Clinician and / or Educator Track

Candidates for appointment or promotion in the Clinician and/or Educator Track will be evaluated based on the sum of their academic accomplishments in five major categories of activities: clinical care, education, administrative functions, research/scholarship, and funding. Given the richness of this mix it is not expected that every candidate will demonstrate accomplishments in all of these categories; the relative contribution in each area may differ by candidate, and an absence of experience in some categories will not be a barrier to appointment or promotion as long as the overall contributions constitute a body of significant achievement. Innovation in any or all relevant areas is encouraged.

Scholarship is likely to be focused in a candidate's major areas of expertise rather than in basic investigation. While an excellent physician may be a significant generator of clinical revenues, scholarship rather than income-earning ability is of primary concern. Evaluation of a candidate's publication record will extend beyond the first and last authorship positions and will include the candidate's significant contributions as a middle author.

Although all faculty are expected to be competent as teachers, excellence in educational activities may be considered as a primary criterion for promotion in the Clinician and/or Educator Track. Faculty from basic science departments whose primary activity is teaching rather than research will be eligible for appointment in this track.

It is expected that as faculty advance in their academic careers, they will demonstrate increasing service and leadership in administration and policy-making functions of the institution and the broader scientific and medical communities. Involvement and leadership in institutional innovation, quality improvement initiatives, and clinical outcome studies present expanding opportunities for clinicians to make a broad impact in the clinical arena. Significant participation in and contributions to major institutional committees that are critical to the mission of the school and its affiliated hospitals (such as Institutional Review Board, Admissions Committee, Medical Board) will be given consideration when faculty are under review for promotion. Additionally, outstanding service in a significant administrative role (such as Vice-Chair, Diversity Council Leader, Mentoring Champion,Training Program Director) will also be considered.

1. Assistant Professor

Appointment, reappointment and promotion to the rank of Assistant Professor in the Clinician and/or Educator Track may be extended to individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in clinical practice and/or education within an academic community, and who possess the ability to integrate teaching and scholarship on an ongoing basis into the practice or learning of medicine and science.  Innovative approaches to these endeavors will be considered a plus:

Clinical Care – Candidates are expected to show evidence of superior competence in their medical practice. They should be perceived by other physicians in the institution and community as a source of excellent care for patients.

Scholarship – Scholarship includes the sustained publication and/or presentation of clinical observations, reviews, analytic studies, textbook chapters, state-of-the-art clinical practice, reviews and/or development of teaching materials, and faculty development. Scholarship can also include the design of programs of excellence in delivery of clinical care, innovative methods of care and integration of teaching into clinical practice. Participation in research, e.g., a significant role in clinical trials, may also be considered. Development of new programs of clinical care and support of such programs by service or research grants will be considered. The development and dissemination of materials such as clinical practice guidelines and care maps at the local level as well as design and participation in quality assurance and improvement of care would be required as a demonstration of ongoing scholarship. Participation in research, e.g., a significant role in clinical trials, epidemiologic studies or evaluation of quality of care interventions may also be considered.

Education and Mentoring – Integration of teaching within the practice of medicine or other scholarly activities on a regular and on-going basis is desirable.  This can be demonstrated through recognition as superior teachers by peers and students as judged by evaluations submitted by trainees. Innovation and development of educational and clinical programs and grant support of such programs will also be considered. Teaching may take place at various levels ranging from individual patient care to institution-wide quality of care, or other initiatives. Candidates at this rank have the opportunity to establish a teaching portfolio that will serve as the foundation for future consideration as an educator in this track. Evidence of serving as role models and mentors to students, trainees and other faculty will also be valued.

Diversity and Inclusion – Efforts to promote diversity and to develop and support an inclusive environment will be considered.

Service, Professionalism and Citizenship – Candidates are expected to have a record of professionalism and collaboration. They may show evidence of their role in clinical or educational administration, or in developing and/or implementing changes that improve the quality of care in a clinical practice or program, or in an educational program. Participation on institutional committees, and involvement in professional organizations will be viewed positively.

Appointment and Term – Appointment to this position is at the discretion of the Department Chair. The term of appointment is one year.

Reappointment and Non-Reappointment – In the absence of an employment contract, the Chair will provide notice of reappointment or non-reappointment.

Reappointment may be for one year, at the discretion of the Chair. There is no limit on the number of reappointments permitted.

If a decision to reappoint a faculty member is made during a term extension as described in the section on notices of non-reappointment, the reappointment notice must be in writing from the Chair. The reappointment will commence retroactive to the first day following completion of the original term of appointment.

