Health Programs Faculty Appointment System Handbook

This Handbook describes an appointment system for clinician faculty members appointed on a paid basis in the Colleges of Human, Osteopathic, Veterinary Medicine and Nursing. Faculty members appointed in the basic biological or behavioral science areas within the medical colleges are not appointed in the HP system.

The Health Programs Faculty Appointment System (HP) is predicated on the need of the medical and nursing colleges of Michigan State University to expand and enhance their programs in clinical education, patient care service, and clinical research through a planned expansion of patient care services and community outreach. In order to meet the personnel needs of these missions, it is essential that the medical and nursing colleges gradually increase the number of clinician faculty resources supporting each of these essential functions. Given the declining general fund base support for these colleges, essential growth in faculty resources must be supported through a combination of patient care income and other clinically and service related revenues.

The medical and nursing colleges of Michigan State University are committed to the tenure system as the basic faculty appointment track of the University. The colleges of medicine and nursing would not exist as academic entities without a sufficient number of tenure system faculty to provide continuous support to both academic and clinical programs. The Health Programs Faculty Appointment System is a supplement to the tenure system, which requires teaching, research and clinical service in the medical and nursing colleges. 



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