Re: Mary Smith, MD
Dear Dean Robillard:
I write this letter as DEO in support of the proposed promotion of Mary Smith, MD from an Assistant Professor of (Department) to an Associate Professor of (Department), effective July 1, ____. I endorse the vote of the Departmental Consultation Group, whose members considered Dr. Smith’s proposed promotion on November___, _____, and voted unanimously (n 32) in favor of the proposed promotion. The favorable deliberations during that meeting are contained in the summary of the DCG meeting included in the dossier.
Re: Mary Smith, MD - PROMOTION RECOMMENDATION
CLINICAL ASSISTANT PROFESSOR TO CLINICAL ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Dear Dean Robillard:
On behalf of the Department of __________, I recommend the promotion of
Jane M. Doe, MD from the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor of (Department) to Clinical Associate Professor of (Department) effective July 1, ____. I recommend the term of this proposed appointment be three years.
Material in Dr. Jane Doe’ s promotion record that I reviewed included:
10. Appendix: Professional Productivity Profiles (selected examples)
In reviewing the promotion record of Dr. Jane M. Doe, I believe there are no negative aspects present in these materials. My recommendation of promotion for Dr. Jane M. Doe is in agreement with that of the (Department’s) Departmental Consulting Group.
The (Department) Departmental Consulting Group of faculty eligible to vote on Dr. Jane Doe’s promotion recommendation from Clinical Assistant Professor of (Department) to Clinical Associate Professor of (Department) was 39 individuals. Secret ballot results were 34-votes for promotion, 1-vote against promotion, 2-votes of abstention and 2-ballots not returned.
In accordance with the policies and procedures of The University of Iowa College of Medicine, I have assessed three aspects of Dr. Jane Doe’s academic performance in the areas of Teaching, Professional Productivity, and Service for promotion from Clinical Assistant Professor of (Department) to Clinical Associate Professor of (Department).
Educational and Professional History
Dr. Jane M. Doe received her M.D. degree from The University of Iowa College of Medicine in 1995. She was awarded the Stuart Cullen Award in Taking Care of People during her senior year of medical school, subsequently completed a Taking Care of People residency and joined as an Associate at The University of Iowa through 2000. From 2001 to 2004 Dr. Doe practiced anesthesiology at a private practice in Iowa. In 2004 she returned to academics at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. While at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Dr. Jane Doe received the “Teacher of the Year Award” voted by the anesthesiology residents in 2005.
On June 18, 2006, Dr. Jane Doe returned to the Department of Taking Care of People at The University of Iowa at the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor. During this period of review, her 80% faculty appointment carries with it the responsibilities of providing clinical patient care and teaching in all anesthetizing locations at University of Iowa Health Care (main operating room, ambulatory surgical center, and satellite locations) with emphasis on pediatric Taking Care of People, in addition to providing Taking Care of People care to patients of all ages. Her duties also include participation in teaching assignments, didactic lectures, and mentorships to medical students, rotating trainees, housestaff, student nurse anesthetists and Fellows. As a salaried clinical track faculty member at The University of Iowa, she is expected to meet the written standards of competence and performance. The Department of ___________ utilizes the Competence and Performance Standards developed by the College of Medicine.
Recommendation Summary Teaching
Dr. Jane Doe is a dedicated and effective teacher with an acknowledged record of teaching success to medical students, rotating trainees, residents, fellows, as well as faculty and other physicians at UI Health Care, in addition to other healthcare providers throughout the State of Iowa.
Her teaching focuses primarily on her sub-specialization in Taking Care of People for pediatrics and regional Taking Care of People. Dr. Jane Doe provides clinical teaching in the operating room and in the classroom. During this period of review, her teaching topics range from teaching preoperative marieluation of the patient or pediatric Taking Care of People to medical students rotating every two weeks in our department, to teaching our Taking Care of People residents on topics such as Down’s Syndrome anesthetic considerations or pediatric bad procedures, to providing continuing medical education on Taking Care of People for pediatric endoscopy.
The level of quality teaching Dr. Doe provides is outstanding. The marieluations in Dr. Jane Doe’s promotion dossier from students, trainees, faculty and peers are evidence that she is an effective teacher.
Learner comments from the Taking Care of People residents include, “(Dr. Jane Doe) teaches daily, expects to review a topic daily, provides appropriate articles, overall very good teacher, role model, attention to detail”. “Excellent lecture, great handout, complex topic”.
Selected faculty comments from the department report, “Outstanding presentation utilizing the latest in multimedia capabilities”. “Great lecture, very timely subject”.
