Clinical Academic Appointments (MD)


  • Clinical Faculty: An individual or individuals, licensed to practice medicine in Ontario and holding a Medical-Dental staff appointment on the Active Staff (or equivalent) of a fully-affiliated teaching hospital or community teaching hospital, or an affiliated community practice or, less often, working in a community clinic, industry or in private practice, and appointed as clinical faculty in a Faculty of Medicine clinical department.
  • Academic Activities: Research, creative professional activity as defined in University policy, teaching (including provisions of clinical care that may involve supervision of students, residents, or other clinical trainees, academic administration or work that is deemed by the Faculty of Medicine to be directly in support of University academic work by other clinical faculty.

Academic Appointment Categories (Clinical Faculty) – Full Time, Part Time, Adjunct:

The clinical academic faculty appointment group is based on the time engaged in Department of Psychiatry academic activities.

  • Full-time appointment is given to clinical candidates who spend 80-100% of their time involved in university activities and who are members of a conforming practice plan.
  • Part-time appointment is given to clinical candidate who spend 20-79% of their time involved in the academic mission.
  • Adjunct appointment is given to clinical candidates who spend 19% or less of their time involved in the University academic mission.

For detailed descriptions, see pg 45-46 in the Procedures Manual for the Policy for Clinical (MD) Faculty.

Ranks (Clinical Faculty)

  • Lecturer - The usual entry level rank for faculty.

  • Assistant Professor – Initial appointment at this rank requires the successful completion of a recognized graduate program or an advanced training experience deemed to be equivalent to a Master’s level program in a field related to current academic work. Normally, the degree program must have been completed as documented by a successful defense of a thesis and awarding the degree prior to the submission of the request for appointment. Normally, the thesis results in at least one first authored scholarly publication in a high quality peer reviewed journal.

  • Associate Professor - Initial appointment at this rank requires the candidate to have academic productivity and / or local or regional distinction. Faculty members may be promoted to Associate Professor after five years at Assistant Professor.

  •  Professor – Initial appointment at this rank requires the candidate to have national/international levels of academic distinction and/or extreme productivity.

See FAAC manual for detailed rank criteria.

Application Process (Clinical Faculty)

Please refer to the table below for required documents to be attached with your online application.

All documents must be dated within 1 year of the application submission, with the exception of the Certificate of Professional Conduct (see note below).

“Professoriate rank” refers to Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Full Professor rank.





Online application form





  • WebCV format is required for Assistant / Associate / Full Professor)
  • Pay particular attention to the formatting of the Publications section
  • Delete headers for any empty sections




Teaching Dossier

Only required for Clinician Teachers at professoriate rank (optional for others)



CPSO Certificate of Professional Conduct (CPC)

  • Individual must provide a Certificate of Professional Conduct (CPC) with a date of issue within one year of the time of submission to us (this requirement applies regardless of if the individual has been at their clinical site continuously or not). If the hospital is not able to provide the CPC, applicant must request one from the CPSO to: Karelle Pickersgill, Appointments Coordinator, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, 250 College St Suite 832,
  • Photocopied versions with the “void” watermark can only be accepted if they are emailed directly from the hospital coordinator




Psychiatrist-in-Chief (PIC) support letter




U of T Division Director support letter




Academic Position Description (APD)

  • Must be signed by PIC, Division Director and faculty member
  • “Description / Comments” column must be filled out

Clinical (MD) Adjunct

Clinician Teacher – Full-Time

Clinician Teacher – Part-Time

Clinician Educator – Full Time

Clinician Educator – Part-Time

Clinician Administrator

Clinician Investigator

Clinician Scientist

Clinician-Quality Improvement




2 reference letters

  • All reference letters must be on letterhead and signed
  • Can come internally (U of T faculty) or externally


Only required for professoriate rank

Formal search documentation

  • PIC letter should include: search committee members and how many were U of T faculty at professoriate rank; number of applicants for the role and any known demographic information of candidates; brief summary of the rationale for the selection of the successful candidate
  • Copies of job posting (U of T job board and elsewhere)

Only required if formal search occurred


Academic Position Description Categories

The categories, criteria, and conditions of appointments, shall be based on academic position descriptions. All submitted applications MUST use the Department of Psychiatry templates below.

Note: Please obtain the signature of the Division Director before submitting the APD. Contact information for Division Directors can be found here.