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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 201-211

The American College of Academic International Medicine 2017 Consensus Statement on International Medical Programs: Establishing a system of objective valuation and quantitative metrics to facilitate the recognition and incorporation of academic international medical efforts into existing promotion and tenure paradigms

1 Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ, USA
2 Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, USA
3 SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA
4 St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
5 East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, USA
6 Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA
7 Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA
8 Summa Health System, Akron, OH, USA
9 University of Florida, Jacksonville, FL, Northwestern University School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, USA
10 University Hospital, St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, PA, USA
11 Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, USA
12 Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH, USA
13 Warren Hospital, St. Luke's University Health Network, Phillipsburg, NJ, USA
14 University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, Toledo, OH, USA
15 Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Portsmouth, VA, USA
16 Northwestern University School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, USA
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Correspondence Address:
Dr. Stanislaw P Stawicki
St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, PA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/IJCIIS.IJCIIS_64_17

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The growth of academic international medicine (AIM) as a distinct field of expertise resulted in increasing participation by individual and institutional actors from both high-income and low-and-middle-income countries. This trend resulted in the gradual evolution of international medical programs (IMPs). With the growing number of students, residents, and educators who gravitate toward nontraditional forms of academic contribution, the need arose for a system of formalized metrics and quantitative assessment of AIM- and IMP-related efforts. Within this emerging paradigm, an institution's “return on investment” from faculty involvement in AIM and participation in IMPs can be measured by establishing equivalency between international work and various established academic activities that lead to greater institutional visibility and reputational impact. The goal of this consensus statement is to provide a basic framework for quantitative assessment and standardized metrics of professional effort attributable to active faculty engagement in AIM and participation in IMPs. Implicit to the current work is the understanding that the proposed system should be flexible and adaptable to the dynamically evolving landscape of AIM – an increasingly important subset of general academic medical activities.

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