Clinical Faculty Appointment Information

Following is the criteria for appointment to the clinical faculty for volunteer and UW Medicine Employed clinical faculty.

Downloadable Criteria for Appointment and Promotion: Volunteer Clinical Faculty

Downloadable Criteria for Appointment and Promotion: UW-Employed Clinical Faculty

GENERAL CRITERIA FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON FACULTY CODE
A clinical appointment in the appropriate rank is usually made to a person who holds a primary appointment with an outside agency or non-academic unit of the University, or who is in private practice. Clinical faculty make substantial contributions to University programs through their expertise, interest and motivation to work with the faculty in preparing and assisting with the instruction of students in practicum settings. Clinical appointments are annual; the question of their renewal shall be considered each year by the faculty of the department (or undepartmentalized college or school) in which they are held.

SCHOOL OF MEDICINE CRITERIA
Clinical faculty appointments are renewed annually as provided in the Faculty Code, on the basis of continued involvement in the academic mission of the relevant departments of the School of Medicine, including teaching, research, patient care, or administration related to the relevant department's missions. At the time of initial appointment, the specific scope of responsibilities will be established by mutual agreement between the clinical faculty member and the department. These mutually agreed upon responsibilities will be reviewed annually and, if necessary, updated to form the basis for renewal or non-renewal of the clinical faculty appointment. Promotion decisions will be based upon the quality of an individual´s contributions to the academic missions of the relevant department. Time in rank alone is not sufficient for promotion.

DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY MEDICINE CRITERIA - VOLUNTEER CLINICAL FACULTY

In any of these clinical faculty ranks, the Department of Family Medicine may choose to promote an extraordinary individual who has made exceptional contributions to the Department in ways other than those designated in the criteria below.
(Department of Family Medicine additions to the School of Medicine criteria are presented in italics.)

Teaching Associate - Volunteer
Appointee is one who has limited credentials and who is assigned to a specialized teaching or research position.

Clinical Instructor - Volunteer
Clinical Instructor will be the usual initial appointment. A minimum expectation of involvement (e.g., 50 hours per year) is necessary for appointment as a Clinical Instructor. Promotion beyond Clinical Instructor will depend on meeting the criteria for Clinical Assistant Professor.

Clinical Instructor rank requires completion of residency training or experience sufficient to meet Board requirements or their equivalent. Clinical faculty teachers with a Masters degree must meet requirements for board certification, licensure or the equivalent in their field. In addition, the appointee should be a regular, active participant in departmental work, such as having regular teaching responsibilities, etc. This is the most commonly used initial appointment level.

Clinical Assistant Professor - Volunteer
Appointment or promotion to the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor will require sustained and substantial involvement in the mission of the Department and the School, which exceed the expectations for Clinical Instructor. An example of substantial involvement would be a contribution of more than 150 hours annually in instruction or preparation for instruction or equivalent effort.

In general, Board certification in the relevant discipline (or an equivalent recognition) will be required for appointment or promotion to the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor or above. In rare circumstances, because of unusual qualifications or experience, the requirement for Board certification may be waived.

The Department of Family Medicine requires substantial involvement in teaching, teaching administration, or research for promotion to the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor. Clinical work and clinical administration alone will generally not be sufficient.

Clinical Associate Professor - Volunteer
The rank of Clinical Associate Professor is reserved for those who have made high quality contributions of a substantial nature (e.g., more than 150 hours annually or equivalent effort) to the mission of the Department and the School over a prolonged period of time. Scholarly contributions to the literature will be considered, but are not required at this rank.

The Department of Family Medicine requires high quality, substantial involvement in teaching, teaching administration, or research over a prolonged period or demonstrated leadership and involvement in teaching, teaching administration, or research for promotion to the rank of Clinical Associate Professor. In addition, substantial scholarly contributions to the literature will merit consideration for the rank of Clinical Associate Professor.

