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Preconference Workshops

Thursday, May 4; 8 am–5 pm

PR1:Point of Care Ultrasound for the Family Medicine Physician (Day 1)

NOTE:  This is a 2-day workshop, and continues on Friday, May 5

Neil Jayasekera, MD, Kevin Bergman, MD, Mena Ramos, MD, Jason Reinking, MD, Erin Stratta, MD, Ian Wallace, MD, Nicholas LeFevre, MD, Jacqueline L Gerhart, MD, Contra Costa Regional Medical Center

Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is rapidly establishing itself as the standard of care in many areas of medicine. Given the clear benefits of ultrasound training and the recent interest of family medicine residencies to start a POCUS curriculum and train faculty, the Contra Costa Family Medicine Ultrasound Program will offer a 2 day POCUS pre-conference workshop. The course will cover the following aspects of POCUS training, adapted for full spectrum family medicine training: Cardiac, Pulmonary, Abdominal, Renal, OB, Deep Venous Thrombosis, Procedural, Ocular, Musculoskeletal, and Soft Tissue.Participants will receive a course manual, CME, and a course completion certificate that can be used to apply for ultrasound privileges at their home institution. The participant should gain enough training and resources to start or further develop a POCUS program.

Additional Fee: $495. Fee includes CME, continental breakfast, boxed lunch, refreshments, and training materials. Attendance is limited to 36

Friday, May 5; 8 am–5 pm

PR1:Point of Care Ultrasound for the Family Medicine Physician (Day 2)

NOTE:  This is day 2 of 2-day workshop, and continues from Thursday, May 4

PR2:Teaching About Racial Justice: A Train-the-Trainer Faculty Development Workshop

Jennifer Edgoose, MD, MPH, University of Wisconsin Madison FMR; Denise Rodgers, MD, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences; Warren Ferguson, MD, University of Massachusetts; George Saba, PhD, University of California, San Francisco; David Henderson, MD, University of Connecticut; Joedrecka Brown Speights, MD, Florida State University; Tanya White-Davis, PsyD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine FMR; Jessica Guh, MD, University of Michigan; Robin Lankton, MPH, CHES, University of Wisconsin; Katura Bullock, PharmD, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine; Kortnee Roberson, MD, University of Chicago; Andrea Anderson, MD, Unity Health Care FMR; Adrienne Hampton, University of Wisconsin

Social justice inspires many of us to pursue careers in medicine, and equity is a fundamental concept in social justice. Yet, too often our most foundational institutional doctrines and policies do not reflect this critical concept. Last year, 500 participants attended a social justice workshop at the AAMC Medical Education Conference. Over 120 people attended our 2016 STFM racism workshop, and a survey we conducted during this session further corroborated the significant interest in advancing curriculum in this arena. At our workshop, issues of microaggressions experienced and witnessed brought many to tears and made clear how ill-equipped so many feel in their ability to confront, let alone teach, these complex issues. In this train-the-trainer preconference, we will move the conversation from “why” this is important to “how” to teach this curriculum. Participants will obtain skills outlined in our updated Teaching About Racism Toolkit ( We will provide opportunities for personal and collaborative reflection and curricular development.  This session will be evaluated through an IRB-approved process that will enable further dissemination of this curriculum.

Additional Fee: $250. Fee includes CME, continental breakfast, boxed lunch, refreshments, and training materials.

Friday, May 5; 8 am–5 pm

PR3:Integrating Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine into the Family Medicine Residency—An Introduction

Jon Schultz, MD, University of Missouri-Kansas City; Eleni O'Donovan, MD Unity Health Care FMR, Washington, DC; Diana Heiman, MD, East Tennessee State University FMR; Paula Mackrides, DO, Southern Illinois University Quincy FMR; Christina Raguckas, DO, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine; Kenneth Bielak, MD, University of Tennessee Knoxville FMR; Ali Abdallah, DO, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine; Mary Boyce, MD, Wesley FMR; Parul Chaudhri, DO, Aultman Hospital FMR; Sarah Cole, DO, FAAFP, Saint Louis University; Keith Egan, DO, Unity Health Care FMR; Justin Jenkins, DO, MBA, University of Tennessee Knoxville FMR; Lawrence LeBeau, DO, ATSU-SOMA/AT Still University; Michael Petrizzi, MD, Virginia Commonwealth University; Lisa Watts, DO, ATSU-SOMA/AT Still University; Amity Rubeor, DO, Brown University

