide benchmarking within academic Divisions of General Internal Medicine. The hope is that this information will enable Chiefs to more effectively advocate for GIM’s needs within their organizations.

Academic Hospitalists Survey

conducted by ACGIM in October 2006
ACLGIM in conjunction with the SGIM Academic Hospitalists Task Force developed a survey as a way to learn more about the structure of hospitalist programs and the role of hospitalists within their workplace.
Executive Summary 
Survey results (pdf file)  

Chief’s Job Description

conducted by ACLGIM during June-August, 2005.
Complete survey results (pdf file)
The ACGIM Division Chiefs Surveys serve to provide benchmarks for various aspects of activities in academic Divisions of General Internal Medicine, in order to produce a database of comparative information to assist Chiefs in their role. The Chiefs “Job Description Survey” was distributed to ACGIM membership in June-July of 2005 and the responses were collected and analyzed in August 2005. 49 ACGIM member chiefs responded to the survey (47%). Responding chiefs were 18% female and 82% male, with 90% of the respondents being between the ages of 41 and 60. Only 8% of respondents were minorities. While 34% had been Chief for five years or less, 31% held the position for over 11 years. 77% were promoted from within their organization to assume the Chief role. 

Compensation and incentive plans ranged broadly, with salaries averaging in the $150,000-239,000 range. Managed budgets ranged from less than $1 million to over $19 million, with a bimodal distribution: 41% of Divisions possessed budgets of less than $3 million while 33% were over $11 million.

Most Chiefs spend less than 40% of time on clinical activities, and split the remainder of time on administration and research. Chiefs spent a variable amount of time chairing committees and administering functions outside of their Divisions. Teaching tended to take up a minority of time for most responding Chiefs, but most Chiefs were still actively engaged in teaching. Hours worked per week ranged from 50 to over 80. 

Most Chiefs possess their own administrative support including Secretary (67%) and administrator (60%). Most Chiefs report to the Chair of Medicine, with only a minority of respondents indicating reporting to CMOs (2) Deans (1) or others (2). Only 21% of respondents aspired to Associate Dean or Chair positions in the future; 24% indicated that they would remain in their position until retirement, but most respondents (39%) were unsure of future career plans. 


How Can You Help?

The ACLGIM Executive Committee is committed to this ongoing benchmarking progress, because you, the membership have told us that you want and need this! You can help by:

  1. responding to the surveys when they come via email (we promise to limit the surveys to only about 3 per year); and
  2. suggesting topics of special importance to you—we are open to ideas. Email us

Methods of Compensation for Ambulatory Care in Academic General Internal Medicine Practices.

Summary of results from work done by Daniel Dunham, MD, MPH and D. C. Dugdale, MD,
Executive summary (pdf file)

Faculty Development Policies in Divisions of General Internal Medicine

conducted via ACLGIM Listserve inquiry in May 2007
Summary of responses