It is our goal to help Department of Medicine faculty members achieve their career goals, including appointments and promotions.

Washington University School of Medicine has a long-standing tradition of excellence in teaching, research and patient care. The school’s future as a premier institution depends on the timely and fair consideration of its faculty with respect to appointments and promotions.

Career planning

The department recognizes four faculty career pathways, each with a set of specific criteria that reflect the needs of each faculty member.

Guidelines and requirements

Department of Medicine faculty are subject to promotion guidelines and requirements both at the department and School of Medicine levels.


Annual Faculty Evaluation Form

The Department of Medicine has created a new DOM Faculty Evaluation Form (pdf) (password protected) for faculty to use. Learn everything you should know about the new form by viewing the Audio-Recording (mp4) and PowerPoint (ppt) from the virtual session hosted by the Office of Faculty Development and presented by Dr. Hilary Babcock and Dr. Sharon Cresci.


One of the most important resources you will use when navigating this process are the Appointments and Promotions Guidelines and Requirements “APGAR”, which apply to all School of Medicine faculty.

A faculty vote to ratify the updated amendments of the APGAR document was completed in April 2014. The amendments were affirmed overwhelmingly.


Use the Biosketch Template and Biosketch Instructions to create and update your Biosketch. Bernard Becker Medical Library provides sessions and resources on the NIH Biosketch and NCBI SciENcv.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

All Department of Medicine faculty should create a Curriculum Vitae (CV) in the Washington University School of Medicine format. The Department of Medicine has created a CV template with guidelines and provided sample CVs written by DOM faculty to help faculty avoid common mistakes. DOM faculty should use the DOM CV template when creating and updating their CV.

Clinician Educator Portfolio (CEP)

In addition to a CV, all Department of Medicine clinician track faculty must submit a Clinician Educator Portfolio (CEP). Although the traditional emphasis for academic success has focused on the research environment, the CEP highlights other scholarly activities, making this body of work visible and peer-reviewable.

Letters of Reference and Support

The Office of Faculty Development recently held a workshop on writing letters of reference and support. The workshop provided a general overview followed by a panel discussion of WUSM faculty experts.