Pediatric Faculty Development

The Pediatric Faculty Development Group is a resource for our faculty.

Our overall goals are to:

  • Assist faculty to navigate the promotions process
  • Enhance academic development of faculty through mentorship
  • Define resources required for career development
  • Identify and encourage trainees who are potential faculty candidates

Develop departmental guidelines for promotion in each of the faculty tracks: Traditional Track; Clinician-Scholar Track; Clinician-Educator Track; Investigator Track

  • For faculty - define expectations
  • For Appointments & Promotions Committee - provide a consistent set of guidelines for deliberations
  • For mentors - provide a basis for informed counseling
  • Identify Time Lines for career development in each track.
  • Provide periodic career counseling for junior faculty.
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Issues include the initial resources which every member of the faculty should have available to them no matter which faculty track (Clinician Scholar or Clinician Educator) they are likely to pursue and ongoing support for travel and education for faculty on the Clinician-Educator track.

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The Pediatric Faculty Development Group will provide an important resource, but not the exclusive resource, for mentoring members of the faculty. A mentor or mentors will be identified for every faculty member who does not have a continuing appointment. If the designated mentor is not a member of the Department, the section chief, or another member of the section, should serve as an additional mentor.

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Promotion Criteria

Associate Professor

  • Consistent, ongoing record of high quality original papers in leading journals in the field 
  • Publications should be hypothesis testing or epidemiologic in nature as opposed to experiential or descriptive 
  • Must have a substantive role in the papers (if not first or last author, role should be documented in annotated bibliography). 
  • Productivity should be of the order of 3-6 papers a year and consistent with the expectation of funding agencies 
  • The quality and the impact factor of the journals and the impact of the papers within a well defined area of investigation will be considered. 
  • There should be a discernable focus of investigation, clear evidence of independence as an investigator and a clearly defined theme.
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This decision, which is a permanent commitment, is based on past scholarly achievement , future potential of the faculty member, and the needs of the Department and School.

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The initial appointment as Associate Professor on this track is for a maximum of 5 years. No one may be appointed at the combined ranks of Assistant and Associate Professor on term for longer than 10 years. This includes full time teaching at other institutions - which counts for a maximum of 3 years. (Exceptions may be made for leaves of absence for public service, child rearing, or medical disability, or part time appointments).

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  • Invited presentations at regional or national meetings 
  • Editorial board of journals 
  • Officer/member of council of subspecialty organization 
  • Permanent or ad hoc member of NIH study section or other national review panel (e.g. VA, MOD, AHA) 
  • Demonstrated excellence as teacher 
  • Respected as a teacher - as evidenced by evaluations from: 
  • medical students 
  • housestaff and fellows 
  • peers (faculty to obtain evaluations from lectures, courses, seminars) 
  • Active and willing participant in teaching activities of Department 
  • Supervised and mentored theses and research of medical students, residents and fellows 
  • A record of training and mentoring post-doctoral fellows who have achieved academic success. 
  • Achievements and promise as teachers and scholars should be strong enough to suggest that they will be qualified for appointment to tenure within 4 to 5 years.
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  • Should be PI on grants from national organizations. Generally, one or two NIH R01 or equivalent grants are required. 
  • There should be significant salary support on the grants. The proportion of salary that is grant supported may vary from section to section and will be determined by the section chief and chair. 
  • Grant funding should support the lab supplies, technical help, data gathering and other costs of the research. 
  • Funding should extend through the first 2 years of the proposed appointment
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  • Candidates must have produced a significant body of scholarship, must be able teachers and, if clinicians, must be accomplished in their clinical fields.
  • They must be rising toward national and international leadership in their fields.
  • There must be clear evidence that academic growth will continue, with the expectation that their value to the institution and their national and international standing will make them suitable candidates for promotion to Professor within a reasonable period of time.
  • A primary requirement is evidence of a widely recognized and significant impact on a well defined area of investigation.

As is required for Associate Professor on term, there must be evidence that research publications and productivity, research funding, and scientific recognition will continue through the appointment as Associate Professor with tenure. Criteria for this will include: First or senior authored publications in outstanding research journals; continued funding from national research organizations; invited presentations at national or international meetings; national leadership positions in the area of scholarship (e.g. service on study sections of national research organizations; member of editorial board of journals; officer or member of council of subspecialty organizations).

