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STFM Humanism Award

The STFM Humanism Award honors an STFM member who best embodies the attributes of humanism in medicine through his or her work as a family medicine faculty member. Humanism in medicine is characterized by a respectful and compassionate relationship between physicians, as well as all other members of the health care team and their patients. It reflects attitudes and behaviors that are sensitive to the values and the cultural and ethnic backgrounds of others. 

Nomination Criteria

In screening nominations, the Communications Committee will rank candidates according to their achievements and activities related to training future family physicians to be humanistic caregivers. These achievements and activities will go beyond just the practice or daily teaching of humanistic medicine.

Priority will be given to nominees who are teaching residents and/or medical students the ideals of compassionate and respectful care for a patient’s physical and emotional well-being and who have disseminated the ideas of patient-, family-, and relationship-centered care.

The activities should have significance at the regional or national level.

Examples would include:

  • Developing a curriculum to teach humanism
  • Leading initiatives to promote relationship-centered care
  • Partnering with patients to genuinely include patients' perspectives in his or her work
  • Conducting research about the promotion, the practice, and/or the teaching of humanistic medicine
  • Writing papers that demonstrate the importance of humanistic medicine
  • Providing significant mentorship in humanistic medicine
  • Presenting about humanistic medicine at conferences

Nominations Requirements

  • A nominee must be an STFM member (self nominations are welcome)
  • A completed nomination form
  • A statement from the nominator citing the nominee's accomplishments and activities that warrant consideration for the STFM award
  • Up to three additional letters of support from both the nominee's home institution (or agency) and from a regional or nationally placed reference, addressing the nominee's national or regional contribution to teaching humanism in family medicine
  • A sample of your work in humanistic medicine if available (ie, curricular materials, publication reprints, etc)
  • Curriculum vitae of the nominee

Complete the nomination form and compile nomination requirements send electronically to by October 15, 2018. 

The STFM Communications Committee will screen the nominations, and the STFM Board of Directors will make the final selections. Recipients for this award will be honored during STFM's Annual Spring Conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from April 27-May 1, 2019 

The recipient of the STFM Humanism Award will receive:

  • Complimentary registration to the STFM Annual Spring Conference
  • A commemorative award

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