Additional evidence of Dr. Jane Doe’s teaching abilities and peer judgments of her teaching materials has best been described by an internal peer reviewer at The University of Iowa, “Her (Dr. Jane Doe’ s) teaching abilities extend into many different venues beyond the clinical setting and her CV documents her delivery of numerous lectures within the Department as well as local and regional CME presentations. Jane is actively involved in the residents’ didactic lecture schedule and her topics are relmarient and informative. A careful review of her individual lectures reveals the following: 1.) The topics are pertinent and require a significant time-commitment to prepare, 2.) The content is organized in a logical progression, 3.) The material presented is new and thought provoking, 4.) Innovative multimedia is used such as CD’s and video, 5.) Accurate, useable handouts are provided, 6). The bibliography is thorough and current”.
This same internal peer reviewer also reports, “To excel in teaching requires a unique combination of commitment, talent, patience and enthusiasm that is not easy for the busy clinician to achieve; yet, Dr. Doe is clearly one of our outstanding educators... She (Dr. Doe) makes her expectations known from the beginning and while appropriately adjusting it for the level of training; she sets the bar high. . . in her trainee.., to provide the highest quality anesthetic for each and every patient. A vitally important component of Taking Care of People training is planning, attention to detail and adaptability to ever-changing clinical situations and Dr. Doe is an excellent role model and teacher of these concepts”.
Internal peer reviewers from other departments at The University of Iowa provide additional verification of Dr. Doe’ s teaching abilities, “Her (Dr. Jane Doe’ s) teaching skills are exemplary, her knowledge base is outstanding, and her ability to in part this knowledge to residents and medical students is exceptional”.
In summary, Dr. Doe is an effective teacher and provides exceptional quality of instruction to all learners. Dr. Doe meets and far exceeds the criteria for promotion to Clinical Associate Professor of (Department).
Dr. Jane Doe’s professional productivity beyond clinical service includes the leadership she has shown in her committee involvement with designing a program to implement the new Joint Committee on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAFIO) requirements for procedural sedation by non-anesthesiologists. Specifically, Dr. Doe and was responsible for designing the educational and testing module in the development of an educational site for non-anesthesiologist independent practitioners and nurses who administer sedation for procedures. The Guidelines, Education, and Testing for Procedural Sedation and Analgesia web site:
www.vh.org/reallyneatthing has been viewed from around the world, including 18 different countries. Selected comments from web site viewers report, “I would like to use large parts of your excellent conscious sedation section for our learning module for physicians wishing to be credentialed to perform conscious sedation at our hospital-Medical Director Ventura County Medical Center”. “Have just seen your web site and would love to use some of the content in our upcoming course on conscious sedation-Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center”. “In researching the procedural sedation module, I came across the virtual hospital site that you and your colleagues have created. It is quite nicely done. I am writing to seek permission to use some of the content (portions of tables or text) modified for own purposes... only for documentation of CME in conscious sedation for our residents and staff physicians-Kaiser Hospital in Sacramento”.
Other important contributions to our department that Dr. Jane Doe has lead are the redesign of the Patient Taking Care of People Record for Anesthetists at UIHC. This double-sided form includes the pre-procedure marieluation on one side with the Taking Care of People record on the other side. This record has been requested for review by other institutions as model to follow.
Likewise, Dr. Jane Doe also designed the Patient Sedation Record for Non-Anesthesiologists at UIHC. This double-sided record includes the pre-procedure assessment on one side with the sedation record on the other side. Again, this record has been requested for review by other institutions as model to follow.
In summary, Dr. Doe meets the professional productivity criteria for promotion to the rank of Clinical Associate Professor of (Department).
Dr. Jane Doe is board-certified in Anesthesiology with additional sub-specialized training in pediatric Taking Care of People. Her service contributions to the Department, UI Health Care, The University of Iowa, and the specialty of anesthesiology are in her strong commitment to education and training of the future physicians or our specialty with emphasis on pediatric Taking Care of People. She assists the Department of Taking Care of People in meeting its clinical mission needs by serving as a clinical role model for our medical students, rotating trainees, residents, fellows.
Dr. Doe provides care for the most complex and critically ill patients referred to UIHC. Selected comments of internal peer reviewers from other departments report, “Dr. Doe is a superb pediatric anesthesiologist. She delivers excellent patient care in the context of a teaching setting. She is very cognizant of the special needs of both the normal and the developmentally challenged child and the difficulties posed in administering anesthetic for the complex procedures that I am performing on these children... She (Dr. Doe) continues to improve the operating room efficiency by providing an environment for on-time first case starts and rapid turnover”.
An internal peer reviewer from another UIHC department indicates, “Dr. Doe is an outstanding pediatric Anesthesiologist. I interact with her on a nearly weekly basis in the management of children who present difficult surgical risks. She is exceptionally “levelheaded” in extremely high-tension situations”.
