NENFA was founded in 2010 to bring together the faculty leaders and administrators responsible for faculty affairs and faculty development in the medical schools and academic health centers in New England.
NENFA is managed by a steering committee composed of one representative from each of the 10 New England medical schools and one representative from the Harvard affiliated hospitals and institutes. Membership is restricted to the New England area but individuals from outside the region are welcome to attend meetings. A list server facilitates communication among the members. NENFA’s major activity is sponsoring meetings, held twice a year on topics in faculty development and faculty affairs.
To date, NENFA has held semi-annual conferences, hosted by a member institution. Most of the meetings have focused on issues in faculty career flexibility. Topics have included "Recognizing and Rewarding Clinical Scholarship", "Recruitment & Retention of a Diverse Faculty", "Fostering Faculty Vitality", "Late-Career Faculty Transitions", "Mentoring and Support for a Diverse Faculty", and "Mentoring Programs for Faculty". Each meeting may include keynote presentations, a "data blitz" to share best practices, and ample time for discussion. The meetings are well-attended, typically 40–60 participants, and well-received. Expenses, including dinner, are modest and usually funded by the host institution.