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Faculty Tracks, Ranks, & Positions

The faculty of the School of Medicine together are responsible for advancing the clinical, educational, and research missions of the School. The faculty tracks and ranks recognize the different levels of experience, expertise, and accomplishments in each of these domains. For each of the tracks, ranks, and positions, please consult the Yale University Faculty Handbook for details and official policies. RANKS AND TRACKS OVERVIEW VIDEO

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Ladder Tracks and Ranks

The professoriate of YSM hold appointments in one of five ladder tracks that have varying emphasis on clinical, educational, and research activities. A summary that represents key YSM Ladder Faculty Track Metrics has been developed for reference. This information is reflected in the sections below. TRACK AND RANK EXPECTATION VIDEO

In general, appointment to or advancement on these tracks beyond the rank of assistant professor requires excellence in one or more domains. Regional/emerging national and eventually national/international recognition for contributions and impact on the field are associated with advancement.


  • The Clinical track emphasizes excellence in patient care, education as trainees are available, and research as a possibility.
  • The Clinician-Educator track emphasizes excellence in patient care, education, and research scholarship.
  • The Clinician-Scientist track emphasizes research scholarship with additional focuses on clinical care and education.
  • The Investigator track emphasize excellence in individual and team science.
  • The Traditional track emphasizes driving new areas of research as well as being outstanding educators and, if engaged in patient care, exemplary clinical skills.