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Peer Mentoring Program Increases Faculty Productivity

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Positive Peer-Pressured Productivity (PQUAD) License
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Researchers
Michael Pitt, MD
Assistant Professor; Director of Global Health Education; Associate Residency Program Director, Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine
External Link (www.pediatrics.umn.edu)
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Andrew Morrow
Technology Licensing Officer
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Positive Peer-Pressured Productivity (P-QUAD): Novel Use of Increased Transparency and a Weighted Lottery to Increase a Division’s Academic Output
ACADEMIC PEDIATRICS, Volume 17, Number 2, March 2017, Pages 218–221

Academic Productivity

A dual-incentive peer mentoring model, Positive Peer-Pressured Productivity (PQUAD), shows promising results in increasing academic productivity of early-career faculty. PQUAD combines an increased awareness of peers’ academic work with a weighted lottery for which tickets are earned on the basis of academic output. The incentive program assigns points for different scholarly activities (e.g., one point for abstract submission, two points for poster presentation, three points for oral presentation, etc.). The accumulated points translate into lottery tickets for a semi-annual drawing for monetary prizes, and participants can monitor their progress against their peers on a leaderboard that displays the top point leaders. Combining an increased awareness of peers’ academic productivity with a weighted lottery financial incentive appears to be a useful model for stimulating academic productivity in early-career faculty.

Positive Results

Then faculty in the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Division at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital participated in the PQUAD program, overall annual productivity per faculty member (as measured by total PQUAD score) increased. Submissions and acceptances also increased in all categories except posters, which were unchanged. A majority (73%) of post-survey respondents indicated that the financial incentive motivated them to submit academic work, and 100% indicated that increased awareness of their peers’ work was a motivator.

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This quick video overview of the program explains more about the PQUAD incentive system.

BENEFITS AND FEATURES:

  • Dual-incentive peer mentoring
  • Increasing academic productivity of early-career faculty
  • Increases awareness of peers’ academic work
  • Weighted lottery tickets earned based on academic output
  • Accumulated points translate into lottery tickets for a semi-annual drawing for monetary prizes
  • Financial incentive appears to be a useful model for stimulating academic productivity

APPLICATIONS:

  • Increasing academic productivity of early-career faculty
  • Colleges and universities

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