Career Path Trajectories and Promotion Assessment

  • The majority of faculty members will follow one of the recognized career paths.
  • Some faculty careers may bridge several paths.
  • Over time, faculty members may alter their career path.
  • Flexibility of assessment is assured through the principle of complete demonstration of any one of the four scholarships, or demonstration of a composite of scholarships, which together exceed any single scholarship.

The following are the Career Path descriptions and how the scholarship definitions and expectations may be applied to the common career profiles within the Faculty of Medicine:

Clinician Teacher

Definition: Primary commitment is to academic clinical practice. There is significant contribution to the delivery of clinical teaching and to promoting and advancing excellence in clinical practice. They may serve as clinical preceptors and have varying levels of involvement in providing the core curriculum of undergraduate and postgraduate programs.

Clinician teachers spend the majority of their time dedicated to clinical care with the remainder of time spent in teaching activities, research or administration.

Promotion:

Requires either:
A) Demonstration of substantive Application of Knowledge scholarship or
B) Demonstration of considerable Application of Knowledge scholarship and considerable Transmission and Transformation of Knowledge scholarship.

Clinician Educator

Definition: Primary commitment is to academic clinical practice and education, educational administration and activities related to education, such as the development and implementation of academic programs or educational research. They may take on roles such as undergraduate coordinator or program director, etc..

Clinician Educators spend at least half their time dedicated to educational activities, with the remainder of time spent in clinical, research and related administrative activities.

Promotion:

Requires either:
A) Demonstration of substantive Transmission and Transformation Knowledge scholarship or
B) Demonstration of considerable Transmission and Transformation Knowledge scholarship and considerable Application of Knowledge scholarship.

Clinician Researcher

Definition: Primary commitment is to academic clinical practice and research. Research may include basic, clinical or translational and they may be cross-appointed to a Research Institute or basic science department.

Clinician Educators spend at least half their time dedicated to research activities, with the remainder of time spent in clinical, educational and related administrative activities.

Promotion:

Requires either:
A) Demonstration of substantive Discovery and Advancement of Knowledge scholarship or
B) Demonstration of considerable Discovery and Advancement of Knowledge scholarship and considerable Application of Knowledge scholarship.

Clinician Administrator

Definition: Primary commitment is to administration. This may include a leadership role, involvement in innovation regarding the management of the department or faculty and advancements for patients and health care institutions.

Clinician Administrators spend the majority of their time dedicated to administration, with the rest of time allocated between education, clinical practice and research.

Promotion:

Requires either:
A) Demonstration of substantive Integration of Knowledge scholarship or
B) Demonstration of considerable Integration of Knowledge scholarship and considerable of either Application of Knowledge scholarship or Transmission and Transformation of Knowledge scholarship.

Scientist

Definition: Primary commitment is to research, which may be basic science, translational or educational, with no clinical responsibilities and spend most of their time in research. Educational and/or administrative involvement is dedicated to educational research or scholarly activity.

These individuals are PhD scientists/educational researchers in clinical departments, who spend the majority of their time dedicated to research with the remainder of the time spent in teaching and/or administration.

Promotion:

Requires:
A) Demonstration of substantive Discovery and Advancement of Knowledge scholarship.