Neurosciences Faculty Mentor Program

Clinical Faculty Promotion Guidelines

1. Please refer to the College of Medicine’s promotion guidelines for a general outline of requirements for promotion. More specific guidelines for the Department of Neurosciences are included in this document.

2. The Department of Neurosciences recognizes two different career tracks for clinical faculty: Academic Clinicians (AC) and Clinician Educators (CE).

AC: This track is designed to recognize clinical faculty with a strong commitment to either basic or clinical research along with delivery of excellent patient care. Research is of paramount importance in this track. The quality of the research will be judged by multiple criteria (as outlined under #5) including the physician’s role as a project initiator or participant in well focused research projects, presentations at scientific meetings, publications in peer-reviewed journals, and research funding. The AC faculty member is usually actively involved in patient care (with less time commitment than the CE); usually as a subspecialist expert in a given field, and will be evaluated for this as part of the promotion process. The balance between time spent in clinical activities and research will vary from individual to individual and the evaluation process will take the time allocation of the applicant into account when weighing the various accomplishments. The AC is also expected to be involved in educational activities related to their discipline; usually with a smaller time commitment compared to the CE given their time spent in research activities.

CE: This track recognizes clinicians who carry a heavy clinical load and are intimately involved in educational activities. These faculty are not expected to be the principal investigator on research grants for advancement, but should serve the general research mission of the department and serve as collaborators in clinical trials. Publications are expected, but these may take the form of book chapters, case reports, or publications relating to teaching methods or clinical care. The CE is a recognized clinical expert within his general or subspecialty field, as documented in peer review letters. Teaching is an integral part of this track, and excellence in teaching will be a more important consideration compared to the AC track (e.g. course leadership, curriculum design, residency directorship).

3. Academic Clinicians (AC) and Clinician Educators (CE) will be evaluated in the following 4 domains:

1. Research

2. Teaching

3. Clinical Work

4. Service to the Department/the University

The promotion guidelines contain different criteria in each domain for the different faculty tracks (AC versus CE). The categories below lay out the various potential merits/accomplishments that will be looked for in the faculty member’s application for promotion (general categories).


Research

1. Applicants will be evaluated for the following accomplishments (please refer to Table for specific requirements according to faculty track)

2. Faculty member pursues independent research funding

3. Faculty member obtains independent research funding (RO1, Merit award, or equivalent)

4. Faculty member obtains funding for site initiated projects (high impact factor)

5. Faculty member obtains funding as a collaborator in multicenter trial (lower impact factor)

6. Faculty member is co-investigator on a study

7. Success in attracting and conducting pharmaceutical clinical trials

8. Number of publications in peer-reviewed journals (life-time and since last promotion). Strive for publications in highly regarded journals such as Annals of Neurology, Archives of Neurology, Neurology, and appropriate sub-specialty journals.

9. Number of abstracts, book chapters, case reports and review articles

10. Number of presentations given at scientific meetings

11. Membership on editorial boards and grant review committees

Teaching (please refer to Tablefor specific requirements according to faculty track)

1. Established quality teaching obligations

2. Favorable reviews from students, residents, and faculty

3. Number of teaching functions

4. Teaching awards

5. Publication of textbook, book chapters, review articles

6. Course director/instructor at national/regional meetings

7. Course materials developed by the candidate (e.g. syllabi, handouts)

8. Educational speaking activities in the community

9. Supervision of student/resident research projects

10. Advisor for students/residents

11. Participation in thesis committees/teaching committees 

Clinical Work (please refer to Tablefor specific requirements according to faculty track)

1. Active participation in clinical activities

2. Favorable peer and chair reviews regarding quality of clinical work

3. Departmental, University and Community reputation as an excellent clinician 

4. Regional, state, or national reputation for expertise in a particular disease/group of patients

5. Specialty/ sub-specialty Board certification (Associate Professor: Requirement to have passed written boards and be eligible for oral boards/there are potential scheduling conflicts with oral boards that may make it impossible for the candidate to schedule oral boards in a timely manner. Full Professor: Full board certification required)

6. Publications on clinical care issues

7. Presenting workshops on diagnosis and treatment

Service to the Department/the University

1. Service on departmental or University committees

2. Course directorship

3. Program development

The standard for promotion for the individual faculty member who is 50:50 research/clinical on the academic clinician track or clinician educator track is outlined in the table below.

Table: Promotion guidelines for Academic Clinicians and Clinician Educators

R= Required
S= Suggested

Associate Professor

Faculty RankAcademic ClinicianClinician Educator
Pursuit of research fundingRR
One research grant awardedR
Collaborator in multicenter trialsSS
Co-Investigator on funded projectSS
Total # of peer reviewed publications> 7> 4
Publication of reviews, case reports, textbook chaptersRR
Annual presentation at scientific meetingsRS
Participation in teachingRR
Developed course materialSR
Educational speaking activities, incl. Grand RoundsRR
Participation in clinical activitiesRR
Reputation as excellent clinician: 2 peer review lettersRR
Board certificationS1S1
Service on departmental/university committeesSS

S1: Requirement to have passed written boards and be eligible for oral boards


Table: Promotion guidelines for Academic Clinicians and Clinician Educators

R= Required
S= Suggested

Full Professor

Faculty RankAcademic ClinicianClinician Educator
Pursuit of research fundingRR
One research grant awardedRS
Collaborator in multicenter trialsRS
Co-Investigator on funded projectRR
Total # of peer reviewed publications> 10> 4
Publication of reviews, case reports, textbook chaptersRR
Annual presentation at scientific meetingsRS
Participation in teachingRR
Developed course materialSR
Educational speaking activities, incl. Grand RoundsRR
Participation in clinical activitiesRR
Reputation as excellent clinician: 2 peer review lettersRR
Board certificationRR
Service on departmental/university committeesRR
 
 
 

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