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Group on Faculty Affairs (GFA)

The mission of the GFA is to build and sustain faculty vitality in medical schools and teaching hospital. The GFA does this by supporting faculty affairs deans and administrators in their development and implementation of institutional policies and professional development activities that advance the academic missions of teaching, research, and clinical care.


In September 2006, the AAMC Executive Council approved a proposal to establish the new Group on Faculty Affairs (GFA). The GFA supports institutional leaders in the development and enactment of policies and programs that advance the academic missions of teaching, research, and clinical care.

The GFA supports the work of faculty affairs professionals by:

  • Facilitating dialogue, debate and communication on emerging issues and challenges to faculty in medical schools;
  • Developing and sharing effective policies and strategies;
  • Fostering professional development of faculty relevant to faculty and institutional policies and practices and career pathways;
  • Encouraging research and scholarship relevant to faculty and institutional policies and practices; this includes measuring and analyzing outcomes of professional development;
  • Promoting professional development of faculty affairs professionals; and
  • Collaborating with other AAMC Groups, Councils, and constituencies to create synergy that contributes to faculty vitality and thriving institutions.


Academic Medicine Collection on Faculty Affairs

This new collection features articles and reports published in Academic Medicine that are about issues important to faculty: development, mentoring, leadership, career tracks, and more. This collection is updated bimonthly by Academic Medicine journal staff.

Evolution of Faculty Affairs Article Published in Academic Medicine

How have faculty affairs and faculty development offices grown in the last ten years? The "Evolution of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development Offices in U.S. Medical Schools: A 10-Year Follow-up Survey" is now available as an ahead-of-print electronic publication on the Academic Medicine Web site. The authors hope that the information obtained will assist existing and new medical schools determine the optimal roles, responsibilities and distribution of effort for their own offices of faculty affairs.

2013-2015 GFA Strategic Plan

Last year, the GFA Steering Committee undertook an extensive strategic planning process using feedback from the GFA membership through a survey and focus groups with key stakeholders. The steering committee used this feedback to define important goals to accomplish between now and 2015 to meet our mission and serve the needs of faculty affairs and faculty development leaders and their institutions.

GFA Membership and How to Get Involved

News and Announcements

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GFA NOW (News of the Week) is a twice-monthly email newsletter and a one-stop shop for brief news bites on AAMC and GFA programs, research, and other news relevant to faculty affairs and faculty development. Complete the brief form below to subscribe.

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2014 GFA Professional Development Conference

Jul. 17-20, 2014

Upcoming Meetings

Future GFA Professional Development Conferences
2014: Jul. 17-20 - Boston

2015 GFA and GDI Joint Professional Development Conference: Jun. 25-28 - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Faculty Forward

Faculty Forward

A collaborative partnership among the AAMC, medical schools, and teaching hospitals to make academic medical centers great places to work.