The RWJMS-Retired Faculty Association (RWJMS-RFA) was established in 2008 as a forum and resource for faculty who are retired or nearing retirement. It aims to facilitate engagement and participation of retired faculty in RWJMS activities, promote interaction with colleagues, and inform and advocate for benefits after retirement.
The RWJMS-RFA publishes a quarterly newsletter reporting on our meetings and containing other items of interest to the retired faculty. The newsletter has a section on NEWS FROM AFAR, inviting faculty to report on their experiences and activities, both in the process of retiring, during periods of adjustment, and currently. One doesn’t actually have to have moved AFAR to contribute a 500-1500 word article to this section.
The merger of UMDNJ and Rutgers University affects all of us and is proceeding, but loose ends remain. For faculty retiring after the merger in 2013, the designation of emeritus status follows the Rutgers University rules, including the various benefits (parking, library, gym) available to Rutgers retirees. We need to know of any glitches. The situation is different for RWJMS who retired prior to the merger and have not been granted access to these privileges. This is under investigation.
Retirees form a vital part of any academic community, and the University has recently moved to embrace retirees by forming a Retired Faculty and Staff Association (RFSA) to support the various active unit retirement groups, including RWJMS-RFA. Although still embryonic, the RFSA has formed an executive committee, and I have been appointed as a representative of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS).
RWJMS has a long-standing commitment to global health and offers many opportunities for students to spend rotations in health related programs in many parts of the world.
The RFA has established the “RFA Global Health Fund”, which invites contributions from our members. One hundred percent of contributions goes to support RWJMS student travel to developing countries. The fund, which has 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, is administered by the New Jersey Health Foundation. All contributions are tax deductible as charitable contributions.
The RFA has established a mentoring program (for details click on MENTORING”)
The RWJMS-RFA needs your participation. I encourage you to participate in the association by attending our meetings, contributing to the Newsletter with an article or “News from Afar”, supporting our Global Health Fund, and volunteering in the organization’s mentoring program (see description of the mentoring program on this website).
Michael Gochfeld, MD, PhD
Any comments or suggestions can be emailed to Ruthe Geardino. Please include RFA in your subject header.
Mailing Address: RWJMS-Retired Faculty Association
675 Hoes Lane , Room 136
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8021