This preconference workshop is designed to provide a foundation in osteopathic principles and practice and basic skills in osteopathic diagnosis and manipulative treatment for medical students, residents and family medicine faculty with little to no training in osteopathic medicine.  It is also an excellent opportunity for DOs to refresh their skills. The Single Accreditation System is creating unique incentives and opportunities for allopathic medical students, residents and faculty to learn and use osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMT). Not only formerly AOA-accredited family medicine programs, but ACGME programs as well, are applying for Osteopathic Recognition. Programs have an increasing need for faculty, DO and MD alike, who understand osteopathic principles and practice and who can support and teach OMT in the clinical learning environment. To date, the majority of programs active in STFM have traditionally been allopathic. This workshop represents a collaboration of over 10 family medicine programs, both osteopathic and allopathic. This will be a great opportunity for students, residents and faculty from both traditions to come together to learn, share ideas, and make plans for future collaborations.

Additional Fee: $250. Fee includes CME, continental breakfast, boxed lunch, refreshments, and training materials.

Friday, May 5; 8 am–5 pm

PR4: Leadership Development for New Faculty in Family Medicine: Learn New Skills in Mentorship, Scholarly Activity, Research Development, Advocacy, Wellness, and Resilience

Michelle Roett, MD, MPH, FAAFP, CPE, Georgetown University; Rahmat Na'Allah, MD, MPH, University of Illinois at Chicago; Cheryl Seymour, MD, Maine-Dartmouth FMR; Elise Morris, MD, Georgetown University; Angela Kuznia, MD, MPH, University of Michigan

New faculty face unique challenges navigating the multifaceted domains of medical student education, residency training, and research. Family medicine departments often struggle to provide a comprehensive orientation for new faculty or a sustainable model for continuous faculty development. Presenters will provide a toolkit for new faculty, providing guidance on faculty development, mentorship, coaching, giving effective feedback, scholarly activity, research development, advocacy, and faculty and resident wellness. Presenters will facilitate discussions on common challenges and fundamental resources including an updated toolkit incorporating feedback from annual sessions presented 2011-2016. A faculty panel will present leadership development activities, mentorship and coaching styles for seeking adequate support, take questions and offer advice, including guidance on seeking and giving feedback, establishing an advocacy learning plan and agenda, research development, and creating an educator portfolio. A balanced approach to faculty life is becoming increasingly important with the increased administrative burden and limited wellness resources. Presenters will review wellness activities and modeling work-life balance.

Additional Fee: $250. Fee includes CME, continental breakfast, boxed lunch, refreshments, and training materials. 

Friday, May 5; 10 am–5 pm

PR5:Family Medicine Departments Collaborating to Impact Student Choice

Ashley Bentley, MBA, American Academy of Family Physicians; Rick Kellerman, MD, University of Kansas, Wichita; Wanda Gonsalves, MD, University of Kentucky; Jay Fetter, Jr, MSA, American Academy of Family Physicians; Christina Kelly, MD, Mercer University; Michelle Roett, MD, MPH, FAAFP, CPE, Georgetown University

Faculty and staff in departments of family medicine across the country work to implement programs and practices that best represent the specialty of family medicine and encourage student exploration and choice of family medicine careers. This workshop will bring together ideas that can be further developed and/or replicated at other institutions.

The current and forecast primary care physician shortage in the U.S. reflects the need for more medical students to matriculate to family medicine residencies. However, the medical education system does not function with a goal of producing more family physicians, and though family physicians are the most demanded (recruited) physicians, the U.S. health care system offers its own challenges and barriers to student specialty choice of family medicine.

