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Harvard agrees to increase pay for teaching physicians

Physician Practice Advisor, March 14, 2007

Harvard Medical School and three teaching hospitals-Massachusetts General, Brigham and Women's, and Beth Israel Deaconess-have agreed to double the funds for hospital-based instructors from $8 million to $16 million beginning July 1, according to the Boston Globe.

There are currently wide discrepancies in how Harvard Medical School's 7,000 full-time instructors are paid. Many are paid well below standard rates for physician services, and some provide on-the-job training without compensation. Under the new program, all physicians will receive $100 per hour to teach.

Because more physicians were declining teaching requests due to the poor reimbursement, residents or fellows, who are junior doctors still in training, or even faculty from other universities, have been enlisted to teach. The new agreement comes as the medical school implements significant changes to its curriculum that will require even more intensive teaching by the faculty.

Click here to read the Boston Globe article.