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International Scholarship Program

The STFM Foundation supported the sharing of expertise among those who want to advance the family medicine model throughout the world. The Foundation offered the International Scholarship Program from 1994-2016 to advance family medicine worldwide by fostering relationships between STFM members and international family medicine educators leading to enhanced information exchange and sustained professional relationships. 

“As an STFM Foundation International Scholar, I participated in several valuable workshops, seminars and lectures at the STFM Annual Spring Conference. In addition to the conference, I observed wonderful examples of undergraduate, graduate, and interprofessional education in department and residency settings and learned about organizational leadership and administration. I appreciated learning from passionate professionals and sharing the challenges i face teaching family medicine in Latin America. 

"During my visit, I worked with colleagues at Duke University, Department of Community and Family Medicine and the University of Minnesota, Department of Family Medicine to develop tools for international collaboration in faculty development that can be used by different residency programs in Peru in a “teach the trainer” type of model. I plan to nurture  this collaboration with these many colleagues to support Peru and Latin America in the development of strong family medicine for the care of our people.”

—Maria Sofia Cuba Fuentes, MD
Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia

Program Goals

  • Foster relationships between STFM members and international family medicine educators
  • Collaborate with colleagues globally for growth in family medicine education
  • Facilitate the development of outstanding future family medicine leaders globally
  • Learn about international primary care models and tools, and disseminate promising elements

The nominee selected received an award of up to $3,500 (US dollars) to support travel expenses to attend the STFM Annual Spring Conference. If feasible, the awardee spended additional time in the United States visiting family medicine programs and the offices of the American Academy of Family Physicians and STFM in Leawood, Kansas.

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