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Clinician Educator-Scholar Track

The Clinician-Educator track emphasizes excellence in patient care, education, and research scholarship.


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Candidates for appointment to the Clinician Educator-Scholar track will hold a MD, PhD, or equivalent and have completed appropriate postdoctoral training. From a clinical perspective, Clinician Educator-Scholar track faculty have exemplary clinical skills. They support the clinical mission of Yale School of Medicine and may be a part of an innovative program or specific service.

These faculty are clinical educators who exemplify outstanding teaching, mentoring, leadership, and/or role modeling. They may be engaged in didactics as a course director or seminar leader and are exemplary educators in small group or individual supervision.

Additionally, these faculty drive, integrate, and innovate research on projects in their areas that complement their clinical practice. Faculty often function as integral members of a collaborative team as a clinical or educational expert, but have recognized creative individual accomplishments. A wide array of scholarship is recognized, including peer-reviewed journal articles, books, chapters, reviews, guideline development, case studies, and products that are peer reviewed and disseminated, e.g. web-based curricula or educational presentations that have been disseminated and exist in a public domain beyond the period in which they were presented.

Typically, faculty on this track direct ≥50% of their effort toward clinical, educational, and administrative activities (usually 80% as an assistant professor). Complementing this, 20% of effort is typically allocated to research or scholarly activities that are related to clinical or educational expertise. Support for salary and professional activities is expected to come predominantly from the faculty member's clinical practice, supplemented as appropriate from department funds. Individuals who will contribute to graduate education and who hold a primary or secondary appointment in a basic science or bridge department are eligible for appointment in the Graduate School.



Candidates for appointment or promotion to the rank of professor on the Clinician Educator-Scholar track should be national or international leaders in their field. This should be evidenced by scholarship that has had a national impact on clinical medicine or education, as well as sustained excellence in patient care and teaching.

The strength of commitment conferred by appointment to the rank of professor mandates that candidates in this track have attained the same level of achievement in their domains as candidates for professor in the other faculty tracks. Mentorship of junior faculty is expected.


Appointment to this rank is on a continuing basis, without term.

Appointment to this rank requires:

Promotion to this rank requires:

Continuing appointment at this rank is contingent upon continued productivity and funding, which are reviewed annually by the department. If either is found unsatisfactory for three years in any five-year period, as determined by the department and the office of the dean, the appointment reverts to a term appointment that expires at the end of two additional years and reappointment information becomes relevant.