Participation of Volunteer Faculty Members in Education Research Projects

Published in: Journal of Medical Education, v. 63, Apr. 1988, p. 283-287

Posted on on January 01, 1988

by Lisa V. Rubenstein, Susan H. Hirsch, David Calkins, Roy Young, Marvin J. Rapaport

Physicians in private practice who are also volunteer clinical faculty members are a recognized resource for teaching and patient care at teaching hospitals. Clinical faculty members have seldom been included in education research despite the frequent complaint from community practitioners that the results from studies at teaching hospitals are not applicable to community practice. The authors report on a study involving volunteer clinical faculty members in a randomized education trial to improve patients' everyday functioning. Seventy-six clinical faculty physicians in office practice of internal medicine participated. At the end of the study the physician participants were asked to complete an evaluation questionnaire concerning the appropriateness of clinical faculty members' participation in such research projects. Ninety-five percent said the experiment was appropriate, and 88 percent would participate again.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation External publication series. Many RAND studies are published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals, as chapters in commercial books, or as documents published by other organizations.

Our mission to help improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis is enabled through our core values of quality and objectivity and our unwavering commitment to the highest level of integrity and ethical behavior. To help ensure our research and analysis are rigorous, objective, and nonpartisan, we subject our research publications to a robust and exacting quality-assurance process; avoid both the appearance and reality of financial and other conflicts of interest through staff training, project screening, and a policy of mandatory disclosure; and pursue transparency in our research engagements through our commitment to the open publication of our research findings and recommendations, disclosure of the source of funding of published research, and policies to ensure intellectual independence. For more information, visit

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.