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Message From the STFM President and Conference Chair

Stephen Wilson, MD, MPH, 
STFM President

Andrea Pfeifle, EdD
Conference Chair

Message from the STFM President and Conference Chair

Don’t miss your opportunity to be part of the 51st Annual Spring Conference in Washington, DC. This is the ideal time to showcase your work, learn from the success of others, and cultivate new ideas. We look forward to a conference filled with presentations that advance family medicine to improve health through a community of teachers and scholars. Here are some ways we’ll achieve that goal:

1) Participatory seminars and workshops that equip participants with knowledge, skills, and tools to help them be better medical educators;

2) Engaging lectures-discussion and round table sessions where participants promote their ideas, share interventions, and advance knowledge;

3) Engaging poster sessions that disseminate the Family Medicine scholarly work;

4) Stimulating completed project presentations that disseminate findings from finished scholarly projects;

5) Multiple networking opportunities, such as meetings of collaboratives and special project teams.

You are invited to submit your proposal(s) for sessions that highlight, describe, and promote approaches that fit into these categories and bring faculty, residents, and students together to achieve this purpose in one or more of the following areas:

  • Wellness, to include burnout prevention, identification, and management and developing and enhancing resilience
  • Promoting and enhancing faculty development
  • Family medicine advocacy/policy:
  • Interprofessional practice and education
  • Family Medicine that achieves the Quadruple Aim of health care: better outcomes, better care, better value, and better experience for provider and patients
  • Emerging technologies that impact training programs and research
  • Strategies that facilitate meeting accreditation requirements
  • Stimulating student interest in Family Medicine
  • Promoting faculty and resident scholarship
  • Building, practicing, and teaching in the patient-centered medical home
  • Essential medical educator knowledge, skills, attitudes (eg, feedback, direct observation, effective clinical teaching, mentoring, etc.)
  • Advocating for graduate medical education (Medicare, VA, etc.); primary care research funding/infrastructure; workforce (Title VII)
  • Advocacy curriculum and/or skills building


  • The number of available preconference workshops, workshops, and panel sessions is limited based on space, and because they are longer sessions, offering extra time for more detailed and deeper skill building. 
  • Seminars are interactive sessions that develop applicable educator skill sets.

Successful submissions target medical educators; actively engage participants and challenge them to deepen their learning; present interventions that have assessments, pre- and post-appraisals, or comparison; are broadly applicable and generalizable (eg, can be applied in urban, rural, university, and/or community-based locations); offer multi-institutional perspectives or multiple perspectives on a single topic; are collaboratively developed and presented, involve and facilitate interprofessional teaching; share lessons-learned; present uncommon or refreshed approaches to achieving a common educational outcome; and, carefully adhere to all submission requirements.

The STFM Annual Spring Conference is a perfect venue to share ideas, develop new skills, and to improve the ones we already have. All submissions are peer-reviewed, so STFM presentations are a great way to advance personal and colleague scholarship, support academic advancement, and meet accreditation expectations for scholarly activity. 

We look forward to receiving your submission.

Submit today!

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