StandPoint Survey

When will the AAMC StandPoint Faculty Engagement Survey “go live” at UVA?

The survey was most recently administered October 2-November 9, 2018. This is a follow-up to the survey administered in October/November 2015.

What is the StandPoint Faculty Engagement Survey?

In recognition of the key roles faculty play in academic health center performance–including delivering excellent healthcare, conducting ground-breaking research, and teaching the next generation of doctors–the Association of American Medical College (AAMC) created an initiative called StandPoint Faculty Engagement Survey to support medical schools in their efforts to attract and retain the best and brightest academic scientists, educators, and clinicians. StandPoint is a collaborative partnership between the AAMC, member medical schools, and teaching hospitals around the country that is focused on measuring and enhancing faculty engagement.

StandPoint Faculty Engagement is the largest national faculty workplace survey designed to address the issues unique to faculty engagement in academic medicine. Organizations participate in the StandPoint to identify strengths and development areas enterprise-wide, for each department, and to benchmark with other organizations to share innovative and effective engagement practices.

What is faculty engagement and why does it matter?

Engagement is a heightened emotional and intellectual connection that a faculty member has for his/her role, organization, manager, or coworkers that, in turn, influences him/her to apply additional discretionary effort at work (Gibbons, Conference Board, 2007). Research on engagement indicates that the alignment of engagement and contribution has more robust links with retention and performance outcomes due to personal investment in the success of an organization. Engaged individuals:

  • give more than is expected of them in their workplace and are happy to do so
  • have a sense of mission and passion that motivate them to give exceptional effort to their work
  • need the resources, support, and tools from the organization to act on, or drive, their sense of mission and passion

When action is taken to improve the practices and policies that support the recruitment and retention of faculty, faculty will thrive. Physicians who are engaged with their jobs provide better quality patient care and also foster greater patient satisfaction. More engaged faculty are more likely to remain with the institution.

 Who will participate in the survey?

All full-time and part-time UVA School of Medicine faculty members will be invited to take part in the StandPoint Faculty Engagement Survey.


The AAMC takes a number of steps to ensure confidentiality and protect respondents. Faculty participation is voluntary. Respondents may skip any particular question or discontinue the survey at any time. Individual responses to survey questions will be kept confidential by the AAMC. Results will be reported to UVa only in aggregate form. Responses are only reported in cases where the “n” is 5 or greater. All qualitative information is redacted for identifying words/phrases and not broken down by department. Reports will only  analyze one variable at a time. Therefore, for example, one could not make a comparison of responses by gender within a specific department (or passively identify individuals). The AAMC will maintain faculty privacy in all published and written data resulting from the study.

 How will the survey results be used?

StandPoint Faculty Engagement will provide a comprehensive statistical report of our institution’s faculty environments strengths and development areas as perceived by full-time and part time faculty. This data can be used to identify institution-wide or department-specific issues, which will allow us to develop a plan to rectify these issues. This data will be used as a diagnostic tool to inform workplace strategy and goals. StandPoint Faculty Engagement will also provide a detailed comparison of results to a self-selected group of peer institutions, as well as to the national cohort of institutions, allowing us to see where we stand amongst our peers, what common issues may be in our work structure, and how we can better ourselves.