When scholarship is the primary contribution:
- Investigative independence is expected since it can be a useful marker of substantive scholarly contributions.
- In most cases, faculty members whose primary contribution is through scholarship will have a record of external funding, which is often viewed as an indicator of how the work is regarded in the field and may likewise be relevant to an assessment of the ability of a faculty member to carry out an excellent program of scholarly activity that advances clinical medicine.
When scholarship is the secondary contribution:
- While it can be a useful marker of substantial scholarly contribution, investigative independence is not an absolute requirement.
- Likewise, although it can be useful in assessing matters such as distinction, including regional or national reputation, external funding is not a requirement. However, some departments may view external funding to be relevant to an assessment of a faculty member’s ability to carry out an excellent program of scholarly activity that advances clinical medicine. Under such circumstances, faculty may be expected to pursue funding opportunities from a variety of sources (including governmental agencies, foundations and industry) whenever appropriate.