At retirement, the University will provide abundant information on benefits, activities, use of University facilities, etc. However, you will not receive much information regarding participation in medical school and hospital activities after retirement. The Medical School Emeritus Faculty Program provides this information on the Emeritus Faculty website.
Faculty members who have played a significant role in departmental activities are eligible for appointment to emeritus status in the university. The chair of the department makes this determination and proposes the faculty member for emeritus status. Emeritus status requires approval by the Regents and is not automatic upon retirement.
The chair (and departmental administrator) prepares a dossier proposing the retiring faculty member for emeritus status. This nomination is forwarded to the Dean of the Medical School. If approved by the dean's office, it is forwarded to the Regents for approval.
The Benefits Administration Office has put together a list of questions and answers for those considering retirement. Click here to view the list.
The primary advantage of emeritus status is that the retired faculty member has the opportunity to continue to participate in teaching, mentoring, research, and other activities of the medical school. Some of these activities are specific to the department and arranged by the chair or program directors. Other activities are organized through the Medical School Emeritus Faculty Program. Emeritus faculty are invited to the emeritus dinner sponsored by MCAS annually. There really are no negative aspects to being appointed to emeritus status. (The development office will solicit your help from time to time whether you are emeritus status or not.)
Observing, teaching or participating in a clinical setting may require certain clinical privileges. Consult with your Chair regarding the process.
Individual arrangements can be made with the parent department. The Medical School Emeritus Faculty Program (MSEFP) provides many opportunities for emeritus faculty to participate in medical student teaching, resident and faculty mentoring, research activities, and alumni and development projects.
The MSEFP provides this information and hosts information sessions for faculty considering retirement.