|Practical Tips for Promotion|
Practical Tips for Promotion
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Submitted by: Tracey Straker, MD, MS, MPH, CBA, FASA (Professor of Anesthesiology)
Submitted by: Michael C. Lewis, MD, FASA (Professor and Chairman, Henry Ford Anesthesia Department)
Utilize the Business Field
Submitted by: Isaac Chu, MD (Assistant Clinical Professor, Keck School of Medicine)
Submitted by: Regina Fragneto, MD (Professor of Anesthesiology, University of Kentucky College of Medicine)
Keep a record of every presentation, resident lecture and other academic activity as you actually do it. Trying to remember all your educational activities as you are putting together your teaching portfolio for promotion is painful!
Submitted by: Shamanatha Reddy, MD (Assistant Professor, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY)
There will be many of your colleagues working towards promotion also. Work together with them. It is not a race against each other. It is a team work. Work together on publications, put together a panel for a meeting, collaborate on a joint Grand rounds with another service. Collaboration may make the journey shorter and less painful. This process is like candle light. Use your candle to light someone else’s candle it doesn’t in any way make yours darker. It will brighten the environment.
Make academic connections outside your department but within your institution.
Submitted by: Gary E. Loyd MD, MMM (Director Perioperative Surgical Home, Henry Ford Health System, Clinical Professor, Wayne State University)
Make academic connections outside your department but within your institution. People have to know who you are.
Get a Copy of the Promotion and Tenure Policy Manual of Your Institution
Submitted by: Michael Lewis MD (Professor and Chairman, Henry Ford Anesthesia Department)
Work on Building and/or Maintaining a Relationship With your Chair Throughout Your Career, Especially at the Beginning.
Submitted by: Issac Chu MD (Assistant Clinical Professor)
Often when academic anesthesiologists start their careers, they are simply trying to learn how to manage their clinical and academic work while staying under the radar. This usually means that they only speak to the Chair when they have a request, or worse, need to be reprimanded. This relationship makes it extremely difficult for a Chair to support that faculty member, since there is no basis for a positive relationship. It is difficult to succeed in a department without knowing the Chair's expectations. I recommend scheduling meetings with the Chair and/or discuss casually new project ideas so that the Chair may give the faculty member input and build a collaborative relationship.
Join a Hospital Committee
Submitted by: Michal Gajewski DO (Assistant Professor)
This allows you to get involved in hospital policy making and it introduces you to other likeminded individuals. The added benefit is that you will meet faculty outside of your own department which could give you a different perspective on several issues. This then allows you to bring some of those views back to your department to implement change. Most importantly it lets your Chair know that you want to play a more prominent role and that you are motivated.
Learn the Process for YOUR Institution
Submitted by: David Young MD, MEd, MBA, FASA (Full Professor)
Every institution has a specific process and policy for academic advancement and may greatly differ among institutions.
Early in your promotion process, identify the relevant details for YOUR institution to help plan your career trajectory effectively.
The relevant promotion details will likely address topics such as:
External Letters – How to Get Them!
Submitted by: Tracey Straker, MD, MS, MPH, FASA (Full Professor)
You most probably will have to get letters of recommendation from faculty outside your institution. These letters should be written by someone who is familiar with your work. This can be a daunting task for junior faculty –it certainly was for me! Approach it strategically and start early!