Why is a Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) appointment important?

  • A TUSM appointment is required for all faculty participating in medical student education
  • New, junior and transferring faculty expect an opportunity for advancement
  • MMC’s academic “appointment profile” is a benchmark of our performance in faculty development, mentorship, academic achievement and efforts to improve diversity and inclusion
  • TUSM appointment and promotion process can become an important tool in achieving individual and organizational academic goals

Tools to get started:

TUSM CV Template

TUSM Teaching Portfolio Template

TUSM Teaching Portfolio Instructions

TUSM Faculty Appointments and Promotions Handbook 

Professor Clinician/Investigator Table 4

FAQ for Referee Letters



Understanding your role in the promotions process:

Role of Department Chief

  • Meet with candidate to review CV and identify appropriate rank/track modifier; confer with TUSM Chair as needed
  • Meet with candidate to review referee list
  • Solicit and track referee letters using TUSM tracking template
  • Prepare letter addressed to Tufts counterpart and submit to IFPC with completed dossier

Role of Candidate

  • Submit Tufts formatted CV to Chief
  • Submit referee list, teaching portfolio and publications to Chief


What are the initial appointments for new, junior or transferring faculty?

  • Junior Level Appointment (Instructor, Assistant Professor)

      – encouraged for recent GME graduates, faculty not seeking promotion

      – requires TUSM format CV, Chief letter, non-compensated form

  • Placeholder (“Visiting”) Appointment

      – ideal for faculty transferring from another medical school seeking senior TUSM rank

      – requires TUSM format CV, Chief letter, non-compensated form

      – facilitates, doesn’t replace formal appointment process

  • Adjunct Appointment

      – designed for faculty who wish to retain a primary appointment at another school

      – requires TUSM format CV, Chief letter, non-compensated form


Where do the most issues come up during the promotions process?

  • CV

     – Not in TUSM format, errors in content (eg. rank from prior medical school)

     – Incorrect or absent current TUSM rank and/or date of appointment

  • Rank/Track/Prototype

– Candidate record doesn’t fit handbook description

– Failure to confer with TUSM Chair

– Inconsistent description in documents

  • Referee Letters

     – Incorrect number, type (internal/external)

     – External criteria not met or letter content doesn’t match criteria

     – Letter cites incorrect rank/prototype or “timed out”

  • Timeliness