Clinician-Scientist Merit Review
The Department of Medicine (DoM) Merit Review Committee exists to provide evidence based recommendations to the Chair of the Department pertinent to continuing salary support for clinician-scientists in the Department of Medicine. The committee is chaired by Dr. Kevin Kain and membership is determined annually depending on the number of applications to review.
- Only clinician-scientists are eligible
- Clinician-scientists who are coming off career awards or Clinician-Scientist Start-up Funding
- A Clinician-scientist who is funded by an Alternate Funding Plan or holds a career award or endowed chair is deemed ineligible
Merit Review Process
- An open call goes out to all Clinician Scientists in the Department of Medicine in December announcing the Merit Review Process for the following year, and detailing the eligibility criteria.
- In situations where eligible candidates are also undergoing Junior Review, the junior review process takes precedence and informs merit review.
- An annual orientation meeting of the merit review committee may be held at the beginning of January to review the process, if deemed necessary by the committee chair.
- Candidate information is received at the end of January (application deadline is included in the initial call) and stored in a central repository.
- Assignments for the primary and secondary review of each candidate (avoiding all known conflicts) are completed during the first week of February and provided to committee members.
- Reviewers are instructed to review all the files before applying a CIHR five-point scale to those files specifically allocated to them. They submit their ratings by mid-March.
- A two-hour review meeting is held mid-March to discuss differences in ratings, determine a consensus score and identify those worthy of consideration of an Eaton Scholarship.
- Recommendations of the Merit Review Committee are provided to the Department Chair for discussion with the physician-in-chief and incorporation into the candidate’s annual performance evaluation.
- All candidates will be notified of their merit review results by phone call and confirmed with a letter from the Department Chair in April.
- Candidates performing below the bar are subject to 1:1 remedial reviews after 12 months with the Department Chair or Vice-Chair, Research, before being subject to full merit review at 24 months.