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Response Rate. In 1995, 712 of 722 reporting units or 98.6%, were able to provide at least partial data. Of the 11,598 departments surveyed, 11,244 or 96.9%, responded. That is, 354 departments, or 3.1%, required complete imputation. Item nonresponse for the responding departments was 1,730, or 15.4 percent; these had one or more data cells imputed. Imputation for missing data elements was based on the prior year's data where available; otherwise, it was imputed on data on peer institutions.
Association of American Medical Colleges Medical Faculty Roster System
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) maintains several data bases that contain information on US medical personnel. One particularly relevant personnel system is AAMC's Medical Faculty Roster.
The Medical Faculty Roster is a comprehensive data directory of medical-school faculty, including education and employment history, nature of current activities, degrees, rank, and ethnicity. The data for this system are collected continuously from medical schools, as changes occur, through questionnaires that are completed by the faculty members. The accuracy of the data is considered to be very high, as was demonstrated by pilot samples for different studies conducted by AAMC. Data from this system can be linked to other data sources through Social Security numbers.