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

Hello from your new ASEF President







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.

ASEF Honoree Bios

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ASEF/PASEF Luncheon

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Larry J. Kricka: Making Medical Testing more Accessible and more Affordable

Today there are many types of tests and testing that can be performed away from the confines of a hospital. P4 Medicine (Personalized, Predictive, Preventive, and Participatory) is designed to slash the costs of laboratory testing (for example, through the use of Wellness Centers). This modern option may curb the spiraling costs of healthcare. As consumers we have access to many locations that provide direct testing, such as pharmacies and retail health clinics. Also available in our technological age is the capacity for Direct to Consumer testing and collection kits via the Internet. New routes for obtaining testing devices such as thermometers, blood pressure monitors, and glucose meters are also increasing. Finally, due to the explosion of medical apps on phones and tablets, self-testing and monitoring devices are quickly creating unprecedented possibilities in medicine.

Dr. Larry J. Kricka is Director of the General Chemistry and the Critical Care Laboratories, and Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. His current research focuses on point-of-care and direct to consumer testing.

The luncheon will begin at 12 PM at the University Club. Cost and University Club details.




Heinz Schleyer, D.Sc., Surgery

Heinz Schleyer passed away on November 10th at the age of 87. He received his doctorate from Technische Hochschule Karlsruhe, Germany, and came to Philadelphia in 1959 for a post-doctoral position with Britton Chance in the Johnson Foundation in 1959. In 1970 he was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, and Biochemistry and Biophysics; he retired as an emeritus faculty in 2004. His research involved studies on heme protein P450 in steroid hydroxylation and the mechanism of electron transfer. Heinz served as a member of the executive council of the Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty from 2007-2010, working on the Communications committee, and continued thereafter to attend and enjoy the ASEF events with his delightful wife Johanna.




Howard Holtzer, Ph.D., Cell and Developmental Biology

Howard Holtzer, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, died November 5, 2014 at the age of 92. He was a truly outstanding scientist on the Penn faculty for over 60 years in the Department of Anatomy (later becoming Cell and Developmental Biology). Dr. Holtzer was acclaimed worldwide for his research in muscle cell differentiation and assembly of striated myofibrils; his wisdom and critical analysis of experimental results were also instrumental in the training of exceptional scientists who were later known for their own landmark discoveries in myogenesis. Dr. Holtzer continued his work at Penn well into his late 80's and is survived by his wife and research collaborator of 64 years, Sybil Holtzer.




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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