If you’re an anesthesiologist in the Edmonton Zone, you’re more than likely to
have a parallel Clinical Faculty appointment at the University of Alberta (if
you’re not sure, email
Clinical Faculty vastly outnumber tenured
Academics, and do most of the heavy lifting when it comes to the teaching of
medical students, residents and fellows. Our training programs simply would not
work without you, and we’re grateful for your efforts. Almost everything you
know and every skill you have was probably passed down to you from a Clinical
Faculty teacher, and by doing this valuable work, you’re honoring the same
tradition. Clinical Faculty members are represented at
the Faculty by an extremely energetic Assistant Dean, Dr Jonathan Choy from
cardiology. Dr Mark Simmonds from UAH represents Clinical
Anesthesiology Faculty (i.e. you) on that committee.
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that as Clinical Faculty, you are encouraged to make use of).
Another way in which the Faculty can
recognize your contribution is by promoting you to Clinical
Assistant Professor, Clinical Associate Professor or Clinical Professor. Although this comes without pecuniary
reward, these titles, which you may use freely in your professional
correspondence, tell the outside world that you have made and continue to make
a contribution to the advancement of your profession that is recognized by
Promotion is by application. A small
committee (Drs Colin Noble from RAH and Dorothy Hardy from MHE, with me as
Chair) considers application packages in February every year. We have many
years of experience of this process. For most of you, applications will be
judged on the documented quality and
quantity of your teaching. While the committee has some discretion in
interpreting these criteria, it has operationalized the definition of
good performance in teaching for Clinical Anesthetists as
At least 10 individual evaluations of clinical O.R.
teaching performance in total, at least one for each year of activity under
consideration, with mean ratings of 4.0/5.0 or better. PLUS at least one
lecture or other classroom teaching event with mean ratings of 4.0/5.0 or
better (per application, not per year).
should consist of a letter stating your case, an updated CV and whatever other
supporting documentation you think is important. If you’re applying on the
basis of something other than teaching evaluations that we hold on file,
include the data (we obtain U of A residency and medical student teaching
evaluations directly). If you’re applying on the strength of non-traditional
contributions (administration, advocacy etc.), give us as much information and
supporting information as you can. There is no limit to how often you can
apply, and an unsuccessful application would not count against any future
Ordinarily, you’d consider applying for
promotion to Assistant Clinical Professor no earlier than 3 years after
starting work in the Zone, Associate Clinical Professor no earlier than 5 years
after that, and Clinical Professor no earlier than 5 years after that.
We look forward to receiving your application.
If you’d like to discuss a potential application informally before putting pen
to paper, please feel free to contact me.
Chair, Clinical Faculty Promotions