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  • Academic Career Tracks Defined

    Pascale Lane, MD
    Career Paths
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    Any survivor of higher education knows that once you leave high school, you no longer call those giving you instruction “teachers.” Colleges and universities have a complex, often baffling, series of job names that may be all but invisible in day-to-day activities. Nowhere is this complexity of ranks more prominent than academic medicine. A study in the August issue of Academic Medicine reviews Faculty Career Tracks at U.S. Medical Schools (doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e3182222699). From 2008-2009 Michelle Coleman and George Richard collected data from 98 (76%) of medical colleges in the United States. They identified 353 career tracks, 210 of which were non-tenured. Lucky for those of us who must review curriculum vitae and biosketches, five tracks were almost universally present:•    The investigator track- The traditional tenure-track for someone planning a research career with teaching, administration, ...