Clinician Investigator

Clinician Investigator

Criteria for appointment, promotion, and the award of tenure; tenure-eligible

Assistant Professor

A doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent) with successful completion of a post graduate training  program; AMBS board certification or board eligibility in a clinical discipline or the equivalent for non-MD specialties.  Time allocation:  a major commitment to research, represented by 50-80% protected time for research plus 20-50% allocated to teaching and/or clinical care.

Associate Professor

ABMS Board certification, or equivalent for non-MD specialties, is required

Documented excellence in research: Independent and original investigation recognized by scientific peers and by external funding of investigator-initiated hypothesis-oriented, nationally peer-reviewed research projects.  Specific examples include NIH-K08, NIH-R01, AHA, ACS, NSF.

Scholarship: Publication, preferably as first or corresponding author, of original, substantive work in peer reviewed journals.

Reputation: Local and regional recognition for research contributions supported by letters from internal and external referees.

The Award of Tenure

Documented excellence in research plus a second domain.

  • Research: Independent and original investigation recognized by scientific peers; as evidenced by sustained external funding of investigator-initiated hypothesis-oriented, nationally peer-reviewed research projects as evidenced by an NIH-R0-1 or equivalent (AHA, ACS, NSF).
  • Patient care: Clinical skills, clinical innovations, clinical research and/or programs that are locally and/or regionally distinctive; programs that measurably improve patient outcomes.
  • Education:  Excellence in training, teaching, and advising of undergraduate, medical and graduate students, residents, clinical and postdoctoral research fellows, and colleagues; as evidenced by recognition through the Academy of Distinguished Educators, formal awards, peer review, local and regional invited lectures.

Scholarship: Sustained publication, preferably as first or corresponding author, of substantive, original studies in peer reviewed journals of high impact.

Reputation: Emerging national reputation for research contributions as a physician scientist supported by letters from external referees.  Service on study sections, editorial boards, and national societies.

Professor

Sustained excellence in research plus a second domain.

  • Research: Independent and original investigation recognized by scientific peers and sustained external funding  of investigator-initiated, hypothesis oriented, nationally peer-reviewed research projects (NIH, AHA, ACS, NSF).
  • Patient care:  Clinical skills, clinical innovations, clinical research and/or programs that are locally and/or regionally distinctive; programs that measurably improve patient outcomes.
  • Education:  Evidence of continued excellence in training, teaching, and advising of undergraduate, medical and graduate students, residents, clinical and postdoctoral research fellows, and colleagues; by the Academy of Distinguished Educators, formal awards, local and regional invited lectures, and participation in symposia, professional society programs and CME courses.

Scholarship: Sustained publication, preferably as first or senior author, of substantive, original studies in peer reviewed journals.  Authorship of textbooks and monographs.

Reputation: National and international reputation as physician scientist recognized by study sections, editorial boards, named lectureships, professional societies and governing boards and letters from external referees.