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Overview of the Medical Academic Staff Committee (MASC)

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Doctors working in academic medicine perform vital functions for the NHS and healthcare in general. Their roles include a combination of teaching (medical and other healthcare students), research, and specialist clinical care. Medical academic staff contribute at a local, national and international level and are leaders in health improvement.

The medical academic staff committee (MASC) is the BMA committee that represents all medically qualified teachers and research workers that hold contracts of employment (including honorary contracts) from a university, a medical school, the Medical Research Council or other non-NHS institutions engaged in medical research. 

MASC considers and acts upon matters of concern to these groups of doctors.  It also advocates on behalf of academic medicine generally and works with employers and others to ensure that there are sufficient incentives to attract and keep doctors in academic medicine.

For the latest updates on what MASC are doing, please follow us on Twitter.


Our priorities

View our priorities and read about all our other work.


Who we are


The MASC co-chairs are David Strain and Peter Dangerfield. 

Deputy chairs

  • Michael Rees
  • David Katz

Find out who sits on the committee


Our policies

See the policies our conference has made over the years.

Chair's speech at the ARM

Watch Michael Rees' speech at ARM 2019 (navigate to 9am)


Our meetings

The committee meets four times a year and elects a small executive to take forward issues between committee meetings.

Who can come

These meetings are open to committee members only.

Meeting dates for the 2019-20 session:

  • Thursday 11 July - 12pm to 6pm, Liverpool
  • Friday 13 September - 10.30am to 4pm, Edinburgh
  • Friday 13 December - 10.30am to 4pm, BMA House
  • Friday 27 March 2020 - 10.30am to 4pm, BMA House

More information

For more information, contact the secretariat at [email protected].



COMAR 2020 will take place on Friday 15 May, 2020, at BMA House.

Watch the the highlights from COMAR 2019, which took place on Friday 29 March 2019.