Faculty Affairs and Professional Development

Perelman School of Medicine

University of Pennsylvania


The Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty of the Perelman School of Medicine (ASEF-PSOM) serves to enhance the careers of the emeritus faculty by encouraging them to remain a part of the community of scholars in the School of Medicine. The Association also serves to support the senior faculty by raising awareness of the full range of retirement options available to them, whether they are planning to retire within two years or two decades.



2014-15 Letter from the President

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PASEF/ASEF-PSOM Luncheon

Thursday, February 26, 2015

12:00 p.m.

Olivia S. Mitchell: Financial Literacy and Financial Decision-making

Dr. Mitchell recently completed an assessment of a rapidly growing body of economic research on financial literacy. She will discuss recent theoretical research that casts financial knowledge as a form of investment in human capital. She will present findings from recent surveys that show how much (or how little) people know, and identify the least financially savvy population subgroups. Dr. Mitchell will address how financial literacy affects economic decision-making. She will conclude her lecture with some thoughts on what remains to be learned if researchers are to better inform theoretical and empirical models as well as public policy.

Dr. Olivia S. Mitchell is the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Professor, as well as Professor of Insurance/Risk Management and Business Economics/Policy; Executive Director of the Pension Research Council; and Director of the Boettner Center on Pensions and Retirement Research; all at the Wharton School.

Dr. Mitchell's lecture is sponsored by the ASEF-PSOM/PASEF Program Committee.

The lecture will be held in the Hourglass Room in the University Club in the Inn at Penn. Lunch is available for a modest cost.




ASEF-PSOM/PASEF Luncheon

Thursday, March 5, 2015

12:00 p.m.

Charles L. Nelson: Future Prospects of Hip and Knee Surgery

Charles L. Nelson, MD, is Chief of the Joint Replacement Service and an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he also served his residency. In addition, he was a recipient of a fellowship for Special Surgery. Dr. Nelson was recognized by Best Doctors in America in 2013-2014.

Dr. Nelson's lecture is sponsored by the ASEF-PSOM/PASEF Program Committee.

The lecture will be held in the Hourglass Room in the University Club in the Inn at Penn. Lunch is available for a modest cost.




Remembering with Smiles the ASEF-PSOM & PASEF

New Faculty Emeriti October 2014 Program and Reception

On a Fall Wednesday late afternoon and early evening on October 29th, 45 newly retired faculty from the University of Pennsylvania - of which 25 from 17 departments were members of the Perelman School of Medicine - were honored in a program and reception held at Sweeten Alumni House on a colorful tree-lined Locust Walk. The event was sponsored jointly for the second year by the Associations of Senior and Emeritus Faculty of the Perelman School of Medicine (ASEF-PSOM) and University (PASEF).

Greetings to the attendees were extended by former ASEF president, Anna Meadows, and current PASEF president, Jack Nagel, who then introduced our enthusiastic guest speaker Dr. Anita Allen, Vice Provost for Faculty. The amazing accomplishments of the 45 faculty, together with introspective and also humorous remembrances of their careers at Penn, were presented in short citations by Rob Roy MacGregor, past PASEF president, and Jeanne Myers, current ASEF president. Honorees were applauded and congratulated personally by many fellow colleagues. After the program portion, all enjoyed a reception of wine and a plentiful assortment of menu items, with - most importantly - time to exchange memories and talk about future plans.

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Francis H. Sterling, MD, Medicine

Francis H. Sterling, 80, renowned endocrinologist died January 18th.

Dr. Sterling received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, and completed his internship at Misericordia Hospital, residency at the VA Hospital, and fellowship at Jefferson Hospital. In 1967 he was appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine at Penn and Professor in 1988, as well as Chief of the Endocrinology Section at the Philadelphia VA Hospital. Dr. Sterling was a scholar, outstanding clinician and taught medicine from 1975-99, receiving prestigious awards for excellence every year. In 2000 the Philadelphia VA Medical Center created the Francis H. Sterling Award for Educational Excellence, which is bestowed annually to an outstanding medical educator.

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New Summary of Information on Retirement Communities

Howard Goldfine, Jim Saunders and Heidi George have recently assembled a set of tables providing important information for those considering the move to a retirement community. You can find this information by clicking on the Retirement Communities link under Spotlights in the right column of this web page or simply clicking here.




Medical Faculty Senate Presentation

On Wednesday, October 1st ASEF President Jeanne Myers delivered a presentation to the Medical Faculty Senate concerning ASEF's mission and current events. Here it is in case you missed it.




The Hitchhiker's Guide to Faculty Retirement

We are proud to announce the release of the Seventh Edition of the Hitchhiker's Guide to Faculty Retirement, ASEF's annually revised handbook highlighting the policy and process governing the transition from full-time faculty to emeritus.

Please refer to the official release notes for a review of the updates to this year's edition.




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