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Leadership Development Opportunities: Mid-Career and Junior Faculty

Find leadership development opportunities sponsored by family medicine organizations. The following programs are available for mid-career and junior faculty. 

Behavioral Science/Family Systems Educator Fellowship 

Sponsor: Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) 
Audience: Family medicine faculty who are responsible for coordinating or teaching the behavioral science/family systems curriculum in their departments or residencies. Preference is given to applicants with 1 to 5 years of experience as a faculty member.
Length: 1 year 
User Fees: $1,100 
Awards: None
Description: This yearlong fellowship combines a structured learning curriculum of core content and formalized mentoring that enable faculty to: better understand the medical culture and learn how to increase the value of integrating behavioral science and family systems core principles into the practice of family medicine; actively participate in a professional development plan that builds upon the fundamentals of behavioral science education; develop a Professional Learning Contract to include a mentored scholarly project; and benefit from a strong mentoring relationship with seasoned behavioral science/family systems educators.

Emerging Leaders Fellowship

Sponsor: Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) 
Audience: Junior Faculty, Mid-career Faculty 
Length: 1 year
User Fees: $2,900
Awards: None 
Description: The yearlong fellowship offers training, tools, and support for new faculty and those who are transitioning to leadership roles. It provides leadership training designed specifically for family medicine educators, with an actual leadership experience—participants lead a team in completion of a project, and then present their results. It also includes interaction with STFM leadership and instruction on team teaching, understanding different personality types, advocacy, and communicating with the media. Upon graduation, the fellow gives a poster presentation and attends an STFM leadership opportunities session at the STFM Annual Spring Conference.

James C. Puffer, MD/American Board of Family Medicine Fellowship at the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) 

Sponsor: National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM)
Audience: Junior Faculty, All Members of the Family
Length: 2 years
User Fees: None
Awards: $25,000 and all NAM associated travel expense
Description: This fellowship enables early-career health policy and science scholars in family medicine to participate actively in the work of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and to further their careers as future leaders in the field. The fellowship is awarded for a 2-year period. During this time, fellows are expected to continue their work at their main academic post while being assigned to a board of the NAM. The fellowship requires a 10%-20% commitment of time for 2 years, and includes attendance at a 1-week orientation on health policy in October, the Fall NAM Annual Meeting and the meetings of the assigned NAM board. Additionally, the fellow participates actively in the work of an appropriate expert study committee or roundtable, including contributing to its reports or other products. Each fellow is assigned to a NAM member who will serve as a senior mentor during the 2 years of the fellowship. 

Leading Change Fellowship: Interprofessional Transformational Leadership 

Sponsor: Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM)
Audience: Two-person interprofessional teams of mid-career and senior faculty in clinical leadership roles.
Length: 1 year
User Fees: $6,600 for two interprofessional participants
Awards: None
Description: The yearlong fellowship is uniquely designed to maximize the effectiveness of interprofessional teams in transformational change. The fellowship is for mid- to senior-level interprofessional leadership teams of two who join a community of leadership teams committed to practice transformation; interact regularly with faculty mentors as they engage in a change process; implement a practice change project with the assistance of experienced mentors and present it to a national audience; tap the wisdom of national thought leaders in family medicine teaching practices; and build leadership skills that strengthen change processes.

Leading Change Online Courses 

Sponsor: Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) and Association of Departments of Family Medicine (ADFM)
Audience: Junior Faculty, Mid-Career Faculty
Length: N/A
User Fees: Free
Awards: None
Description: This self-directed online course is for participants who want to lead change within their institutions, communities, and nation. They may complete one course or all, and will earn a certificate of completion for each course. Lesson titles include: Concepts Fundamental to Change Leadership; Assess Needs and Identify Opportunities for Change; Create Urgency and Build the Team; Construct a Plan for Change; Establish and Measure Outcomes; Launch Change; Facilitate Effective Teamwork; Celebrate and Capitalize on Success; Coaching Strategies to Reinforce Change; Leadership Wellness and Improvement in the Face of Change; Improvement Tools and Methodologies; and A Case Study.

Medical Student Educators Development Institute

Sponsor: Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) 
Audience: Clerkship Directors and aspiring Clerkship Directors 
Length: 1 year 
User Fees: $2,495
Awards: None
Description: This institute is a year-long comprehensive learning experience that gives current or aspiring clerkship directors the skills needed to advance a career in medical student education. Fellows forge enduring relationships with other participants as well as with the institute faculty who provide support and guidance. Fellows learn skills in curriculum development, student evaluation, dealing with challenging learners, recruiting and maintaining preceptor networks, negotiating, directing a course, winning support from administration, providing career advice to students, and submitting a scholarly project. 

New Faculty Scholars 

Sponsor: Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Foundation 
Audience: Junior Faculty 
Length: 4 days 
User Fees: None 
Awards: up to $2,000 
Description: This program provides scholarships for new faculty (who have served at least 2 years but no more than 4 years as full-time faculty) to attend the STFM Annual Spring Conference and a preconference session of their choice. There are typically four to six awards per year. This award is a catalyst for developing future leaders in STFM and other areas of academic family medicine.

Program Enhancement Award 

Sponsor: Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Foundation 
Audience: Junior Faculty
Length: Approximately 1 year or until project is completed 
Awards: up to $2,000 
Description: This program provides funding for family medicine programs to implement enhancements at their institutions while developing the leadership skills of family medicine faculty. Preference is given to programs whose project leaders are early in their academic careers.


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