Registration and fee: Registration is limited to first 50 registrants from one of the following positions: chairs, vice chairs, and medical student education directors or individuals in significant strategic leadership roles. Lunch and training materials are included. If you have any questions about your registration, please email Ashley Bentley at

Friday, May 5; 1–5 pm

PR6: Learning to Teach and Teaching to Learn: Dynamic Approaches to Improve Teaching Skills Aimed at Your Own Personal Faculty Development and Career Advancement

Kathryn Fraser, PhD, Halifax Medical Center FMR; Jeffrey Morzinski, PhD, MSW, Medical College of Wisconsin; Natascha Lautenschlaeger, MD, MSPH, Mountain Area Health Education Center Rural FMR, Hayam Shaker, MD, Mountain Area Health Education Center Rural FMR; Colleen Fogarty, MD, MSc, University of Rochester; Corey Smith, PsyD, Maine-Dartmouth FMR; Brenda Wilson, MS, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

As medical educators, we are tasked with teaching complex subjects to a wide variety of learners. Many of us were trained as clinicians, not as teachers, and therefore need to acquire teaching skills through focused learning.  This session is about theory-based teaching activities designed to produce meaningful change in learners.  Participants will experience how this group fosters “whole person” teaching, with experiential learning, inspiring feedback, and effective body language and gestures to convey the educational message. This preconference workshop will: (1) focus on evidence based teaching and learning theories (2) provide opportunities for participants to practice a variety of teaching techniques based on such theories, (3) provide tools to help them set short term and long-term teaching and career development goals.  Participants will complete a pre-test and a post-test to monitor their learning. At the end of the preconference workshop, participants will designate colleagues with whom to discuss their learning goals so they can continue their learning experience. The ultimate goals are for attendees to acquire skills and teaching techniques that promote a commitment to their own faculty development and career paths as teachers.

Additional Fee: $150. Fee includes CME, refreshments, and training materials.

Friday, May 5; 1–5 pm

PR7: Finding Resiliency, Compassion, and Hope Through Reflective Writing, Storytelling, and Story Listening

Lucille Marchand, MD, BSN, University of Washington; Johanna Shapiro, PhD, University of California, Irvine; Paul Gross, MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine FMR; Colleen Fogarty, MD, MSc, University of Rochester; Jo Marie Reilly, MD, University of Southern California; Jonathan Han, MD, University of Pittsburgh

Resiliency, compassion and hope in clinicians depend on connection to our deepest values and calling to do the work we do. In the grind of our day-to-day work lives, we can lose that thread of calling and meaning in our work. It is then easier to become burned out, emotionally fatigued and hopeless. Our salaries and working conditions are important, but our inner life is what empowers us to change the external factors that can potentially crush our spirit. Our resiliency depends on practices such as writing and story telling that nurture our wholeness and discernment of work conditions that are not in keeping with our values, and that help us see our patients as unique people deserving of our compassion rather than our exhaustion. Burnout, compassion fatigue and hopelessness are serious issues facing the well-being of clinicians, but primary care clinicians in particular.  Learners are also significantly affected.  The health of our specialty and our present work force challenges us to find ways to nurture resiliency and compassion. It is important that we nurture the values and calling that gives us meaning and satisfaction in our work and teaching. Reflective writing, story-telling and story listening connect us to ourselves, other clinicians, learners, patients and families. Contemplative practices such as writing and telling stories nurture our soul, empower us, and connect us. The faculty presenting this workshop are editors of journals, and editors of humanities columns. They are known for incorporating the humanities into teaching and have written and presented extensively on this topic.

Additional Fee: $150. Fee includes CME, refreshments, and training materials.

Friday, May 5; 8 am–5 pm

PR8: Faculty for Tomorrow Workshop for Residents

This free full-day preconference workshop, created by the STFM Faculty for Tomorrow Task Force, is for residents and fellows who are interested in careers in academic family medicine. The workshop will include stories of inspiration from family medicine leaders, a guided self-assessment, breakout sessions, a mentoring luncheon, a keynote speaker, a career planning panel, and a career opportunities fair. Get the knowledge and skills you need to succeed and thrive as new faculty.

On completion of this session, participants should be able to:
  • Describe the personal and professional rewards as well as the challenges that come with being faculty in family medicine
  • List the top pearls of clinical teaching and describe practical strategies for success in academia
  • Give effective feedback to learners and write a winning CV
  • Describe the organizational structure of academic medicine and how to apply for a faculty position

No additional fee. Advance registration is required. Attendance Limit: 100. Learn more.

Faculty for Tomorrow is supported by the STFM Foundation and the ABFM Foundation

Copyright 2017 by Society of Teachers of Family Medicine