Job Satisfaction of Program Directors in Radiology: A Survey of Current Program Directors

Department of Radiology, Monmouth Medical Center, 300 2nd Ave, Long Branch, NJ 07740.
American Journal of Roentgenology (Impact Factor: 2.73). 02/2013; 200(2):238-47. DOI: 10.2214/AJR.11.7588
Source: PubMed


Informal conversations and anecdotal evidence suggest that the job turnover rate among radiology residency program directors is disproportionately high. The purpose of our study was to assess the characteristics of current program directors and determine factors that may be affecting overall job satisfaction and job turnover rate.
A survey that combined facet-specific measurements and global assessment was sent to current program directors in Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-approved diagnostic radiology programs. An optional free response section was included. Results were collected over 4 weeks.
Most of the program directors responded. The mean tenure of current program directors was 6.9 ± 6.7 years (range, 0.5-30 years). Fifty-three percent rated global job satisfaction high, and 6% reported low satisfaction. Sixty-four percent of the respondents were not considering resignation, compared with 13% who were definitely resigning. Program directors in larger programs reported a higher level of satisfaction. Positive interactions with residents and feeling valued by colleagues increased job satisfaction. The greatest source of dissatisfaction from all respondents seemed to be ACGME regulations, which were considered excessive and to change too frequently. The changing format of the board examination and structure of a residency were not the major factors in determining job satisfaction.
The job satisfaction rate among current program directors is high, likely owing to feelings of fulfillment in working with residents and feeling valued by colleagues. The major source of dissatisfaction appears to stem from ACGME oversight, which is perceived as excessive and having requirements that change too frequently.

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