Facilitating faculty success: outcomes and cost benefit of the UCSD National Center of Leadership in Academic Medicine

Acad Med. 2004 Oct;79(10 Suppl):S9-11. doi: 10.1097/00001888-200410001-00003.


Problem and background: In 1998, the University of California San Diego (UCSD) was selected as one of four National Centers of Leadership in Academic Medicine (NCLAM) to develop a structured mentoring program for junior faculty.

Method: Participants were surveyed at the beginning and end of the seven-month program, and one-four years after. The institution provided financial information. Four primary outcomes associated with participation in NCLAM were assessed: whether participants stayed at UCSD, whether they stayed in academic medicine, improved confidence in skills, and cost-effectiveness.

Results: Among 67 participants, 85% remained at UCSD and 93% in academic medicine. Their confidence in skills needed for academic success improved: 53% personal leadership, 19% research, 33% teaching, and 76% administration. Given improved retention rates, savings in recruitment was greater than cost of the program.

Conclusions: Structured mentoring can be a cost-effective way to improve skills needed for academic success and retention in academic medicine.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Academic Medical Centers
  • Administrative Personnel
  • California
  • Career Choice
  • Clinical Competence
  • Cost Savings
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Faculty, Medical*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Leadership*
  • Mentors
  • Personnel Selection
  • Program Development
  • Program Evaluation / economics
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Workforce