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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 109-112

Establishing an educational value unit to promote teaching in an academic unit

Department of Pediatrics, University of California Davis, Sacramento, CA, USA

Correspondence Address:
Lavjay Butani
Department of Pediatrics, University of California Davis Medical Center, Ticon 2, Room 348, 2516 Stockton Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95817
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/efh.EfH_332_18

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Background: In academic health centers, education remains an incompletely supported and funded mandate. In an attempt to promote education and better support educational endeavors of faculty, some academic health centers and departments have conceived of a metric, the educational value unit (eVU), to begin to “quantify” teaching. What goes into this metric, its intended goals and the logistics of its implementation vary considerably among centers. Lessons Learned: This practical advice paper highlights the various lessons learned from a review of the limited published literature on eVU systems supplemented with our personal experience in implementing a successful eVU system in the Department of Pediatrics at our institution, to help guide others who may be interested in doing that same. Even in limited-resource settings, our hope is that these lessons can serve as a guide on how to better quantify and reward teaching, whether through monetary or nonfiscal incentives and recognition.

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