|Practical Tips for Promotion|
Practical Tips for Promotion
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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!