Part-Time Academic Medicine: Understanding Culture to Effect Change

Angela Punnett


Part-time employment in academia has been increasing in frequency over the past three decades, mirroring global labour force participation trends. In medicine, however, the idea of part-time practice runs counter to the ethos of the profession and has been the subject of much debate. There is a growing body of literature examining the need for and benefits of more flexible work arrangements both in academic and private medical practice. This essay will explore the issue of part-time practice in academic medicine particularly, beginning with a description of the broader sociopolitical context relating to the feminization of the workforce and borrowing from experience in business, the academy and private medical practice. It will end with an argument for culture change for a sustainable and progressive workplace for all of us in the healthcare sector.


higher education; health professional education; academic medicine; feminization

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Higher Education Perspectives. ISSN: 1710-1530