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Associate Professor with Tenure

  • Candidates must have produced a significant body of scholarship, must be able teachers and, if clinicians, must be accomplished in their clinical fields.
  • They must be rising toward national and international leadership in their fields.
  • There must be clear evidence that academic growth will continue, with the expectation that their value to the institution and their national and international standing will make them suitable candidates for promotion to Professor within a reasonable period of time.
  • A primary requirement is evidence of a widely recognized and significant impact on a well defined area of investigation.

As is required for Associate Professor on term, there must be evidence that research publications and productivity, research funding, and scientific recognition will continue through the appointment as Associate Professor with tenure. Criteria for this will include: First or senior authored publications in outstanding research journals; continued funding from national research organizations; invited presentations at national or international meetings; national leadership positions in the area of scholarship (e.g. service on study sections of national research organizations; member of editorial board of journals; officer or member of council of subspecialty organizations).

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Professor

Publications 

  • Sustained record of outstanding original papers in major journals 
  • Identifiable papers that have substantially advanced the field 
  • Acknowledged as leader of research team 
  • The quality and the impact factor of the papers will be considered 
  • Publication of chapters in highly regarded textbooks 

Funding 

  • Should have record of sustained grant funding from national organizations 
  • There should be significant salary support on the grants. 
  • The proportion of salary that is grant supported may vary from section to section and will be determined by the section chief and chair. 
  • Grant funding should support the lab supplies, technical help, data gathering and other costs of the research 
  • Funding should extend through the first 2 years of the proposed appointment.
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Respected as exemplary teacher - as evidenced by evaluations from: 
  • medical students 
  • housestaff and fellows
  • peers 
  • Active and willing participant in teaching activities of Department. Record of attracting and training academically successful postdoctoral fellows and/or junior faculty
    • awards to trainees 
    • sponsor of trainee research grants 
    • publications by trainees
    • director of training grant
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  • Invited presentations at national or international meetings 
  • Editorial board of journals
  • Member of national specialty board 
  • Officer/member of council of subspecialty organization 
  • Permanent or ad hoc member of NIH study section or other national review panel (e.g. VA, MOD, AHA)
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Associate Professor

Respected as a teacher - as evidenced by evaluations from: 

  • medical students 
  • housestaff & fellows 
  • peers (faculty to obtain evaluations from lectures, courses, seminars) 
  • Active and willing participant in teaching activities of Department 
  • Supervised and mentored theses and research of medical students, residents and fellows
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Active in patient care - at least 20% of time in clinical activities Highly regarded as clinician - as evidenced by: 

  • peer review by faculty 
  • input from community physicians 
  • input from physicians in other departments 
  • outside letters at time of review
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Publications 

  • Consistent, ongoing record of high quality original papers in leading journals in the field Publications should be hypothesis testing or epidemiologic in nature as opposed to experiential or descriptive. 
  • Must have a substantive role in the papers (if not first or last author, role should be documented in annotated bibliography). 
  • Productivity should be of the order of 1-3 papers a year and consistent with the expectation of funding agencies. 
  • The quality and the impact factor of the journals and the impact of the papers will be considered. 
  • There should be a well-defined focus of investigation and evidence of emerging independence as an investigator. 
  • Review articles should be invited reviews in leading journals or invited chapters in major texts. 

Funding 

  • Should be PI on a grant or grants from national organizations. 
  • There should be significant salary support on the grants. The proportion of salary that is grant supported may vary from section to section and will be determined by the section chief and chair. 
  • Grant funding should support the lab supplies, technical help, data gathering and other costs of the research. 
  • Funding should extend through the first 2 years of the proposed appointment.
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These should be invited presentations at national or regional meetings or Major presentations at non Yale-affiliated hospitals, or other medical schools.

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Professor

  • Sustained excellence in patient care - at least 20% of time in clinical activities 
  • Highly regarded as clinician as evidenced by: 
    • peer review by faculty
    • input from community physicians 
    • input from physicians in other departments 
    • outside letters at time of review
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Respected as exemplary teacher - as evidenced by evaluations from: 

  • medical students 
  • housestaff and fellows 
  • peers (faculty to obtain evaluations from lectures, courses, seminars)
  • Active and willing participant in teaching activities of Department Record of attracting and training academically successful postdoctoral fellows and/or junior faculty 
  • awards to trainees 
  • sponsor of trainee research grants 
  • publications by trainees 
  • director of training grant 

“Outstanding nationally or internationally recognized scholarship which has substantially advanced the field”

