Inability to Predict Successful Promotion within 9 Years of Appointment [2O]

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Our objective was to determine factors that correlate with successful promotion from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor within 9 years of appointment.


Faculty demographic characteristics were abstracted from the de-identified faculty database of a large academic obstetrics and gynecology department and correlated with successful promotion from Assistant to Associate Professor within nine years of initial appointment. Fisher exact and t-test were used where appropriate, p<0.05 was considered significant.


Information about 107 full-time clinical faculty was obtained. 79 faculty had initial appointment as Assistant Professor less than nine years ago and were excluded; data from 28 faculty was used for analysis. 21 were promoted within 9 years. Sex, age at initial appointment, sub-specialization, graduation from a US medical school, graduation from an academic residency, advanced degree prior to appointment, number of publications or funding prior to appointment, administrative or committee work or institution change as an Assistant Professor were not associated with likelihood of promotion within 9 years.


Factors traditionally thought to be associated with timely promotion from Assistant to Associate Professor are not predictive of success in the 21st century.

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