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About GFA Membership


Why Join the GFA?

The GFA is a thriving community rich with Faculty Affairs professionals affiliated with AAMC member institutions who are dedicated to advancing the academic missions of teaching hospitals and medical schools. The GFA offers many resources including the GFA listserv, professional development conferences, webinars, the mentoring circles and many more opportunities to connect and grow with and within the community. Members of the GFA have access to member-only content as well as peer-to-peer networking opportunities with members from 145 member institutions and teaching hospitals throughout the US and Canada. The GFA is an exemplary group for medical professionals in faculty affairs or faculty development roles who are looking to advance their knowledge and skills to prepare for the future of academic medicine.

Mission of the GFA?

The mission of the Group on Faculty Affairs (GFA) is to build and sustain faculty vitality in medical schools and teaching hospitals. The GFA supports 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.


How to Become a Member of the GFA

The dean of each member medical school and CEO of each member teaching hospital may appoint to the GFA one primary representative and additional persons from the faculty and staff who have administrative roles in faculty affairs and faculty development. Examples of eligible roles include: appointment, promotion and tenure oversight, faculty rewards and recognition, leadership and career development programs, mentoring programs, faculty recruitment, retention and diversity initiatives.

Where more than one person is appointed from an institution, a primary representative is designated to receive and respond to formal GFA correspondence.

All GFA members have the privileges of the floor in all discussions and are entitled to vote.

GFA Member Engagement

  • Participate in discussions on the GFA Listserv by posting and responding to colleagues’ queries.
  • Serve as a mentor to new GFA colleagues or sign up as a mentee in the GFA Mentoring Circle.
  • Attend and participate in a future GFA Professional Development Conference.
  • Submit a proposal for a poster or podium presentation at an upcoming GFA Professional Development Conference.
  • Maintain your institution’s Faculty Roster Data by working with the AAMC Faculty Roster team. (Contact: Hershel Alexander, Ph.D.)
  • Contribute a piece for the GFA New Members Tool Kit, a topic-based guide for faculty affairs leaders, or the MedEDPORTAL.
  • Nominate a GFA colleague for the Carole J. Bland Phronesis Award.
  • Complete surveys for GFA faculty data.
  • Consider nominating a GFA colleague to serve on one of our subcommittees or rise to the challenge yourself!
  • Participate in a GFA webinar (a live audio/visual presentation hosted on the Web).
  • Provide feedback on how we can best serve you as a GFA member by emailing gfa@aamc.org.

Join the GFA

To become a GFA member:

  • Send an email requesting membership to Valarie Clark, MPA at vclark@aamc.org. Please include your name, title, and institution.
  • Ms. Clark will email your institution’s dean/hospital CEO and primary GFA representative to approve you as a new member.

    • Please note, the primary representative may approve new members on behalf of the Dean or CEO with his or her permission.
  • Once Ms. Clark receives approval, a welcome packet will be sent via email.

Categories of Membership:

Primary GFA Representatives – one per AAMC member medical school or teaching hospital – designated by the Dean of the school or CEO of the hospital.
Additional GFA Representatives – faculty members whose work is directly connected to Faculty Affairs and/or Faculty Development.
Professional Administrative Staff GFA Representatives – medical school or teaching hospital staff members (not faculty members) whose work is directly connected to Faculty Affairs and/or Faculty Development.

Friends of the GFA

People who are interested in the Faculty Affairs and/or Faculty Development work (who may not have a medical school/teaching hospital affiliation) should contact Valarie Clark at vclark@aamc.org.

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