Clinical Track

Background

Physician with young patient

The Clinical Track began in 1986 and actively contributes to the clinical and teaching missions of the Medical School, as well as scholarship and administration. The ranks are instructor through professor. Although there is no mandated ascension in rank, ascent to senior level titles requires scholarly engagement and productivity, as well as excellence in health care and teaching.

The Clinical Track is unique because faculty members on this track have very different jobs with a varying degree of involvement in clinical care, teaching, research and service.

Major Activities

  • Clinical Care
  • Teaching
  • Scholarship
  • Service

The clinical track is unique because faculty members on this track have very different jobs with a varying degree of involvement in clinical care, teaching, research and service.

Aspects of Clinical Track Faculty Work

  • Some clinician educators have an emphasis on teaching, and may also take a role in administration (e.g. Residency Directors or Medical Student Directors).
  • Some Clinical Track faculty have grant funding and spend most of their time in research, where they also teach and mentor.
  • Some Clinical Track faculty oversee key administrative functions, e.g. division directors or those who run clinical programs in conjunction with providing care.

Clinical Pathways and Guiding Principles

The University of Michigan Medical School strives to be one faculty dedicated to our missions using guiding principles of teamwork, integrity, caring and innovation to achieve excellence in all that we do.

Respecting and valuing the contributions of all faculty members is a central cultural value along with recognizing that all contributions are important to achieving our clinical, research and teaching missions.

Every faculty member should have a career development plan and associated mentoring that is reviewed and updated during their annual evaluations.

Promotions should signify that a faculty member has made important contributions to their field and profession. The rigor of the process reflects the strength of the institution.

Promotion criteria should be consistent, with recognized and respected standards (e.g., national contribution and reputation for Clinical Professors, regional contribution and reputation for Clinical Associate Professors).

As a part of the University of Michigan, the Medical School will continue to use a single “clinical track” but will recognize that there are multiple pathways for promotion possible within this track. Pathway identification will serve to facilitate faculty progress towards promotion and may be identified in the promotion materials to assist in the evaluation of the faculty member.