Dear Clinical Faculty Members,
During the past year, we have been working to simplify processes related to the appointment, reappointment and promotion of Clinical Faculty, and to review and renew the Contract Re: Terms and Conditions of Clinical Faculty Appointment that expired June 30, 2010. These two processes have culminated in the attached documents: UBC Faculty of Medicine Policy on Clinical Faculty Appointments, UBC Faculty of Medicine Process for Clinical Faculty Dispute Resolution, and UBC Faculty of Medicine Clinical Faculty Compensation. Please note that the UBC Faculty of Medicine Clinical Faculty Compensation document applies only to Clinical Faculty teaching in Under Graduate and Post Graduate Medical Education. If you are, or expect to be, eligible for compensation, please complete and return the enclosed form, “Payment Instructions for Academic Services in the MD Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programs.”
Many important elements in the Policy on Clinical Faculty Appointments are unchanged including recognition of the independent contractor status of Clinical Faculty members and of their autonomy regarding management of patients. Provision for a leave of absence has been added. The format and wording has been revised to be inclusive of all of our Clinical Faculty and to improve readability.
Several processes have been streamlined. Applying for a Clinical Faculty appointment will be simpler and more efficient for both the applicant and the Faculty. This is particularly important as we seek to recruit new Clinical Faculty members across British Columbia. We value the time of busy clinicians and appreciate their willingness to teach. We hope that the new process will remove what may have been a barrier
The Clinical Faculty Compensation document reflects our continued commitment to provide financial recognition for the contribution of Clinical Faculty members to the FOM in the Undergraduate and Post Graduate Medical Education Programs. We have clarified the eligibility criteria and the process for resolution of disputes regarding eligibility. In addition we have provided additional information regarding the method of calculating compensation for post graduate teaching combined with patient care.
We continue to work on a number of issues that were raised by various stakeholders during our consultation process: timeliness of payments, inappropriate issuance of tax receipts and an improved website for Clinical Faculty Affairs.
We acknowledge the contribution of our many stakeholders in this process of review and renewal. Their input and collaboration was essential. We also acknowledge the review and advice of the Clinical Faculty Affairs Committee. It is the Faculty’s link to over 4,000 Clinical Faculty members, keeping us informed of issues that matter to them.
Should you have any questions or comments concerning the Policy on Clinical Faculty Appointments or any other Clinical Faculty issue, please contact the Office of Clinical Faculty Affairs or Clinical Faculty Affairs Committee representative for your Department/School/Centre. A list of current Clinical Faculty Affairs Committee representatives and other information can be found here.
We hope that the changes we have implemented will result in greater efficiency and clarity. Above all, we hope that the tone and content of the documents signal our respect for you as a Clinical Faculty member and our commitment to continue to seek your input and to address concerns to the best of our ability. The success of the Faculty’s programs is largely due to the contributions of our Clinical Faculty members who interact with our learners to educate and inspire the healthcare professionals and leaders of tomorrow. We wish to thank you for your contributions to that success.
Dr. Gavin Stuart, MD, FRCSC
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
Vice Provost, Health UBC
Dr. Michael Nimmo, MD, FRCSC
Director, Clinical Faculty Affairs