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  • Sustained record of high quality original papers in leading journals Identifiable papers that have substantially advanced the field 
  • Acknowledged as leader of research team 
  • The quality and the impact factor of the papers will be considered 
  • Publication of chapters in highly regarded textbooks
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  • Should have record of sustained grant funding from national organizations. 
  • There should be significant salary support on the grants. The proportion of salary that is grant supported may vary from section to section and will be determined by the section chief and chair. 
  • Grant funding should support the lab supplies, technical help, data gathering and other costs of the research. 
  • Funding should extend through the first 2 years of the proposed appointment.
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  • Invited presentations at national or international meetings 
  • Editorial board of journals 
  • Member of national specialty board 
  • Officer/member of council of subspecialty organization 
  • Permanent or ad hoc member of NIH study section or other national review panel (e.g. VA, MOD, AHA)
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Associate Professor

Evidence of unique skills: 

  • locally and regionally distinctive 
  • broad geographic referral base 
  • development of novel approaches or techniques 
  • Evidence of excellence in practice 
  • active referral practice 
  • local and regional demand for services
  • Primary responsibility for developing a new program that attracts patients, meets focused educational objectives, and is sustainable. 

“Exemplary teachers and active contributors to the educational mission of the School”

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Local reputation as excellent teacher of students, residents, fellows, community pediatricians, or patients and families. 

Evidence includes: 

  • annual evaluations by trainees, written evaluations after lectures 
  • teaching awards 
  • Extensive participation in extramural courses and symposia 
  • Participation in national symposia 

“Participation in research and scholarly activities”

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Scholarship should be: 

  • subjected to peer review to determine quality, impact and excellence 
  • presented in the public domain 
  • built on a platform of knowledge
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  • Development of novel tools related to education (e.g. electronic media) 
  • Scholarship related to educational methodology 
  • Funding of area of scholarship 
  • Publication of chapters in highly regarded textbooks 
  • Publication of reviews in recognized journals 
  • Reviewer for medical journals 
  • Elected membership in medical, scientific, or educational society
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  • Local program development 
  • Significant role in intramural course, clerkship, or residency/fellowship program 
  • Development of local curriculum, e.g. new electives or teaching sites for residents, third year clerkship, physicians' assistant program, course at another Yale professional school, participation in Department or School curriculum committees 
  • Health related community education project 
  • Enhancing teaching skills of faculty 
  • Developing tools to evaluate faculty teaching 
  • Criteria by which programs will be evaluated include: Clear goals which are in alignment with Departmental teaching mission, content and methods, dissemination, feasibility, sustainability, results and outcomes measures.
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  • Publication of peer reviewed research 
  • Participation in or contribution to clinical trials
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  • Regional or national leadership 
  • regional or national role in curriculum development 
  • service on educational or scientific committees 
  • Active participation in national medical societies/organizations 
  • Role in national specialty board
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Professor

  • Recognition as master clinician, distinguishable from majority of peers, locally and regionally 
  • Identifiable unique area of clinical expertise: 
    • regionally or nationally distinctive 
    • sustained broad geographic referral base 
    • development of novel approaches, techniques, or services 
  • Evidence of excellence in practice: 
    • extensive referral practice 
    • regional or national demand for services 
    • Director of new program, or enhancement of existing program 
    • Establishment of services critically dependent on a specific faculty member
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Continuing record as outstanding teacher of students, residents, fellows, community pediatricians patients, or families. Evidence includes: 

  • annual evaluations by trainees 
  • written evaluations after lectures 
  • teaching awards 
  • career development of former trainees 
  • Participation in national or international courses, symposia, named lectureships as meeting chair, symposium organizer, or invited lecturer
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Local program development: 

  • director of intramural course, clerkship, or residency/fellowship program 
  • sustained leadership role in development of local curriculum 
  • National program development 
  • participation in symposia or conferences of national organizations as meeting chair, symposium organizer, or invited lecturer 

“Scholarship that has had a national impact on clinical medicine or teaching”

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  • Development of nationally recognized novel tools related to education 
  • Outstanding scholarship related to educational methodology, informatics, or clinical practice 
  • Grant support in area of scholarship 
  • Editor of textbook 
  • Publication of chapters in highly regarded textbooks 
  • Publication of reviews in recognized journals 
  • Member of editorial board of journal 
  • Elected officer of, or recipient of award from, highly regarded medical, scientific, or educational society 
  • Invited presentations at premier professional meetings 
  • Sustained excellence in dissemination of new or state of the art knowledge
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  • Publication of peer reviewed research, or original contributions that receive national/international recognition 
  • Principal Investigator or leadership role in clinical trials
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National leadership: 

  • national role in curriculum development 
  • member of national specialty board 
  • officer/member of council of subspecialty organization 
  • sustained record of effective leadership in policy making or administrative activities
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