Office of Academic Appointments

Investigator Track and Physician Investigator Track

Suggested Guidelines for Appointment or Promotion to Senior Rank

Appointment in the Investigator Track is reserved for:

  • faculty members in the basic or clinical sciences who demonstrate a career commitment to scholarly pursuit and have documentation of their endeavors by way of significant publication, grant support, peer recognition for outstanding research and national and international recognition,  
  • clinicians who demonstrate peer recognition as an outstanding physician and teacher. It is expected that the faculty member is spending a minimum of 75% of his or her time devoted to laboratory, clinical or population based research. Supplementary support for promotion on this track for clinicians may include direction of a clinic, giving grand rounds lectures, and serving as preceptor, lab mentor and/or conference leader.

Appointment in the Physician Investigator Track is reserved for:

  • clinicians who in addition to maintaining the highest quality of clinical practice or supervision of a clinical service will be spending a minimum of 60-70% of his or her time devoted to laboratory, clinical or population based research. The candidates total academic output (peer reviewed papers and grants) is expected to be somewhat less (e.g. 65%) than candidates in basic science departments due to their major clinical responsibilities. As supplementary support for promotion in this track, clinicians may demonstrate peer recognition as an outstanding physician; direction of service; teaching courses, rounds, preceptor, lab mentor and/or conference leader. 

While tangible distinction should be demonstrated in at least one aspect of academic activity in which the individual is engaged, it is generally expected that the individual's contributions to the tasks of this medical school (education, research, clinical service and administration) will have considerable breadth; and in all aspects of academic activity, the individual must meet the standards of this medical school. "Citizenship" i.e., service to the school or its affiliated institutions, will also be considered relevant for promotion to senior rank.

No precise distinction exists in the criteria for appointment or promotion to the rank of Associate Professor or Professor.  Having achieved the rank of Associate Professor, it is expected that the same level of high quality scholarly productivity, research and/or clinical accomplishments, teaching activity, and “good citizenship’ will have continued to warrant promotion to Professor.  The Committee on Appointments and Promotions (CAP) often looks for national involvement and recognition for the rank of Associate Professor and international recognition for the rank of Professor.

Recommendation to the Investigator and Physician Investigator Track is made to the senior ranks of:

  • Professor of…
  • Associate Professor of…

Each of the following is intended to illustrate a career description for an individual who is eligible for an appointment or promotion to senior rank within the Investigator Track guidelines.  The few illustrations given are meant to illustrate a range of career routes to senior rank.  They are intended to reflect a balance leaning, respectively, towards research, clinical, teaching and administrative contributions.  When properly reviewed by the full curriculum vitae and other supporting materials, each is a model that would be appointed or promoted at senior rank.

  1. The candidate has made basic, epidemiological or clinical research contributions that are widely known and are original and ground breaking.  The candidate has published extensively in refereed journals of high caliber, presented their work at national meetings, and been active in professional organizations as officer and committee member. He or she should be performing externally funded research, covering most of their effort.The candidate is also a respected educator, teaching core courses in the medical or graduate school degree programs and mentoring students and other trainees.
  2. The candidate is a respected clinician and teacher, with numerous medical student and house staff contacts in rounds and courses.  In addition to their major efforts related lab based, clinical or epidemiologic research, their major current work is in running an innovative clinical service where pioneering diagnostic and treatment procedures have been undertaken.  They are known widely for the creation of their service which has been emulated elsewhere, and they have served as a consultant to these new services.  The service has a research arm which has produced both basic and clinical research contributions. 

Investigator Track Checklist

Physician Investigator Track Checklist