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Employment Opportunities:
Faculty Career Pathways

Faculty represent three career pathways: Clinician Clinician, Clinician Educator and Clinician Scientist. Clinical faculty belong to the medical group practice "University of Washington Physicians" (UWP), representing 800 physicians in 18 major specialties and approximately 40 subspecialties.

The Basics

Note:  these are not the full guidelines for faculty appointments, but are merely highlighted excerpts.

The Department of Anesthesiology offers three pathways for faculty:  Clinician Clinician, Clinician Educator and Clinician Scientist.  Entry into any of these three pathways will normally be at the Acting Assistant Professor Level.  Faculty positions at the Acting level are annual appointments, subject to annual renewal for a maximum of four years.

The total number of Clinician Clinician faculty whose primary assignment is in core facilities (defined as the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC), UWMC/Roosevelt, Harborview Medical Center, Children's Medical Center and Veterans' Affairs Medical Center) is limited by School of Medicine policy to 25% of the total number of regular departmental faculty. 

Promotion within any pathway will be based on evidence of continued professional development in the focus area(s) of that pathway.  Promotion is generally warranted on the basis of regional or national recognition for achievement in clinical care, teaching, administration and research.

Clinician Clinician Pathway

This pathway has a predominant emphasis upon the provision of clinical care and clinical teaching in the clinical environment, without the requirement of documenting scholarly activity by authoring scholarly works.

Time

  • 90% time commitment to clinical practice by Assistant Professors at one of the University's major affiliated teaching sites
  • 10% baseline nonclinical time; nonclinical time in excess of 10% will be awarded at the discretion of the Chair, Hospital Chief and Executive Committee.
  • 23 working days vacation per year
  • 5 working days per year of time to attend meetings as a non-presentor (subject to approval by the Hospital Chief of Clinical Anesthesia Services)

Promotion

  • Clinical care abilities are at the 70th percentile for all faculty in the Department
  • Competence in clinical teaching is essential to promotion
    • Clinical teaching abilities are at the 50th percentile for all faculty in the Department
    • Teaching abilities and performance in circumstances other than clinical care should be considered, but should not be regarded as essential
  • Administrative leadership is desirable, but not essential
    • Administrative involvement should predominantly be in the clinical arena.
    • Administrative leadership in clinical teaching is helpful but not essential
    • Administrative leadership in clinical care is desirable but not essential
  • Some evidence of scholarly contribution is desirable
    • Participation in and contribution to clinical research is expected if opportunities present.

Clinician Educator Pathway

This pathway has a predominant emphasis upon the provision of clinical teaching and administration in the clinical environment.

Time

  • 80% time commitment to clinical practice at one of the University's major affiliated teaching sites
  • 10-20% more nonclinical time may be granted for ongoing research projects, with the actual amount of time at the discretion of the Chair and Executive Committee with consultation from the Research Committee if necessary
  • Up to 10% more nonclinical time may be allowed for major departmental commitments
  • 5% more nonclinical time may be allowed for major extra-departmental commitments (national, medical school, community)
  • 40% ceiling for nonclinical times
  • Nonclinical times in excess of 40% will be awarded at the discretion of the Chair, Hospital Chief of Clinical Anesthesia Service, and Executive Committee.  Generally, nonclinical time in excess of 40% requires some source of outside funding.
  • 23 working days vacation per year
  • Time to attend meetings comes from nonclinical time and must be approved by the Chair and the Hospital Chief

Promotion

  • Clinical care abilities are at the 50th percentile for all faculty in the Department
  • Excellence in clinical teaching is essential to promotion
    • Clinical teaching abilities are at the 70th percentile for all faculty in the Department
    • Teaching abilities and performance in circumstances other than clinical care is essential
  • Administrative leadership is desirable, but not essential
    • Administrative involvement should predominantly be in the clinical arena.
    • Administrative leadership in clinical teaching is strongly encouraged
    • Administrative leadership in clinical care is desirable but not essential
  • Evidence of scholarly contribution is essential
    • Participation in and contribution to clinical research resulting in first authorship or coauthorship is expected
    • Around 15 scholarly works for promotion to Associate Professor
    • 30 scholarly works or more for promotion to Professor
    • Performance in writing grants and getting research funds is helpful, but not expected

Clinician Scientist

This pathway has a predominant emphasis upon scholarly contribution.

Time

  • 70% time commitment to clinical practice by Assistant Professors at one of the University's major affiliated teaching sites
  • 80% time commitment to clinical practice by Associate Professors and Professors at one of the University's major affiliated teaching sites
  • 10-20% more nonclinical time may be granted for ongoing research projects, with the actual amount of time at the discretion of the Chair and Executive Committee with consultation from the Research Committee if necessary
  • Up to 10% more nonclinical time may be allowed for major departmental commitments
  • 5% more nonclinical time may be allowed for major extra-departmental commitments (national, medical school, community)
  • 40% ceiling for nonclinical times
  • Nonclinical times in excess of 40% will be awarded at the discretion of the Chair, Hospital Chief of Clinical Anesthesia Service, and Executive Committee.  Generally, nonclinical time in excess of 40% requires some source of outside funding.
  • Nonclinical time in excess of 50% is dependent on outside salary support.
  • 23 working days vacation per year
  • Time to attend meetings comes from nonclinical time and must be approved by the Chair and the Hospital Chief

Promotion

  • Clinical care abilities are at a satisfactory performance level
  • Excellence in clinical teaching is important to promotion
    • Clinical teaching abilities are at a satisfactory performance level
    • The teaching focus is both clinical and "basic science"
  • Administrative leadership is helpful, but not essential
    • Administrative involvement should predominantly be in the research arena.
    • Administrative leadership in clinical teaching is helpful, but not essential
    • Administrative leadership in clinical care is desirable but not essential
  • Evidence of scholarly contribution is essential
    • Participation in and contribution to clinical research resulting in first authorship or coauthorship is essential
    • Around 15 scholarly works for promotion to Associate Professor
    • 30 scholarly works or more for promotion to Professor
    • Performance in writing grants and getting research funds is also essential