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Generational Differences: Implications for the Future of Faculty and Leadership Development in Academic Health Centers

Saturday, November 5th, 1:30pm-5:00pm

Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

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Janet Bickel, MA
President, Janet Bickel and Associates

Ann Brown, MD
Associate Dean for Women in Medicine andScience
Duke University Medical Center

For the first time in history, members of four generations are in the workplace together. Tensions particularly between the Baby Boom generation (today’s department heads and senior faculty) and younger members of the community [ie: Generation X (residents and junior faculty) and Generation Y (current medical students)] have profound implications for the future of academic medicine. Generational differences in orientation toward authority, career development, and personal time are exacerbating such challenges as faculty recruitment, inadequate mentoring, and work-life conflicts. Faculty positions are already also less attractive to the younger generations because: high educational debt levels, private practice is more lucrative, and faculty appointments offer less protected time than they used to. Since recruitment of Generations X and Y into faculty and leadership roles is essential to the future of academic medicine, strategies for ensuring their retention are called for, including how senior faculty can better mentor “across differences.” Building effective bridges to the younger generations is necessary if Academic Health Centers are to maintain traditions of excellence.

Dr. Ann Brown is the Associate Dean for Women in Medicine and Science at Duke University School of Medicine. In this role, she spearheads faculty development initiatives through the Dean's Office at Duke, and works with individual faculty on career development. She initiated the award winning Duke Academic Program in Women's Health, which provides multidisciplinary Women's Health education to providers. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Stanford University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Yale, and her endocrinology fellowship at Duke. In addition to her interest in women's health and leadership, she has an active clinical practice and research program focusing on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

Janet Bickel partners with individuals to boost their careers and with academic institutions to improve faculty and leadership development. Widely respected as an expert in these areas, she has spoken and consulted at over 95 academic health centers and dozens of professional societies and organizations.

Janet Bickel’s current appointments include Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medical Education at George Washington University School of Medicine. Other recent activities have included appointment as Visiting Associate Dean of Faculty at the University of Wisconsin Medical School and design of a Leadership Development Curriculum for the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program.

During the 25 years prior to creating Janet Bickel & Associates, she held positions of increasing national leadership at the Association of American Medical Colleges, including Associate Vice President for Medical School Affairs and Director of the Office of Women in Medicine.

Ms. Bickel has published broadly, with over 40 peer-reviewed articles, including the widely cited “Generation X: Implications for Faculty Recruitment and Development in Academic Health Centers” (Academic Medicine, March 2005). Her two books have also garnered high praise: Educating for Professionalism: Creating a Culture of Humanism in Medical Education (with D. Wear; U. of Iowa Press, 2000) and Women in Medicine: Getting in, Growing and Advancing (Sage, 2000).

Between 1972-76, Ms. Bickel served as admissions, financial aid and student affairs officer for the then new Brown University Medical School. She holds a M.A. in sociology from Brown University and an A.B. in English from University of Missouri-Columbia. She is certified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Center for Creative Leadership's multi-rater feedback instruments.

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