Last updated Feb. 15, 2024.

The ability to pursue diverse career paths is one of the distinguishing features of WashU Medicine faculty and sets us apart as a top medical school. Your work in all our mission areas is essential for WashU to be a leading, thriving academic medical center. With this in mind, the school’s leadership has placed a priority on updating and modernizing our faculty Appointments & Promotions Guidelines and Requirements (APGAR). This revision process is currently underway.

Modernization of the APGAR is designed to benefit individual faculty, the School of Medicine, and university as a whole. We aim to provide appropriate flexibility to reward the full range of faculty activities at WashU Medicine and celebrate the diversity of careers in academic medicine.

Voting is now open!

Cast your ballot: Feb. 13 – March 4, 2024

To vote, you will be asked to log into the ballot using your WUSTL Key. Voting is open to eligible members of the Faculty Council; see eligibility details below. All votes are completely confidential.

Voting will remain open for 21 days, closing on March 4, 2024, at 6 p.m. Central Time. If you have questions or have difficulty logging in, please contact

Thank you for taking time to vote!

Voting members of the Faculty Council consist of all full or part-time (employed by WUSM at ≥ 0.5 FTE) faculty members with the rank of assistant professor, associate professor, and professor, including heads of departments. Instructors who have been employed by WUSM at ≥ 0.5 FTE for at least three years are also eligible.

About the APGAR modernization

The APGAR revision process was designed to be open and inclusive, and we thank the hundreds of faculty who provided feedback, attended departmental meetings, and participated in the town halls. Your input has shaped the revision in meaningful ways.  

Our goal is to foster your career development. More specifically, the modernized APGAR is intended to:

  • Reinforce the essential value of clinicians’ careers. Exceptional patient care is a crucial means of institutional impact and is ideally accomplished by multiple career phenotypes.
  • Strengthen how we recognize outstanding accomplishments in teaching and mentorship of students, trainees and faculty.
  • Emphasize and uphold the longstanding tradition of excellence in research at WashU School of Medicine, while expanding recognition of team science and entrepreneurship.

Background and process

A draft of the proposed APGAR changes is available in this Box folder, along with slides and FAQs. Faculty were asked to review the proposed updates and provide feedback in October 2023. The comment period closed on November 15th, 2023.

The Academic Affairs Committee voted to approve the proposed new APGAR on November 16th, 2023. The proposed draft was approved by the Executive Faculty on January 4th, 2024. In February and March 2024, the Faculty Council (all WashU Medicine faculty members) will vote on the changes. The vote will remain open for 21 days.

Prior to the vote, all faculty were invited to attend one of several town hall sessions held in late January. At these sessions, Renée Shellhaas, Associate Dean for Faculty Promotions and Career Development, shared details about the APGAR proposal and answered questions from attendees. Recordings of these sessions are also available in the Box folder.


APGAR revision drafted by the Office of Faculty Promotions & Career Development, in consultation with department and program leaders, the Academic Affairs Committee, the Dean’s leadership team, the Executive Faculty Task Force on Climate & Culture, and the Executive Committee of the Faculty Council

OCT – NOV 2023
Faculty comment period

NOV 2023 – JAN 2024
Final revision presented for votes by Academic Affairs Committee (approved 11/16/23) and then Executive Faculty (approved 1/4/24)

FEB 13 – MARCH 4 2024
Faculty Council (all faculty members at the School of Medicine) vote on the revised APGAR

2024 – 2025 ACADEMIC YEAR
Modernized APGAR implemented

This timeline is subject to change. Updated 2/14/24.