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Submission Categories

The STFM Annual Spring Conference offers a variety of session formats to satisfy differing needs. Here is a brief overview of the sessions available for your participation:

Completed Research Project

Description: These sessions focus on research submissions on education, process of care, patient-oriented outcomes, and quality of care studies that have been completed and evaluated. Submission must include purpose, methods, results and conclusions. Get tips on submitting research abstracts.

Time: 15 minutes (10 minutes for presentation, 5 minutes for discussion)
NoteWork that has been published prior to submission deadlines will not be considered.

Completed Scholarly Project

Description: Presenters briefly describe their scholarly project related to implementation and evaluation of a completed innovative educational, administrative, career development, or clinical program. Participants are invited for questions and comments.

Time: 15 minutes  (10 minutes for presentation, 5 minutes for discussion)

Completed Scholarly Project Poster

Description: To display and discuss implementation and evaluation of a completed innovative educational or curricular project pertinent to family medicine. 

Time: Presenters will be assigned to a 60-minute poster session

Developing Scholarly Project Poster

Description: To display and discuss an innovative educational or curricular project pertinent to family medicine that is in an early stage of development. 

Time: Presenters will be assigned to a 60-minute poster session
Note: The method of evaluating results must be in process at the time of submission to be considered.


Description: A 20-25 minute presentation, followed by 5-10 minutes of  participant interaction and/or discussion that introduces a curricular, teaching, administration, or faculty development topic.   

Time: 30 minutes 

Panel Discussion

Description: A moderated, interactive session with 3-5 expert panelists addressing an innovative or provocative topic in family medicine education. The expertise of the panelists and the questions to be addressed must be included in the submission.

Time: 60 minutes 
Note: This is NOT a series of short presentations by the panelists but rather an integration and synthesis of the information presented.

Preconference Workshop

Description: High quality, interactive sessions that require more time than the regular conference format allows and provides participants with a skill (such as use of ultrasound). Space is very limited.

Time: 4-8 hours
Note: STFM will charge an appropriate registration fee for preconference workshops to help cover room rental, audio-visual, internet, administrative, and refreshment costs.

Research Poster

Description: An opportunity to display quality of care studies and discuss investigator’s completed original research. Get tips on submitting research abstracts

Time: Presenters will be assigned to a 60-minute poster session.

Scholarly Topic Roundtable Discussion

Description: A round-table presentation for 10 participants about ideas, experiences, or projects pertinent to family medicine education, clinical care, research, or management. This presentation is scheduled concurrently with other presentations during continental breakfast in the general session ballroom.

Time: 50 minutes (including breakfast)

Note: audio/visual equipment is not provided for these presentations. Handout materials are encouraged.


Description: An interactive session about an innovative educational, administrative, research, career development, or clinical topic. Active audience engagement beyond question and answer is required.

Time: 60 minutes


Description: To provide a task-oriented, small group educational experience directed toward the acquisition, demonstration, construction and/or synthesis of specific knowledge, skills, and /or attitudes.

Time: 90 minutes
Note: This is highly competitive submission category. The STFM Program Committee will accept up to ten workshops.

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