Report of the Task Force on Clinical Faculty

PDAD&C #33, 2002-2003

M E M O R A N D U M

TO:   Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
FROM:   Shirley Neuman, Vice-President and Provost
DATE:   December 20, 2002
RE:   Report of the Task Force on Clinical Faculty

In January 2002, a task force was struck to examine issues related to clinical faculty at the University of Toronto and make recommendations on how the relationship between clinical faculty and the University can be optimized. Last month, in PDAD&C #27 I forwarded you the Report of the Task Force on Clinical Faculty, which is available on the web at www.utoronto.ca/provost/tfcf.

I have now completed by new review of the report and my administrative can be found at www.utoronto.ca/provost/tfcf/response.htm.

I believe that the recommendations of the Task Force provide a landmark opportunity for the University to develop a collaborative mechanism with the teaching hospitals and practice plans to clarify the roles and responsibilities of clinical faculty and to provide a clear mechanism for ensuring the University's role in protecting their academic freedom. This addresses a clear gap in current policy.

The Task Force recommendations have the broad endorsement of the clinical leadership of the faculty, including the elected representatives on the hospital Medical Staff Associations. Presently, the Ontario Ministry of Health, the hospitals and the practice plans are in the midst of negotiating new arrangements for alternate funding mechanisms for academic clinicians. It is important that the University's principles, as outlined in the Task Force report, are articulated clearly and early as these new arrangements are developed.

Accordingly, I am accepting the recommendations of the Task Force, and as outlined in my response, moving forward to have them implemented. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the Task Force, who volunteered their time to help our institution in addressing this very important issue.