Ophthalmology

Approved 9/1/05

Department of Ophthalmology

Clinical Scholar Statement

I. INTRODUCTORY STATEMENT

The criteria, standards and procedure are applied without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin, handicap, age, veteran status or sexual orientation.

II. MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Medical School is to conduct high quality programs of research, education, and service through which the college contributes significantly to the provision of excellent health care for the people of Minnesota.

The missions of the Department of Ophthalmology are teaching, research, service and provision of excellent clinical service. Primary academic missions of the department are to teach medical students, post-M.D. trainees (residents and fellows) and students in allied health programs and to advance knowledge in ophthalmology through basic scientific and clinical research endeavors. In their academic activities, some faculty members may concentrate on different major missions (teaching/ research/service/applied medical science), but the entire faculty must participate in all four of those functions. Departmental activities are conducted in the following special fields: basic medical sciences in ophthalmology, cornea and anterior segment, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastics, retina, and pediatric ophthalmology. The Department of Ophthalmology is responsible for conducting certificate educational programs for students in Orthoptics and for training of Ophthalmic Technicians.

III. CRITERIA

Clinical Scholar Track Faculty in the Department of Ophthalmology are expected to participate in teaching, research/scholarship, service and applied medical science.

A. TEACHING

Teaching activities may occur in a variety of educational settings and formats, including: didactic presentations, lectures, seminars, conferences, tutorials, laboratories, advising of students, case discussions, grand rounds, hospital and clinic rounds, patient care, surgical and other procedures, continuing education. A faculty member on the clinical scholar track regularly spends significant time in teaching in these venues.

The following are educational activities in which competence and accomplishments in teaching can be demonstrated:

1. Participation and competence in teaching undergraduate (pre-baccalaureate) students.

2. Participation and competence in teaching professional students, including students in the M.D. curriculum and other professional educational programs.

3. Service and distinction as a faculty adviser to post-M.D. residents (Medical Fellow Specialists or Medical Fellows), post-residency clinical fellows, or advanced degree candidates in medical disciplines, interdisciplinary programs or collaborative research programs.

4. Service as a faculty mentor or advisor to students in any of the above categories, including medical students in the clinical courses of the M.D. curriculum.

5. Service as a faculty mentor to students in any of the above categories who engage in research activities in the department.

6. Participation in teaching students in the certificate educational programs in Orthoptics and for training Ophthalmic Technicians.

B. RESEARCH / SCHOLARSHIP

Clinical scholar track faculty are expected to spend some time on research or other scholarship. Scholarship may include:

1. Publication in peer-reviewed journals of clinical observations, clinical trials, reviews, or comprehensive case series that enhances the practice of medicine or educational practice.

Peer-reviewed journals that are recognized as outstanding and appropriate to the discipline include, but are not necessarily limited to:

American Journal of Ophthalmology
American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Archives of Ophthalmology
Journal of the Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus
British Journal of Ophthalmology
CLAO Journal
Cornea
Current Eye Research
Experimental Eye Research
Eye & Contact Lens
Glaucoma
Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Journal of Glaucoma
Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology
Journal of Neuroscience
Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
Neurology
Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Ophthalmic Surgery and Lasers
Ophthalmology
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Retina
Survey of Ophthalmology

2. External Research Funding

Demonstrated ability to secure intramural or extramural research funding as demonstrated by being the recipient of a grant or contract as a principal investigator, a co-investigator, or similar title.

Examples of granting agencies include, but are not necessarily limited to:

American Federation for Aging Research
American Health Assistance Foundation
Benign Essential Blepharospasm Research Foundation
British Retinitis Pigmentosa Society
Fight for Sight
Foundation for Fighting Blindness
Glaucoma Foundation
Glaucoma Research Foundation
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Juvenile Diabetes Foundation
National Eye Institute
National Institutes Foundation
Research to Prevent Blindness
Veterans Health Affairs of Health (NIH)
National Science Foundation
Pew Charitable
W.M. Keck Foundation
Whitaker Foundation

3. Publications in Monographs, Reviews and Other Books

Publications through these modalities are part of the scholarly activities of a faculty member, but cannot be considered as the sole basis for tenure.

5. Invited participation in Symposia, Meetings and Seminars

Faculty members should be invited by national and international scientific organization to participate in symposia and meetings and should be invited to give seminars before peers in other institutions both nationally and internationally. However, this cannot be used as the sole criteria for tenure.

C. SERVICE

Service, although not a primary criterion for promotion, will be taken into consideration in making decisions on promotion. Performance of service, however exemplary, cannot substitute for the primary criteria of research and training. Excellence in service can be demonstrated, but is not limited to:

  1. Active participation or leadership of committees at medical school, AHC, university or hospital level.
  2. Service and/or leadership in local and national organizations.
  3. Service as an Editor or a Member of the Editorial Board of a Reputable Journal or Monograph in a Biomedical Discipline

D. APPLIED MEDICAL SCIENCE

Clinical scholar track faculty are expected to spend a significant amount of time in clinical care. Excellence in clinical care cannot substitute for the primary criteria of education and research. Participation, competence, and excellence can be demonstrated by, but are not limited to:

  1. Recognition by peers and students as a health care professional committed to quality patient care or related patient service.
  2. Reputation of excellence established locally and at the national level as evidenced by election to distinguished societies or selection to lists of excellence (i.e., Best Doctors, etc), or by other such documentation.
  3. Participation in projects to monitor clinical outcomes.
  4. Participation in projects to implement quality improvements.
  5. Development of state of the art program to deliver improved care or care to underserved populations.

