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New Faculty Scholars Award

This award is designed to be a catalyst for developing future leaders in STFM and other areas of academic family medicine. The program provides scholarships to the STFM Annual Spring Conference for STFM members who have served at least 2 years but no more than 4 years as full-time faculty and who exhibit outstanding leadership potential. Since its inception in 1988, this program has supported the attendance of 143 new faculty at this conference. Attendance at national meetings is one way to help develop leaders and leadership skills.

The award is for up to $1,000 to cover travel and hotel expenses for attendance at the conference.The registration fees for the conference and for the preconference are waived.

"The STFM New Faculty Scholars program has given me the opportunity to engage in STFM in a way that has enhanced my personal growth and knowledge and also allowed me to contribute in a meaningful way to conversations about medical education at my home institution and on a national stage. As a New Faculty Scholar I was able to attend the STFM Annual Spring Conference where I was provided multiple opportunities to network with members of STFM at all levels. Those connections resulted directly in the opportunities I have had over the last several years.  I was invited to serve on the STFM Medical Student Education Conference Steering Committee, and was fortunate to be the chair of the 2016 MSE Conference. I have transitioned into the role of the National Clerkship Curriculum Editorial Board Chair. Those early connections have developed into strong relationships with colleagues, mentors, and friends."

—Annie Rutter, MD, MS
Assitant Professor
Director of Medical Student Education
Albany Medical College

Program Elements

  • Advising: Each New Faculty Scholar will be assigned a seasoned coach to help the Scholar become a leader in STFM.
  • Networking: Each New Faculty Scholar will interact and expand her/his professional network with STFM leaders and members at special events like the STFM Foundation Reception.
  • Producing a scholarly activity: Each New Faculty Scholar will present a session at the STFM Annual Spring Conference.
  • Learning: Attend a preconference session at the STFM Annual Spring Conference.
  • Receiving special recognition: Each New Faculty Scholar will be recognized at special events like the STFM Foundation Reception.


Eligibility Criteria

The applicant must:

  • Be a current member of STFM. Preference will be given to individuals who have shown active engagement in STFM. This could be demonstrated by actively participating in an STFM collaboration and/or presenting at an STFM conference. These should be noted on the applicant's biosketch.
  • Be a faculty member (at least .8 FTE) at a family medicine department or family medicine residency program and employed in academic family medicine for a minimum of 2 years and no more than 4 years at time of application deadline.
  • Not currently be a full-time fellow. Applicants may be enrolled in part-time fellowships if they are faculty (see item 2, above).
  • Not be a current member of a board of directors or standing committee of STFM, the North American Primary Care Research Group, or the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors.
  • Agree to the expectations below at the STFM Annual Spring Conference that scholars are attending as a result of the award:
    • Present a session. (If the scholar’s presentation was not accepted through the call for papers process, the scholar will present at a breakfast roundtable.)
    • Attend a preconference session of their choice.
    • Attend all designated Foundation functions for New Faculty Scholars.
  • Respond to a survey regarding their New Faculty Scholars activities following the conference and 2 years following receipt of the award.

"I am so grateful for the New Faculty Scholars program.  It was such a blessing to be awarded the scholarship. Not only was I able to go to the conference, but I was also able to network with a variety of people in the academic realm, present to my peers and colleagues on a topic that has been near and dear to my heart, and also attend sessions to learn about the great strides of family medicine in academia. I learned so much about leadership, development, and scholarship. Being in a cohort and being able to share ideas and information to take back was amazing. New Faculty Scholars is a program that allows you to stretch, grow, and develop into the forefront of medical education. I am so thankful."

—Irmanie Hemphills, MD 
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Florida International University

Application Requirements

Applications are due November 17. Applicants should compile the items below and send electronically to Pat Lodge.

  • A completed application form (Word).
  • The applicant’s biosketch (included in the application form) and photo. The biosketch should be a maximum of 2 pages. The biosketch must include (a) educational background, (b) relevant academic and clinical work history, (c) a list of no more than five publications and/or presentations at professional conferences, and (d) a list of leadership positions (briefly describe if not self-explanatory) held in local, regional, or national organizations.
  • A letter from the applicant’s chair or program director stating (a) the applicant’s potential for career advancement and leadership in academic family medicine and (b) the department’s or program’s assurance that the applicant, if selected,  will fulfill all New Faculty Scholar expectations (see item 5 above), (c) the department or program will provide financial support beyond the awarded $1,000 to cover the applicant’s travel expenses to the conference.


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