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A Look at the Anatomy Educator Job Market: Anatomists Remain in Short Supply.

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In 2002, a widely publicized report projected an anatomy educator shortage based on department chairpersons' perceptions. Now, 17 years later, the question lingers: "Does an anatomy educator shortage persist and, if so, how severe is the shortage?" Trends in the number, type, and fill rate of anatomy educator job openings were explored by analyzing United States (U.S.) job postings over the past two years. A survey was distributed to leaders of anatomy-related departments in the U.S., Canada, and European Union. Most departmental leaders who responded (65% or more) from the U.S./Canada (n = 81) and the European Union (n = 52) anticipate they will have 'moderate' to 'great' difficulty hiring anatomy educators in gross anatomy, histology, and embryology over the next five years. Within the U.S., the number of anatomy educator job postings at medical schools more than doubled from at least 21 postings in 2017 to 52 postings in 2018. Twenty-one percent of postings between 2017 and 2018 were never filled. While the number of anatomy educator openings within the U.S./Canada is perceived to remain in a steady state for the next five years, the European Union estimates a five-fold increase in the number of openings. Departmental leaders prioritize anatomy educator applicants who have teaching experience (mean ±SD = 4.64 ±0.84 on five-point Likert scale), versatility in teaching multiple anatomy disciplines (3.93 ±1.07), and flexibility in implementing various teaching pedagogies (3.69 ±1.17). Collectively, these data suggest the shortage of anatomy educators continues in the U.S./Canada and the European Union. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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Name: Anatomical sciences education
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