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IU School of Medicine nationally recognized for work-life balance practices for academic physicians

September 26, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana University School of Medicine was recently awarded with a $250,000 grant for excellence in faculty career flexibility from the American Council on Education and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. IU School of Medicine was one of five medical schools in the nation to receive this award at ACE’s annual board of directors meeting in Washington, D.C.

The School of Medicine was recognized for its innovative culture of support for faculty at all phases of the career life cycle, from recruitment to senior faculty and institutional leaders, by focusing on three main factors identified in previous research as critical to workplace flexibility: clarity of role expectations, support of work-life demands and workplace schedule input.

School of Medicine faculty leaders directing this project include D. Craig Brater, M.D., dean and principal investigator; Stephen P. Bogdewic, Ph.D., executive associate dean for faculty affairs and professional development; and Mary E. Dankoski, M.D., associate dean of faculty affairs.

“Faculty are the School of Medicine,” Brater said. “With this award, we will continue to develop new programs to address these critical factors that affect their vitality and ability to attain their goals, as well as improve communication and education of institutional policies, enhance support for flexibility in clinical service units, provide greater support for dependent caregiving demands -- such as child and elder care -- and increase the engagement of part-time and senior faculty.”

Since 2003, ACE, in partnership with the Sloan Foundation, has been investigating the structural and cultural changes necessary to increase flexibility in faculty careers.

“Our colleagues at the Association of American Medical Colleges note that the United States is facing a looming crisis: a serious doctor shortage,” ACE Senior Vice President Gretchen M. Bataille said. “If our medical schools aren’t retaining the right faculty, then that shortage will only be exacerbated. These institutions that have been recognized are taking bold steps to keep the best and the brightest teachers, which helps attract future doctors. We are grateful to the Sloan Foundation for its continued support of these efforts.”

As the nation’s second largest medical school, and the only medical school in Indiana, the IU School of Medicine has more than 1,900 full-time and part-time faculty and educates medical students on nine campuses across the state. This fall, 1,880 students are pursuing advanced degrees at the School of Medicine, including 1,245 future physicians and 217 doctoral students.

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About America Council on Education

Founded in 1918, ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents, and more than 200 related associations, nationwide. It provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy. For more information, visit www.acenet.edu or follow ACE on Twitter at @ACEducation.

About the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit grant-making institution based in New York City. Established in 1934 by Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr., then-president and CEO of the General Motors Corp., its Working Longer program is expanding understanding of aging Americans’ work patterns.

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