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Instructor / Lecturer

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There are several additional positions for those that contribute to YSM in additional ways that are delineated below.

Instructor of Clinical [field]

Individuals with a MD or other terminal clinical degree who have completed clinical training and who are employed by Yale to provide clinical services are eligible for this title. Instructors of clinical [field] must have a demonstrated level of clinical skill commensurate with the requirements of the clinical practice specialty for which they are being appointed. They must also satisfy other clinical practice requirements of the department as set forth in the offer letter. These faculty are eligible for benefits, as set forth in Section XVII.D of the Yale University Faculty Handbook.

Appointments are made for up to five years and are renewable. They may be renewed based on a number of factors, including the continued need for the position, the availability of resources for the position, and the clinical productivity and performance of the individual.


This rank is available:

  • for individuals who have recently completed professional training and who wish to embark on a full-time academic career. The appointment is made for a maximum of three one-year terms;
  • for trainees in clinical fellowship programs who are qualified by prior training to provide independent clinical services and serve as teachers in fields of medicine. For such individuals the term of appointment is a one-year secondary appointment that may be renewed for the length of the fellowship. The years served as a secondary appointment instructor are not included in the total number of years available as a primary appointment instructor; and
  • with prior approval by the dean and the provost, for certain categories of non-physician providers who are qualified to provide independent clinical services and serve as teachers in fields of medicine. For such individuals, the appointment is made for one-year renewable terms with no limit on the number of terms.


A lecturer must make contributions to the academic program through approved educational activities. Appointments at this rank are normally on a one-year basis.