Clinical Professor - Volunteer
Appointment or promotion to this rank is based on national or international recognition as a leader in the discipline as evidenced by accomplishments in teaching, scholarly publications, or services in national or international professional societies. Distinguished and substantial (e.g., more than 150 hours per year) professional activity in teaching, patient care, service to the community and/or region over an extended period of time, and dedication to the programs of the Department and the School will be considered in exceptional cases.
The Department of Family Medicine requires regional, national, or international recognition in teaching, teaching administration, or research for promotion to the rank of Clinical Professor.

Emeritus
Emeritus status will be considered for a clinical faculty member who has retired from clinical activities and whose scholarly teaching or service record has been highly meritorious. Emeritus appointments will be reserved for those clinical faculty who have made sustained and substantial contributions to the mission of the Department and School. Requires at least ten years of prior service and achievement of the rank of Clinical Professor or Clinical Associate Professor.

DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY MEDICINE CRITERIA - UW MEDICINE EMPLOYED CLINICAL FACULTY

Teaching Associate - University Employed
Teaching Associate will be the appointment title of non-physicians such as nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, and others practicing in UWMC clinical settings.

Clinical Instructor - University Employed
Clinical Instructor will be the usual initial appointment title for physicians. Clinical Instructor rank requires completion of residency training or experience sufficient to meet Board requirement or their equivalent. The appointee should begin to develop a role in teaching, with the goal 10% FTE.

An example of a Clinical Instructor would be an individual who is hired upon completion of their residency training, or may be hired with previous experience but is in the first one or two years of employment with the University.

Clinical Assistant Professor - University Employed
Appointment or promotion to the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor will require sustained and substantial service to the University in the provision of high quality clinical care and teaching. Typically at least two years of service, documentation of sustained, high quality clinical care, and a teaching contribution of approximately 10% FTE time would be expected.

In general, Board certification in the relevant discipline (or an equivalent recognition) will be required for appointment or promotion to the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor or above. In rare circumstances, because of unusual qualifications or experience, the requirement for Board certification may be waived.

Clinical Associate Professor - University Employed
The rank of Clinical Associate Professor is reserved for those who have made high quality contributions of a substantial nature to the mission of the Department and the School over a prolonged period. There should be evidence of continued high quality clinical care, and local or regional recognition by peers and colleagues as evidenced by referrals from colleagues or requests as an information source within the discipline. The teaching contribution should be sustained at a minimum of 10% FTE over a prolonged period and there should be documentation of teaching excellence. Scholarly contributions, administrative responsibilities, and leadership will be considered at this rank.

An example of the level of achievement expected at this level would be a person who has served six years at the Clinical Assistant Professor level, consistently receives excellent evaluations for teaching contributions, maintains a high quality clinical practice, is referred patients by specialists in the region, and serves as a local expert in a particular aspect of family medicine. The person may be making an administrative contribution to the clinical operation, may be involved in scholarly presentations/publications, or may be providing leadership at the local or regional level.

Clinical Professor - University Employed
Appointment or promotion to this rank is based on national or international recognition as a leader in the discipline or exceptional levels of involvement, recognition and leadership at the regional level in patient care and teaching. Distinguished and substantial professional activity in teaching, patient care, service to the community and/or region over an extended period of time, and dedication to the programs of the Department and the School will be expected.

Examples of national or international recognition and leadership include scholarly publications, service in national or international professional societies, and national or international awards for clinical care or teaching excellence. An example of an extended period of time would be a person who has spent six years or longer at the Clinical Associate Professor level.

Emeritus
Emeritus status will be considered for a clinical faculty member who has retired from clinical activities and whose scholarly teaching and clinical service record has been highly meritorious. Emeritus appointments will be reserved for those clinical faculty who have made sustained and substantial contributions to the mission of the Department and School. This rank requires at least ten years of prior service and achievement of the rank of Clinical Professor or Clinical Associate Professor