IV. PROMOTION

The Department of Ophthalmology accepts and subscribes to the statement on criteria and standards for promotion of faculty at the University of Minnesota Medical School with the following standards specific to the department.

A. Assistant Professor

Appointment to the rank of Assistant Professor requires completion of clinical training to meet the requirements for the American Board of Ophthalmology, as well as completion of a recognized fellowship in one of the departments subspecialty programs. Individuals being proposed to the rank of Assistant Professor should provide evidence of a commitment to scholarship, education, and applied medical sciences. Documentation of skill in teaching and research must be available in the curriculum vitae and from letters of support from nationally known ophthalmologists. Physicians must be able to demonstrate excellence in the practice of their subspecialty.

B. Associate Professor

The criteria and standards for appointment or promotion to the rank of Associate Professor in the clinical scholar track are those stated by the University of Minnesota Medical School. Faculty are expected to support and foster all aspects of the academic mission of the Department of Ophthalmology, including research and scholarship, education, applied medical science, and service with a significant portion of their time spent in clinical practice as described in the above listed department standards. While it is understood that faculty on the clinical scholar track will spend a significant portion of their time in clinical activities, distinction in scholarship, research and education is expected.

Teaching

  1. Teaches medical students, residents, and fellows in a variety of educational settings and formats, including: didactic presentations, lectures, seminars, conferences, tutorials, laboratories, grand rounds, hospital and clinical rounds, patient care, surgical and other procedures, and continuing medical education.
  2. Consistently receives excellent evaluations for teaching by medical students, residents, and fellows, or by receiving teaching awards. The impact and value of the teaching should be recognized beyond the local level as demonstrated by invitations to teach at other hospitals or other medical schools, programs of professional societies, or continuing medical education courses.
  3. Evidence of teaching excellence at the undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, and continuing medical education levels by written statement of the head of the department and academic peers familiar with the candidate’s performance in teaching.
  4. Regularly attends and participates in teaching activities including, but not limited to: didactic presentations, lectures, seminars, conferences, tutorials, laboratories, advising of students, case discussions, grand rounds, hospital and clinic rounds, patient care, surgical and other procedures, continuing education.
  5. Acts as an advisor and mentor to medical students, residents, and fellows.

Research/Scholarship

  1. Publication of clinical observations, reviews, or analytic studies in peer-reviewed journals that contribute new knowledge or organizes, synthesizes, and conveys existing knowledge in a way that enhances the practice or medicine or educational practice.
  2. Development of patented products and technology, or development of new technology.
  3. Evidence of attraction of extramural grant, industry, or foundation support as principal investigator or major collaborator to support clinical research activities.

Service

Service and/or leadership in department, medical school, AHC, University or hospital committees or local/national organizations.

Applied Medical Science

Must continue to demonstrate an excellent reputation inside and outside the Twin Cities area as an authority. This can be demonstrated by:

  1. Patient referrals from outside the area.
  2. Invited visiting lectureships.
  3. Participation in projects to monitor clinical outcomes.
  4. Participation in quality services, such as quality improvement.
  5. Clinical excellence or development of new clinical programs.
  6. Demonstrates distinction by service to local, regional, or national professional societies/organizations.
  7. Letters from local and nationally recognized clinicians evaluating the individual’s contribution to the field.

C. Professor

The standards and criteria for appointment or promotion to the rank of Professor in the clinical scholar track are those stated by the University of Minnesota Medical School. Faculty are expected to support and foster all aspects of the academic mission of the Department of Ophthalmology, including research and scholarship, education, applied medical science, and service with a significant portion of their time spent in clinical practice as described in above listed departmental standards. Scholarship is necessary for promotion. The proposal of a candidate for Professor will also present evidence of additional academic, scientific, scholarly and professional achievements, such as:

Teaching

Continued excellence in teaching as demonstrated by stated standards. Recognition for being among the very best teachers by medical students, residents, fellows, or CME attendees.

Research/Scholarship

Continue to sustain scholarly contributions as demonstrated by first or senior author publications in high quality professional peer-reviewed journals. Individuals at this level are expected to have a substantial quantity of publications with contribution as senior author. Distinction in research/scholarship requires evidence of national and/or international reputation, including leadership roles in national and/or international professional societies.

Service

Continued service and/or leadership in department, medical school, AHC, University, or hospital committees or local/national organizations.

Applied Medical Science

Continued substantial contributions to patient care including national and/or international reputation for advancement of the specialty of ophthalmology as demonstrated by invitations to memberships or leaderships in prestigious professional societies, other recognitions or awards as recognized by senior faculty members at other universities assessing the candidate’s qualifications.

V. PROCEDURES

In considering proposals for tenure and/or promotion in rank, the Medical School and its Departments comply with the procedures described in the document, "Procedures for Reviewing Performance of Probationary Faculty", distributed annually by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. These procedures are provided for by Sections 16.3, 7.4 and 7.61 of the Regulations Concerning Faculty Tenure.

The Medical School issues annually to each department, for distribution and information to faculty members, a set of instructions, memoranda, and other documents, giving detailed information on the procedures to be followed in the preparation and consideration of each proposal for tenure and/or promotion in rank. The pertinent documents are identified as exhibits enclosed with a cover memorandum from the Dean.

Designated non-tenured faculty members holding appropriate appointment and rank at affiliated hospitals are eligible to vote on proposals for promotion in rank of candidates, in accordance with approval for this procedure granted by University Tenure Committee and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

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