The American Association of University Professors has noted a trend in salaries for medical school faculty. Officials appear to be embracing a model where the salaries they set for faculty are not the salary medical schools are obligated to pay. Instead, medical schools now appear to treat salary determinations more like fundraising goals--with the onus on faculty to find their salaries elsewhere, usually through grants that bring in not just faculty salaries but "overhead" payments to universities.
This post includes a recent discussion by the Pennsylvania AAUP of this practice at the University of Pittsburgh, "The University of Pittsburgh Medical School Abandons Commitments to Salaries Creates a Virulent Form of Post-Tenure Review". Please let us know about any similar approaches to salary at your institution.