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Message From the STFM President and Conference Chair

Beat Steiner, MD, MPH, 
STFM President

Andrea Pfeifle, EdD
Conference Chair


Don’t miss your opportunity to be part of the 52nd Annual Spring Conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This is the ideal time to showcase your work, collaborate with and learn from the success of others, and cultivate new ideas across borders.

We look forward to a conference filled with:

  1. Participatory seminars and workshops that equip attendees 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 scholarly work;
  4. Stimulating completed project presentations sharing findings from finished scholarly projects; and
  5. Multiple networking opportunities, such as meetings with STFM Collaboratives and Special Project Teams.

All of this to advance family medicine and improve health through a community of educators and scholars. 

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

  • Sharing successful local educational programs in advocacy, health equity, diversity, resident scholarship, and interprofessional practice and education
  • Stimulating and retaining student interest in family medicine
  • Developing the primary care workforce
  • Addressing wellness, to include self-care, prevention, and resiliency
  • Achieving the Quadruple Aim of better outcomes, better value, improved population health, and better experience for provider and patients
  • Policy development to advance graduate medical education (Medicare, VA, etc.); primary care research funding/infrastructure; and workforce development (Title VII)
  • Building, practicing, and teaching in the patient-centered medical home
  • Emerging technologies that positively impact training programs and research
  • Meeting accreditation requirements
  • Promoting and enhancing faculty development
  • Teaching skills for medical educators (feedback, direct observation, effective clinical teaching, mentoring, etc.)


  • The number of available presentation slots for preconference workshops, conference workshops, and panel sessions are extremely limited based on space and programming needs.
  • Seminars are interactive sessions.
  • The STFM Program and Research Committees on average accept 75-80% of total submissions for presentation at the conference.
  • We encourage US and Canadian collaboration on submissions.

Successful submissions will 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 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 seeing you in Toronto!


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