Mentoring IV: Essentials of Promotion and Tenure for Mentoring

0.5 Continuing Education Credit Hours

Category: Mentorship

Promotion and tenure remain two of the most sought after goals among physicians and scientists in academic medicine. However, given the focus of academic institutions on achieving the "tripartite mission" of clinical care, scholarship and education and the increasing number of specialty tracks, navigating the process of promotion can be a daunting task for the junior faculty member. Despite formal education and access to online written guidelines, junior faculty are often left with questions such as:

"What are the expectations for promotion on my track?"
"When should I think about promotion and who can tell me if I am ready?"
"Am I on the right track?"

In this module, we present an overview of promotion and tenure including their significance, a review of the various tracks, the importance of the mentor/mentee relationship as well as providing keys to the successful planning of promotion and tenure.


Patrick Nana-Sinkam, M.D.

Dr. Nana-Sinkam graduated from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in 1996. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan in 1999 and served an additional year as Chief Medical Resident.  Following completion of his residency, he conducted a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Colorado/National Jewish Health.

While at Colorado, Dr. Nana-Sinkam developed an NIH funded research program focused on genomics of lung disease. In addition, he served as the associate director of the clinical training program. In 2006, he joined The Ohio State University College of Medicine faculty as an attending physician in the Division of Pulmonary Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine (PACCS). Since his arrival, he has developed a successful extramural funded research program focused on novel diagnostic biomarkers and therapeutics in lung cancer.

He is the author of over 120 scientific manuscripts, reviews, editorials, book chapters and abstracts and is a sought after speaker in the area of lung cancer biomarkers. In addition, he has served as co-director of research programs in the division of PACCS and currently serves as the director of the James Cancer Center Lung Cancer Early Detection Program. Dr. Nana-Sinkam has mentored over 20 clinical and research pre and postdoctoral trainees. His interests include faculty and trainee career development and leadership training.


  1. List the reasons promotion and tenure are so valued in academic medical centers.
  2. Understand the historical importance of tenure.
  3. Understand the importance of creating a personal timeline for promotion and tenure.
  4. Identify key expectations of mentors and mentees in achieving promotion.
  5. Understand the portfolio and what is needed at every stage.

Online Module

When completing the on-line module you will be presented with learning objectives, brief cases, questions for reflection (not scored), and interactive lessons with hyperlinks to engage you along the way. Once you complete the lessons, you will be presented with the Post Test (which requires a score of 80%) and then the Module Evaluation, followed by the opportunity to print your Continuing Education Certificate. Modules remain available for your future reference once you have completed them.