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Letter from the Chair

Dear Colleagues:

On behalf of the members of the Medical Faculty Senate Steering Committee, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the new academic year!  The Medical Faculty Senate Steering Committee plays an important role as the representative of the faculty of the Perelman School of Medicine, and acts a liaison to the administration to ensure that the will and opinion of the faculty are heard. The MFSSC participates in deliberations regarding school policy, assists in the development and review of the curriculum for its students, and promotes communication between faculty, students and administrative officers. It is our responsibility and privilege to represent you and to share your concerns and recommendations with Dean Jameson and other members of the Medical Center and University administration. This committee has a long and distinguished history of influencing change and, and we continue to welcome and value your thoughts as we pursue  our mission. Recent initiatives that the MFSSC has been involved in include:

  • AC track definition and revision of promotion criteria - The Academic Clinician track has undergone a comprehensive review over the past several years, with development of modified definitions that were reviewed and approved by the MFSSC.
  • CE track definition - The MFSSC has played an integral role in developing revised definitions and criteria for the Clinician-Educator track. The MFSSC has played a role in fine-tuning the revisions. We look forward to monitoring the impact of the newly implemented revisions.
  • Implementation of Dean Jameson's strategic plan - Committee members had the opportunity to address key components of the Plan that affect academic life and continue to monitor the impact of the changes on the academic and clinical missions of the School.

This year we will focus on an in-depth review of the meaning of “teaching” to ensure the development of a broader definition that captures more comprehensively all of the teaching activities of the faculty

As your representatives, members of the MFSSC will be reaching out to you for your input on issues that affect your academic life at Penn Medicine. We welcome any opinions and suggestions that can enhance professional development and career satisfaction in our institution. We can be reached via email at mfs@mail.med.upenn.edu. I can also be contacted directly at levinem@chop.edu.

Academic medicine champions innovation. Even as change offers new opportunities, it also engenders uncertain and significant challenges. The MFSSC and the Senate serve as forums for discussion and expression of opinion regarding matters of interest, concern or importance to the faculty. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any comments or concerns.

Regards,

Michael A. Levine, M.D.

Chair, Medical Faculty Senate

 

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