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Submission Categories and Formats

The STFM Annual Spring Conference offers a variety of submission categories and formats to satisfy attendees’ differing needs. Here is a brief overview of the type and length of sessions available for participation:

Preconference Workshop

Description: Interactive, skill-building session that occurs on the day before the conference begins and requires more time than the other conference formats allow. Space is very limited.
Time: 4-8 hours
Note: STFM may charge a registration fee for preconference workshops to help cover room rental, audio-visual, internet, administrative, and refreshment costs.


Description: A participatory, 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.

Panel Discussion

Description: A moderated, interactive session that brings together 3-5 expert panelists to engage participants in discussion about an innovative or provocative topic in family medicine education. The expertise of the panelists and a brief rationale for bringing them together must be included in the submission.
Time: 60 minutes 
Please note: This is NOT a series of short presentations by the panelists but rather an integration and synthesis of the information presented in order to facilitate dialogue.


Description: An interactive session focusing on dissemination and discussion of an innovative educational, administrative, research, career development, or clinical topic. Active audience engagement beyond question and answer is required.
Time: 60 minutes


Description: A 20-25 minute presentation, followed by 5-10 minutes of participant interaction and/or discussion about a curricular, teaching, administration, or faculty development topic or project. Active audience engagement is required.   
Time: 30 minutes 

Completed Scholarly Project

Description: A 15-minute presentation wherein presenters briefly describe implementation and outcomes of a completed innovative educational, administrative, career development, or clinical program/project. Active audience engagement is required but limited to question and answer format.
Time: 15 minutes - 10 minutes for presentation, 5 minutes for discussion

Completed Research Project 

Description: These sessions focus on research submissions that critically evaluate and test completed interventions in education, process of care, patient-oriented outcomes, and quality of care. Submissions must include purpose, methods, results, and conclusions.
Time: 15 minutes -10 minutes for presentation, 5 minutes for discussion
Distinguished Paper – 45 minutes -30 minutes for presentation and 15 minutes for questions and discussions.
Please noteWork that has been published prior to submission deadlines will not be considered.

Scholarly Topic Roundtable Discussion

Description: A roundtable presentation wherein 10 participants share ideas, experiences, or projects pertinent to family medicine education, clinical care, research, or management. This presentation occurs in small group format, scheduled concurrently with other presentations during continental breakfast in the general session ballroom.
Time: 50 minutes (including breakfast)
Please note: audio/visual equipment is not provided for these presentations. Handout materials are encouraged.

Developing Scholarly Project Poster

Description: An opportunity 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
Please noteThe method of evaluating results must be in process at the time of submission to be considered.

Completed Scholarly Project Poster 

Description: An opportunity to display and discuss implementation andresults of a completed innovative educational or curricular project pertinent to family medicine.
Time: Presenters will be assigned to a 60-minute poster session

Completed Research Poster 

Description: An opportunity to display quality of care studies and discuss investigators’ completed original research.
Time: Presenters will be assigned to a 60-minute poster session

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