Program Session

8 - Working with Medical Education to Establish the Baseline

Sunday, May 28
3:40 PM - 3:45 PM
Room: 612

Objectives: A measure of academic productivity of any institution is the annual output of peer reviewed publications. This abstract describes an author-level, unit- of-measure method used to identify and quantify scholarly productivity of the physician faculty and housestaff within an organization characterized as having a pluralistic medical model. This project will be useful to other medical librarians involved in similar projects.

Methods: The Medical Library retrieved the 2015 publication data from subscribed databases, including Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health (CINAHL), PubMed, PsyInfo and Web of Science. These reports are predicated on institutional affiliation which presents opportunities for gaps and are insufficient to fully measure output. Most journal articles have multiple authors it was unclear which authors or departmental affiliation were aligned with the institution. The Medical Library correlated the internal 2015 list of faculty and housestaff to the list of Medical Library generated reports that detailed institutionally affiliated author publications. Individual names were cross checked with the external reporting of published author output. Departmental affiliations were matched and entered into an Excel table that aligned author first name, middle initial, last name, department, division, degree and professional title. publication title, publication year, volume and page numbers and the article title.

Results: The results of this study provided the ability to identify and measure the total number of published material, as well as the ability to review Medical Departmental and Divisional output. This data demonstrated that for FY2015, the Department of Internal Medicine had the highest percentage of faculty publication output with the Cardiology ranking the highest in the divisional structure. Analysis of housestaff data determined that almost half of the publishing output for FY2015 was generated by the Internal Medicine Department with General Internal Medicine ranking highest in the divisional structure.

Conclusion: This research demonstrated that by using a standardized methodology and units of measure, publication output from the faculty and the housestaff by Departmental and Divisional affiliation could be interpreted from a Medical Education Institutional view. This project demonstrates a more efficient evaluation method to document publication output and provides the opportunity to measure and compare scholarly output against other internal departments and other Academic Medical Institutions.

Keywords: Peer reviewed publication Scholarly Output Publication Analysis

Program Session

Janet L. Hobbs

Manager, Medical Library
Medical Library
Los Angeles, California

Janet Hobbs, MBA, MLIS, AHIP
Manager, Medical Library
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
8700 Beverly Boulevard, ST 2815
Los Angeles, CA 90048


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