In the event of non-reappointment, the Chair will provide written notice.

Promotion – The Chair may, at any time, recommend promotion to the rank of Associate Professor.

2. Associate Professor

Appointment, reappointment and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor in the Clinician and/or Educator Track may be extended to individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in clinical practice and/or education within an academic community, and who possess the ability to integrate teaching and scholarship on an ongoing basis into the practice or learning of medicine and science. Innovative approaches to these endeavors will be considered a plus:

Clinical Care – The candidate must be acknowledged as an excellent clinician in his/her field. An established reputation among physicians both at MSSM and regionally as a resource for truly excellent care can be demonstrated by: awards; invitations to speak on clinical subjects; success in the care of other physicians' patients; general reputation on clinical subjects. An increasing volume of cases should reflect the candidate's expanding referral patterns and broadening catchment area.

Scholarship – Evidence of successful dissemination of scholarly information at the regional and national levels is important. Scholarship can be evidenced by mastery of fields of clinical medicine through continued publication and/or presentation of clinical observations, reviews, analytic studies, textbook chapters, state-of-the-art clinical practice, reviews and/or development of teaching materials, and faculty development. Demonstration of scholarship may also include publications and/or presentations resulting from: research; development of highly innovative clinical programs with leadership in those programs; development or introduction of new methods of delivery of care; development of innovative methods of assessing quality and outcomes; development of new techniques, instruments or procedures; a significant role in clinical trials and/or outcome studies; and/or outcome studies; and leadership roles in clinical teaching. For candidates whose scholarly work is in educational research, original contributions that receive national/international recognition and result in publications in the highest quality journals for educators as well as in invited presentations at premiere professional meetings will be used as criteria.

Education and Mentoring – The candidate should integrate excellent teaching into the clinical practice of medicine or as a central part of his/her duties in a basic science department. Teaching responsibilities and levels of leadership should parallel the growth in clinical or departmental leadership. The candidate should be seen as an excellent teacher in the programs or courses in which he/she participates, as judged by evaluations submitted by trainees and, if teaching is the primary criterion being used for promotion, by submission of a teaching portfolio. Innovation and development of educational programs and grant support for such programs will also be considered. Teaching and/or clinical awards may be used to demonstrate excellence. Serving as a role model and mentoring to students, trainees or junior faculty, is important. The candidate should be able to demonstrate his/her educational contributions through a formal teaching portfolio or publication of peer-reviewed teaching materials. Significant administrative responsibility for a successful student or resident training program and service on national committees or in organizations involved in education of students, residents or fellows will also be highly valued.

Diversity and Inclusion – Candidates are expected to contribute to creating and promoting a diverse and inclusive environment, both within and beyond their home department  This may involve developing and leading programs to increase diversity, introducing innovations that encourage equity and inclusiveness, serving on committees aimed at improving diversity and inclusion, and other strategies. 

Service, Professionalism and Citizenship – Candidates should have a strong record of professionalism and good citizenship. Activities that further the goals of the department, School, member hospital or health system or external organizations may include but are not limited to participation and leadership on committees, and assignment to administrative roles. Similarly, an active role in developing, implementing or evaluating innovative approaches that have a positive impact on the delivery of care or education, whether on an individual, programmatic or institutional level, will be favorably viewed.

Appointment and Term – Appointment and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor is upon recommendation by the Department Chair, with subsequent approval by the Committee on Appointments, Promotions and Tenure. The length of the term of appointment can be one, two, three, four or five years.

Reappointment and Non-Reappointment – In the absence of an employment contract, the Chair will provide notice of reappointment or non-reappointment.

Reappointment at this rank in this track can be for a term of one, two, three, four or five years in length. Reappointment for a term of more than one year requires review and approval by the Office of the Dean. There is no limit on the number of reappointments permitted.

If a decision to reappoint a faculty member is made during a term extension as described in the section on notices of non-reappointment, the reappointment notice must be in writing from the Chair. The reappointment will commence retroactive to the first day following completion of the original term of appointment.

In the event of non-reappointment, the Chair will provide written notice.

Tenure – Under exceptional circumstances, an Associate Professor in the Clinician and/or Educator Track may be considered for tenure. Candidates for tenure must exceed the requirements for appointment or promotion to the rank of associate professor, must demonstrate the ability for continued superior productivity and leadership in their field, as well as demonstrable excellence in the dissemination of knowledge in clinical and educational settings.  

The recommendation of exceptionally qualified faculty for tenure at this rank may be made at any time by the Chair, and requires approval by the Committee on Appointments, Promotions and Tenure.

