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CFAS members have a wide range of services, tools, and news digests available to them through the AAMC.

CFAS News: This newsletter reports on the comings and goings of major figures at medical schools and teaching hospitals; the trends and trendsetters influencing the field; and news and happenings in biomedical research, medical education, and patient care. Subscribe to CFAS News and check out “People of Academic Medicine” (PDF) page for a running list of academic appointments, promotions, and departures.

CFAS Rep Update Newsletter: A newsletter sent every other month for and about CFAS. Contents include updates on planning for future meetings, rep profiles, academic society profiles, and information about key advocacy issues. Read the latest issue (July 2019).

CFAS Knowledge Sharing Techniques (PDF): A resource that describes how CFAS reps can share information about CFAS with their home institutions, along with other ways to be an effective CFAS rep.

CFAS Tweet Chats: CFAS hosts several tweet chats every year on hot topics in academic medicine, bringing together faculty members at academic health centers and academic society representatives across the country to engage in a robust conversation on Twitter to share best practices and discuss important issues from a breadth of perspectives and disciplines. For every CFAS tweet chat, anyone is free to participate using #CFASChat and #AAMCCFAS. Learn about the latest CFAS tweet chat about diversity and inclusion (PPT).

2018 CFAS Demographic Survey Final Results: In 2018, the CFAS Administrative Board developed and disseminated a demographic survey to all CFAS reps to better serve them with programming, products, and services. An executive summary (PDF) of the survey is also available.

Resources for New & Current CFAS Representatives


Meetings & Professional Development Resources

2019 CFAS Spring Meeting: Plenary topics at the 2019 meeting included addressing sexual harassment in academic medicine, topics in bioethics and health policy, and preparing faculty for changes in medical education. A summary of the meeting and other presentations are available here.

CFAS Society Summit: Academic society leaders and representatives gathered in Washington, D.C. for the first CFAS Society Summit, a daylong event that convened executives of AAMC-member societies with AAMC leaders to create and reinforce a stronger connection between the association and its member societies. Summary materials and speaker presentations are available for download and dissemination here.

Learn Serve Lead 2018: The AAMC Annual Meeting: The 2018 meeting was attended by more than 4,600 academic medicine leaders, clinicians, scientists, and educators, including more than 120 CFAS representatives. Plenary topics included the surprising and inspiring science of success, insights into the current state and future direction of academic medicine, a keynote session on confronting gender bias and sexual harassment by Anita Hill, JD, and a discussion about how four doctors learned to cultivate empathy and resilience from adverse life experiences.


AAMC Learning and Leadership Activities for Faculty

  • Being a Resilient Leader. A two-day interactive workshop that covers what it is to be a resilient leader and how to exercise leadership to achieve desired results, sustained impact, long-term professional engagement, and personal satisfaction.
  • Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar. Provides women at the assistant professor or instructor level with the knowledge and skills required to navigate the academic medicine enterprise, as well as to continue on the path to leadership.
  • Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar. Builds knowledge and skills required for leadership in academic medicine.
  • Executive Development Seminar for Aspiring Leaders. Participants gain knowledge vital to leadership, including organizational culture and management, interpersonal and inter-organizational communication strategies, and personnel management.
  • What You Don't Know: The Science of Unconscious Bias and What to Do About It in the Search and Recruitment Process. E-learning, created for academic medicine audiences, to acquaint search committees and others with research to help mitigate effects of unconscious bias.
  • Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Certificate Program. Designed for early to mid-career faculty, a new two-year, cohort-based program that provides a foundation in leadership best practices and recognized models key to advancing as an educational leader within academic medicine.
  • Minority Faculty Career Development Seminar. Designed for junior faculty (senior clinical and research fellows, instructors, and assistant professors) and postdocs (MD, MD/PhDs, and PhDs) who aspire to leadership positions in academic medicine.
  • Mid-career Minority Faculty Development Seminar. A new pilot program designed for individuals at the associate professor level which addresses specific needs of mid-career faculty from a culturally responsive approach offering skill-building and strategies for pursuing career advancement in academic medicine.
  • AAMC Faculty-Focused Internal Working Group. To ensure strategic alignment of AAMC resources and activities related to faculty, an internal working group with representation from GFA, GWIMS, GDI, CFAS, GRMC, and GREAT, along with Faculty Forward, Continuing Medical Education, and Diversity Policy and Programs was formed in 2014. The group meets regularly and has recently agreed to collaborate on an FY16 project focused on developing a resource library for faculty transitions.
  • Additionally, several AAMC affinity groups feature faculty-focused programming at their annual professional development meetings. The 2014 GFA/GDI Joint Conference featured a Faculty resilience seminar, and the 2014 CFAS Spring Meeting featured a faculty resilience plenary session. Faculty resilience will carry over as a central theme in future CFAS meetings.


AAMC-wide Initiatives Integrating or Targeting Faculty

  • Wellbeing in Academic Medicine. Well-being in academic medicine has emerged as a critical issue facing faculty, physicians, and researchers. These resources help explain and address the challenges.
  • StandPoint Surveys. A central element of a suite of services designed to help institutions assess faculty needs and implement strategic, evidence-based changes to enhance individual and organizational outcomes. The full-service survey administration includes all technical and communications assistance, provides executive summaries and peer benchmarking reports across ranges of demographics and department variables, and offers customizable options.
  • Convey. An AAMC initiative to relieve the regulatory burden on faculty by providing a secure online system that promises to simplify the process for faculty, researchers, and physicians who submitting financial interest disclosures by serving as a single repository of all financial interests and disclosures made.
  • Workgroup to Define Faculty. The AAMC leadership asked CFAS to lead in a multi-affinity group effort to define faculty and reach consensus on some of the key questions and issues related to who, exactly, comprises faculty at U.S. academic medical centers. The group will meet in person and via conference calls several times throughout 2015, and will conclude its work by writing and submitting to the AAMC Board of Directors a white paper stating its position and making recommendations.


AAMC Data and Services about Faculty

  • AAMC Faculty Roster. This database provides online access to a variety of school-specific reports, national reports, and benchmarking reports on full-time faculty and chairs. Faculty roster reports include data on retention, promotion, alumni, demographics, degrees, and departments. Users can analyze trends on full-time faculty from 1966 to the present.
  • AAMC Faculty Salary Survey. This database provides faculty access to compensation information broken out in a variety of ways, such as by department/specialty, degree, and rank, as well as by a medical school’s private status and region of the country. Standard data displays are available to member medical schools in a paper publication as well as an online format.
  • The State of Women in Academic Medicine. A biennial report presents the findings of the Women in Medicine and Science Benchmarking Survey and describes the representation of women in academic medicine (from applicants to medical school across key career stages). The data and recommendations are designed to support advocacy for the advancement of women in academic medicine.

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