James Woods, MD – Henry A. Thiede Professor and Chairman Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Rochester Medical Center
Michael Flynn, MD – Associate Professor and Chief Urogynecology, University of Massachusetts Memorial Hospital
Technology ID#: 6-2062
Brief Description: The Faculty Performance Program is a web-based program designed to collect and collate (monthly with a numerical value) all clinical and non-clinical activities performed by a physician in an academic institution. The program generates a quantifiable report on physician performance to provide the individual junior faculty member and department leadership a clearer understanding of his or her productivity.
Applications: Every academic clinical department in medicine struggles with documenting the various clinical and non-clinical activities carried out by its physician members. While clinical activity can be monitored by national work-Relative Value Scales (wRVUs), academic centers have found it difficult to value quantitatively departmental citizenship, administration, teaching, research (grants and publications) and community service. The Faculty Performance Program (FPP) adapts the wRVU system to create a numerical value for all clinical and non-clinical activities using time as the determinate. The program generates a comprehensive monthly, quarterly and annual report card for each physician within his or her specialty division, and the methodology allows comparison across medical specialties. This report card can then be used to generate electronic annual reports and curriculum vitae, and ultimately alignment of faculty activity with salary and bonuses. The Faculty Performance Program is based on a model that is adaptable to all medical specialties over a wide range of academic and medical fields.
Advantages: The academic medical field, among other industries, has yet to effectively create a comprehensive assessment and reward tool for faculty productivity. There is a pressing need under current economic pressures to develop a computerized academic faculty productivity program that generates a quantifiable value for time spent in clinical activity, departmental citizenship, administration, teaching, research, and community service. The program is based on the concept of the clinical value of a unit of time modified to reward time-related non-clinical activity. In essence, time is used as a common modality allowing the program to link clinical activity to non-clinical activity. The premise of time and productivity is fundamental to this program. How that unit of time is used represents the basis of the program.