Promotion – The Chair may, at any time, recommend exceptionally qualified faculty for promotion to the rank of Professor in the Clinician and/or Educator Track.

3. Professor

Appointment, reappointment and promotion to the rank of Professor in the Clinician and/or Educator Track may be extended to individuals who possess a record of outstanding performance as clinicians or teachers and have assumed significant leadership roles in clinical care, teaching and scholarship. Clinicians should be widely recognized at the regional and national levels as important leaders in the organization and delivery of clinical care.

Clinical Care – Candidates may be widely perceived as outstanding Master Clinician role models, actively sought after on an institutional, regional, and national level for their clinical expertise. If their scholarship includes a specific area of clinical care, they should be seen as a resource outside the local region for defining quality and standards of practice within that area, and/or by receiving referrals and consultations from a broad patient base. Recognition at the institutional level as significant leaders within their specific clinical areas, particularly for creating and nurturing a clinical program known widely for innovation and excellence will be given significant weight.

Scholarship – Scholarship can be evidenced by continued publication and presentation of clinical trials results, clinical observations, reviews, analytic studies, textbook chapters, state-of-the-art clinical practice, reviews and/or development of teaching materials, and faculty development. Editing major textbooks and significant journals can also be evidence of scholarship, as can continued publications and presentations outside the local region to include: clinical summaries; standards of care; new innovative teaching methods; program development and/or improvement initiatives; program organization; teaching clinical administration at an outstanding level. A significant role in clinical trials may also be considered. Scholarly contributions through patent applications, patents and commercialization of new procedures, devices or techniques will also be considered, as will development of new programs of clinical care and support of such programs by service or research grants.

Education and Mentoring – Candidates proposed as educators must demonstrate that they are outstanding teachers of the practice of medicine, research and/or clinical administration at all levels or as a central part of their duties in a basic science department. They should serve as role models and mentors to young faculty who are striving to become master clinicians and/or teachers, and who may also be interested in programmatic improvements in the provision of clinical care, e.g., through clinical outcomes studies, patient safety initiatives, quality improvement programs. Candidates should possess uniformly excellent reputations as teachers throughout the institution and the region, as demonstrated by leadership roles in regional and national activities of professional societies. The development of highly innovative curriculum models or teaching programs that have achieved widespread national or international recognition will also be highly weighted. Grant support of such programs will also be considered. Teaching focused on health systems administration, quality improvement and innovation will be considered. Teaching innovative approaches that spur development of new diagnostics, therapeutics, procedures and devices will also be valued.

Diversity and Inclusion – Leadership and innovation in creating and promoting a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment, in the home department, the larger health system, and professional societies will be highly valued. Participating in and leading internal and external task forces, work groups and committees that address diversity, equity and inclusion in all areas, from clinical care to education to research, will all be evidence of furthering institutional goals.

Service, Professionalism and Citizenship – Practicing and modeling professional behavior is essential. Excellence as an administrator of a clinical or teaching program or programs will be valued. Evidence of overseeing, expanding, improving and improving and otherwise enhancing programs will be considered, as will introduction of innovations that enhance the delivery of patient care or student/trainee education. Leadership in internal and external committees will be considered strong evidence of a candidate’s commitment to, and effectiveness, in service.

Appointment and Term – Appointment and promotion to the rank of Professor are upon recommendation by the Department Chair with subsequent approval by the Committee on Appointments, Promotions and Tenure. The term of appointment can be one, two, three, four or five years.

Reappointment and Non-Reappointment – In the absence of an employment contract, the Chair will provide notice of reappointment or non-reappointment.

Reappointment at this rank can be for a term that is one, two three, four or five years in length. Reappointment to a term greater than one year in length requires review and approval by the Office of the Dean. There is no limit on the number of reappointments permitted.

If a decision to reappoint a faculty member is made during a term extension as described in the section on notices of non-reappointment, the reappointment notice must be in writing from the Chair. The reappointment will commence retroactive to the first day following completion of the original term of appointment.

In the event of non-reappointment, the Chair will provide written notice. The timing of notices of non-reappointment to the full-time faculty is determined by the length of the term of appointment.

Tenure – A candidate may be considered for tenure at the time of appointment or promotion to Professor, or at any time during his/her term of appointment at this rank. 

Candidates for tenure must exceed the requirements for appointment or promotion to the rank of professor and must have a record of sustained accomplishment. They must further demonstrate the ability for continued superior productivity and leadership in their field, as well as demonstrable excellence in the dissemination of knowledge in clinical and educational settings.