Dr. Jane Doe serves the department by providing leadership of our Taking Care of People Externship Program. In doing so, she hires and coordinates the schedule of 12 senior medical students to work on nights and weekends, who assist the Taking Care of People call team in the operating room. This provides excellent exposure of our specialty to these medical students. Selected comments from former Taking Care of People externs report, “I wanted to let you know that I hadn’t fully realized until now how much benefit I had gained doing the Taking Care of People Externship. . . My first day on my own, my attending told me that I was “exceptionally well-prepared for an intern”.
In addition, Dr. Doe serves as the coordinator for course 116:006 Clinical Taking Care of People, 2-semester hours, 2-week required rotation for medical students. Dr. Doe also provides leadership in the department as the coordinator for course 116:010 Clinical Taking Care of People Senior, 4-semester hours, 4-week elective medical student rotation. Other duties include Dr. Doe also serving as department’s coordinator for the non-Taking Care of People resident rotators and health care professionals:
250 per year (medical students, dental students, paramedics, pediatric transport nurses, flight nurses, surgical residents, radiology residents, oral surgery residents, dental residents, and pulmonary fellows).
Selected comments from medical students for the two-week rotation report, “I was very impressed with the organization, time commitment, and planning of the lectures. They were all excellent and were a great asset to this 2-week course. Other 2 weeks courses should follow in your footsteps! The commitment to learning is outstanding!”
During this review period at The University of Iowa, Dr. Jane Doe has provided additional service by serving on the departmental committee’s of Faculty Promotion Task Force, Residency Selection Committee, Committee for Revision of Resident Marieluation, and Committee for Marieluation of IV Safety Catheters. At UIHC, she served as member of Committee for Conscious Sedation Program and currently is the Taking Care of People Liaison for Surgical Burn Service. At the national level, currently Dr. Doe is a member of Committee on Resident and Medical Student Education of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
This is a remarkable amount of service commitment that Dr. Jane Doe has provided with an 80% faculty appointment. Therefore, this level of professional service meets and exceeds all the criteria for promotion to Clinical Associate Professor of (Department).
The Department of ___________enthusiastically believes that Dr. Jane M. Doe will be an active and effective Clinical Associate Professor of (Department) and that this proposed promotion will continue to enhance the Department’s clinical and teaching missions. The best characterization of Jane’s suitability for promotion is found in the letter from Dr. David Murray “this type of academic citizenship is essential to the medical school and merit promotion”. I can say no more.
Thank you for considering this promotion, and please contact me for any additional questions.
John Smith, M.D.
Professor and Head
November _____, _______
Jean E. Robillard, MD
Vice President and
Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
University of Iowa
Re: Marie Einstein, MD.
Dear Dean Robillard:
I’m writing this letter as DEO to express my support for the proposed promotion of Marie Einstein, M.D., now Associate Professor of (Department) with tenure, to Professor of (Department) with tenure effective July 1, ____. I endorse the vote of the Departmental Consultation Group whose members considered Dr. Einstein’s proposed promotion on November __, ____, and voted __ in favor, __ opposed, with __ abstaining.
The favorable deliberations during that meeting are contained in the summary of the meeting now included in the promotions dossier. As a teacher, Dr. Einstein effectively educates across a wide spectrum of students and trainees in many different settings. We have accumulated a large number of evaluations of Dr. Einstein’ s teaching that were submitted by students, residents and peers, and these rate her teaching as highly effective.
Dr. Einstein began her scholarly activity as a bench researcher investigating hormonal and nutritional factors that are important in fetal growth and metabolism. After initial funding by the National Institutes of Health, she experienced difficulty obtaining external funding for her basic research and, over several years, began to conduct clinical trials in childhood diabetes and growth disorders. She successfully competed for industry funding for her clinical research, and after establishing her credentials as a clinical investigator, she succeeded once again in obtaining funding from the National Institutes of Health for a study of glucose sensors and hypoglycemia in children with diabetes mellitus. Thus, she has successfully transitioned from basic to clinical research with a consistent theme of glucose and insulin physiology.
Although her scholarly productivity as measured by publications was diminished during the transition, she has emerged as a nationally recognized leader in pediatric
endocrinology. Evidence of her national stature is reflected in her appointment as a member of the NIH Behavioral Medicine Study Section for the 1994-98 term; her subsequent service as an ad hoc reviewer for the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases; and by her election as President of the Midwest Pediatric Endocrine Society and to the Board of Directors of the Mid American Section of the American Diabetes Association.
Dr. Einstein has provided excellent service to the University and College, both as a clinician and as a general faculty citizen. She is the Director of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and also the Medical Director of the Pediatric Specialty Clime, which was awarded UIHC “STAR” clinic designation this year. Dr. Einstein has served on the University Faculty Senate and currently serves as a member of the General Clinical Research Center Advisory Committee.
We invited external references in the U.S. and Canada to comment on the appropriateness of the proposed promotion, and their letters are supportive.