These are general guidelines for appointment and promotion in the different faculty tracks. Please see the resources section for detailed criteria.

Regular track

Assistant professor - clinician/scholar pathway

  • M.D. degree (or equivalent) and the clinical training needed to meet American Board of Internal Medicine certification or subspecialty requirements. In general, clinician/scholar faculty in a subspecialty will have completed an academically-oriented fellowship or an equivalent post-residency training program
  • Excellent clinical competence, documented from residency, fellowship, or practice settings
  • Evidence of substantial teaching excellence
  • Demonstrated scholarship
  • Professionalism

Assistant professor - physician/scientist pathway

  • Must have M.D. (or equivalent) and/or Ph.D. degree. If applicable, the clinical training needed to meet American Board of Internal Medicine certification or subspecialty requirements. In general, physician/scientist faculty in a subspecialty will have completed an academically-oriented fellowship or an equivalent post-residency training program.
  • Substantial research experience
  • Authorship of several original, peer-reviewed publications of substantial merit
  • Excellent clinical competence, documented from residency, fellowship, or practice settings
  • Documented evidence of teaching excellence

Associate professor

Appointment to associate professor requires a record of substantial success in teaching, research, and service, except that in unusual cases an outstanding record in one of these activities may be considered sufficient.

Professor

Appointment to professor requires outstanding, mature scholarship as evidenced by accomplishments in teaching, research and service, as evaluated in terms of national or international recognition.

Research track

Appointment as a research assistant professor, research associate professor or research professor requires qualifications corresponding to those prescribed for assistant professor, associate professor and professor in the regular track, with primary emphasis upon research.

Research assistant professors, research associate professors and research professors are expected to take active roles in generating research funding, and are eligible to act as principal investigators for grants and contracts.

Research faculty may participate in the regular instruction program but are not required to do so, except insofar as required by their funding source.

Clinical track (paid)

Clinical instructor

  • M.D. degree (or equivalent) and the clinical training needed to meet relevant board certification or subspecialty requirements
  • Excellent clinical competence, documented from residency, fellowship, or practice settings

Clinical assistant professor

Clinical assistant professor appointments require evidence of training or clinical practice experience beyond that required for appointed as a clinical instructor.

Clinical associate professor 

Clinical associate professor appointments require clinical experience which has matured over time with local or regional recognition for clinical excellence.

Clinical professor 

Clinical professor appointments are based on local and regional recognition as leaders in the discipline as evidence by accomplishments in clinical care, clinical program development, teaching, service in national or international professional societies, or scholarly publications. Distinguished and substantial professional activity in patient care over an extended period of time is required.

Volunteer clinical 

In order to be appointed as a volunteer clinical faculty member in the Department of Medicine, the individual must be actively engaged in teaching, research and/or patient care, or other activities related to the mission of the relevant division in the department. 

"Actively" is defined as:

  1. Teaching - teaching students, residents and/or fellows at the local, regional, or national level. The minimum teaching time is an average of 12 hours/year when averaged over 3 years.
  2. Research - actively collaborating with a principal investigator in the division on either clinical, translational or basic science research
  3. Patient care - direct participation with the care of patients. The minimum patient care expectation is one week of inpatient service or 12 half-day clinics per year when averaged over 3 years. (No compensation will be given for these activities.)

Exclusion criteria

The following people are not eligible for a volunteer clinical faculty appointment:

  • A person whose primary affiliation would constitute a conflict of interest with University of Washington policies
  • A person who is using a University of Washington title to market a service or product that could constitute a conflict of interest with the University of Washington and/or the Division.

Clinical instructor

This level will be the usual initial appointment and requires that the appointee has completed formal training to meet board requirements or the equivalent and, in addition, is contributing to the divisional program in teaching, research, or patient care (minimum 12 hours/year or equivalent effort when averaged over 3 years.) 

Clinical assistant professor

This rank requires that the individual have training and experience substantially beyond that required for the rank of clinical instructor and that the person has contributed to medical education, the medical profession, or the standing of the profession in the community in a substantial manner (minimum 50 hours/year or equivalent effort when averaged over 3 years), exceeding the expectations for clinical instructor. 

Clinical associate professor

The rank of clinical associate professor is appropriate for individuals who have made high quality contributions of a substantial nature (minimum 100 hours/year or equivalent effort when averaged over 3 years) to the mission of the division, department and the school over a prolonged period of time.

Clinical professor

High quality contributions of a substantial nature (minimum 150 hours/year or equivalent effort when averaged over 3 years) to the missions of the division, department and the school over a period of time consistent with years in rank for regular faculty are expected of individuals who achieve the rank of clinical professor.

Further, appointment or promotion to this rank is based on national or extensive local and regional recognition as a leader in the discipline as evidenced by accomplishments in teaching, scholarly publications, or service in professional societies.

Distinguished and substantial professional activity in service to the community and/or region over an extended period of time and dedication to the programs of the division, department and school will also be considered.