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About CFAS

The Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS) provides a strong voice for academic societies and academic faculty within the AAMC’s governance and leadership structures. It is comprised of 350 faculty representatives appointed by member medical schools and academic societies. CFAS has disseminated AAMC advocacy sign-on letters to academic societies; actively participated in a number of AAMC meetings, workshops, and events; and published a meeting session created by CFAS as a paper in Academic Medicine. CFAS reps have engaged in the National Academies of Medicine Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience, which is co-sponsored by the AAMC, ACGME, and more than 30 other health professions organizations. CFAS reps have also presented multiple sessions at the AAMC’s annual meeting along with other AAMC-sponsored seminars and professional development conferences.

Additionally, CFAS has engaged in an AAMC initiative to study salary equity issues among clinical chairs at member institutions, published the online "CFAS Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit," and maintained the AAMC’s “Well-Being in Academic Medicine” website. CFAS also maintains an advocacy webpage on and has taken the lead in an ongoing effort to define faculty. The council is charged with:

  • Identifying critical issues facing faculty members of medical schools;
  • Providing a voice for faculty about those issues to the AAMC as they relate to creation and implementation of the AAMC’s programs, services, and policies; and
  • Serving as a communications conduit with faculty regarding matters related to the core missions of academic medicine.

    CFAS Progress Report

CFAS Membership

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There are two pathways to CFAS membership.

Medical school designation:
Each AAMC member medical school may appoint two representatives, one faculty member within 10 years of initial career faculty appointment, the other a department chair, division chief, institute/center director, or comparable leader.

Society designation:
Each member academic society may appoint two representatives, one representative within 10 years of society membership, the other a more senior member of the society.

Together the CFAS representatives elect a 15-member administrative board to lead the council’s activities. The chair and chair-elect of CFAS serve as ex officio members of the AAMC Board of Directors.

Terms of Office:
Representatives shall serve three-year terms, with no more than two consecutive terms. Individual representatives are eligible for reappointment after one term off the Council. If a medical school representative leaves his or her faculty position, that seat is re-opened for the school to fill.

To learn more about CFAS operations and Council structure, please read our Rules and Regulations .

CFAS Active Societies List

To inquire about membership or make a CFAS designation, please contact

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