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Academic Clinician Track

The Academic Clinician track emphasizes excellence in patient care, education as trainees are available, and research as a possibility.
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The Academic Clinician track was developed to highlight YSM faculty who provide exemplary clinical skills and clinical leadership. Candidates for this track should hold an MD, PhD, or equivalent, and have completed appropriate postdoctoral training. Faculty in this track play an integral role in their department's clinical programs. Typically, greater than 90% of effort allocation for faculty on this track is related to clinical care or leadership.

Educational activities are expected if the faculty’s sites of practice have contact with trainees and are typically related to clinical teaching and supervision, rather than didactics. Clinical track faculty are expected to be role models of clinical excellence.

Scholarship is not required for advancement on this track. Faculty may be contributors or collaborators on research studies, particularly with research in the clinical setting. Opportunities for research include clinical trials, collaborative efforts, case studies, or descriptions of clinical services or procedures.

Appointments in this track can be on a full- or part-time basis, and there is the expectation of maintaining clinical practice credentials. Appointments 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 excellence and productivity of the individual.

Assistant Professor


Candidates for appointment to the rank of assistant professor on the Academic Clinician track will be expected to demonstrate a level of clinical skill and excellence commensurate with the requirements of the clinical specialty for which they are being appointed. They must demonstrate ongoing professionalism and satisfy the clinical practice requirements of their department and YSM.

Faculty at this rank may also participate in teaching and research/scholarly activities; this participation will most frequently occur in the context of their practice. Cultivation of relationships with mentors is encouraged.

It is expected that faculty will be clinically busy and recommended that they keep their desired career trajectory in mind. Reappointment to this rank requires demonstration of ongoing clinical excellence and teaching as applicable. Promotion to associate professor is contingent on advancing to the metrics defined for that rank.


Terms for this track/rank are for up to three years and renewable without limit.

Appointment to assistant professor in this track does NOT require presentation to a YSM A&P Committee or the BPO.

Appointment to this rank requires:

Reappointment information is summarized on a different webpage, and reappointment to this track/rank requires: