Clinical professor
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Clinical professor, sometimes known as professor of practice, is an academic appointment made to a member of a profession who is associated with a university or other academic body, and engages in practical (clinical) instruction of students (e.g. medical students).[1] Titles in this category may include clinical instructor, assistant clinical professor, associate clinical professor, and clinical professor.[2] Clinical professorship generally does not offer a "tenure track", but can be either full- or part-time, and is typically noted for its emphasis on practical skills training as opposed to theoretical matters. Thus, most members of such faculty are expected to have considerable practical experience in their respective fields of expertise; unlike with most other faculty, this is deemed at least as important as educational credentials.[2] For administrative purposes, some universities classify such a designation as equivalent to "adjunct professor."[3] Clinical professors may be salaried or may teach as a volunteer.[4]
In the field of medicine, the usage of the terms (in ascending order of rank) clinical instructor, clinical assistant professor, clinical associate professor and clinical professor (as opposed to the same titles without the clinical modifier) are not well standardized. In some institutions clinical faculty may receive a designation of rank with the clinical modifier as a courtesy, often on the basis of involvement in education of medical (or other) students. In such a context, ascending rank may acknowledge seniority and/or reputation. Medical faculty working full time as an academic medical center with involvement in scholarly pursuits are typically assigned a rank without the clinical modifier of instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, or professor with or without tenure depending upon the institution. The assistant clinical professor position may be almost entirely honorary.[5][6] In Canada, doctors who teach are called "preceptors."[7]
Examples of clinical professor
  1. ^ CLINICAL AND ADJUNCT FACULTY APPOINTMENT POLICY Archived December 13, 2010, at the Wayback Machine, Medical College of Georgia Faculty Manual. October 26, 2004.
  2. ^ a b "Clinical professor series: Volunteer series". UCLA Academic Personnel Office. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Professor of Practice" (PDF). University of California, Santa Barbara. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Classification of Ranks and Titles". Faculty Handbook. Boston University. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  5. ^ "What Makes A "Top" Doctor" (PDF). Castle Connolly. pp. 8–9. Archived from the original(PDF) on 3 July 2018.
  6. ^ "M.L.B. Medical Adviser Falsifies Resume". March 29, 2005. But he is an assistant clinical professor, a lower-ranking and honorary position that is held by thousands of doctors, a medical college official said.
  7. ^ Mercer, C (28 May 2018). "Family medicine faces shortage of doctors willing to teach". Canadian Medical Association Journal. 190 (21): E666. doi​:​10.1503/cmaj.109-5604​. PMC 5973894. PMID 29807944.

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