Penn Medicine

Who We Are

"The Medical Faculty Senate is the open forum of the Medical Faculty for discussion of all issues affecting the operation and development of the Medical Center." Excerpted from the Bylaws.

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Elections are held in the spring of each year to determine the membership of both the Medical Faculty Senate Steering Committee (MFSSC) as well as the Committee on Academic Freedom and Responsibility (CAFR). While CAFR meets on an "as needed" basis the MFSSC meets monthly to discuss issues that are important to the faculty.

A Message from the Medical Faculty Senate Chair

David Aizenberg, M.D.

Chair, Medical Faculty Senate


On behalf of the Medical Faculty Senate Steering Committee, I would like to welcome you to new academic year.  This committee is comprised of colleagues who you have elected.  They volunteer their time to represent you.    We encompass a diverse group of researchers, educators, and clinicians.  At our monthly meetings we discuss issues that are important to the medical school community.  Examples of topics we have explored in the past include faculty diversity, wellness, defining and quantifying teaching, and promotion processes. Our committee’s input helps many programs evolve and I hope that we will continue to make valuable contributions this year.

On our agenda this year: opiate reduction efforts, issues of sexual violence, the health system’s approach to the uncertainty surrounding healthcare legislation, and many other topics.

Although we have a busy agenda planned, we hope to get input regarding issues that are important to the faculty.  Please contact any of the committee members about topics that you would like to bring to our attention for discussion.  I can also be contacted directly by email: