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January 14, 1998

Promotion Criteria for Clinician-Educators

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;279(2):116. doi:10.1001/jama.279.2.113

To the Editor.—Perhaps it is comforting to some readers and clinician-educators to think that medical school promotion committees consider teaching contributions important when making promotion decisions about faculty clinician-educators, as indicated in the findings of a survey of promotion committee chairs reported by Dr Beasley and colleagues.1However, we need to remember that what is important to the faculty members at issue—and to the future of medical education—is not what promotion committees say, but what they do.