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STFM News

This section features news about the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and general news stories of interest to family medicine educators. Click on the headlines to read the full stories.

Scholarship Recipients to Get Vital Advocacy Training at the Family Medicine Advocacy Summit

February 13, 2017—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine has awarded scholarships for five new faculty members to attend the Family Medicine Advocacy Summit. Scholarship recipients were chosen based on their potential to be exceptional advocates and advocacy leaders within STFM and the broader academic family medicine community.

STFM Launches Open Access Scholarly Journal

February 7, 2017—Faculty, researchers, residents, and students now have access to a new venue for dissemination of academic research. Peer-Reviewed Reports in Medical Education Research (PRiMER), an online journal released today, publishes brief reports (1000 words or less) on original research relevant to education in family medicine and closely related areas, such as primary care, preventive medicine, and public health.

Center for the History of Family Medicine Seeks At-Large Nominations

January 28, 2017—The Board of Curators of the Center for the History of Family Medicine seeks nominations for two At-Large Curator positions. The terms of these positions run from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020. Nomination forms are due by February 28.

Drs Birkhaed and Jendusa Receive STFM/NIDA Training Awards in Substance Abuse and Addiction

January 27, 2017—Family medicine residents Andrew G. Birkhaed, MD, and Michael F. Jendusa, MD, from the University of Illinois at Chicago were selected to receive STFM/NIDA Training Award in Substance Use Disorders (SUD) Treatment Dissemination. 

20 Residents Receive the Faculty for Tomorrow Scholarship

January 11, 2017—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine has awarded scholarships to help cover expenses for 20 residents to attend the Faculty for Tomorrow Workshop and the 2017 STFM Annual Spring Conference from May 5-9 in San Diego. The residents will also attend the Faculty for Tomorrow Career Opportunities Fair, where they can meet with representatives from medical schools and residency programs interested in hiring new faculty. 

STFM Welcomes Behavioral Science/Family Systems Educator Fellowship Class of 2018

December 20, 2016—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine is pleased to announce the eight Behavioral Science/Family Systems Educator Fellowship class. The class includes 16 fellows representing family medicine residency programs and departments from across the United States. This group will begin their yearlong fellowship at the STFM Annual Spring Conference.

Mindy Householder Hired as STFM’s Development Manager

December 15, 2016—Mindy Householder has been hired as STFM’s Development Manager. In this position Mindy will develop and execute fundraising activities and programs for the STFM Foundation. She will also oversee grant activity for both STFM and its Foundation.

STFM Takes Lead on Efforts to Expand the Number of High-Quality Preceptors

December 15, 2016—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM), with the input of stakeholders from multiple primary care disciplines, has created an action plan to: 1) decrease the percentage of primary care clerkship directors who report difficulty finding clinical preceptor sites and 2) increase the percentage of students completing clerkships at high-functioning sites.

Call for Project Team Leaders

The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine is now accepting applications for interprofessional, interdisciplinary leaders to serve on a committee to address the shortage of high-quality primary care community preceptors. Committee members, who will also serve as project team leaders, will work together to finalize and implement an Action Plan.

STFM Is Now Accepting Applications for the 2017-2018 Emerging Leaders Fellowship

October 26, 2016—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine is now accepting applications for the Emerging Leaders Fellowship class of 2018. The yearlong fellowship offers training, tools, and support for new faculty and those who are transitioning to leadership roles. The fellowship starts at the 2017 STFM Annual Spring Conference and concludes at the 2018 STFM Annual Spring Conference.

STFM Launches New Member Collaboration Site, STFM CONNECT

September 30, 2016—STFM members now have a new and improved way to network and collaborate around special interests and common goals. The new STFM CONNECT online hub offers members an easy way to get questions answered and to share successes or challenges in family medicine education. The site includes a new STFM Member Forum as well as a variety of STFM Collaborative and Special Project teams. Members receive convenient daily digest emails of all forum activity making staying connected with peers easy and manageable.

ACGME Requests Comments on Common Program Requirements

September 29, 2016—The ACGME is requesting comments on sections I-V of the Common Program Requirements. The Common Program Requirements Phase 2 Task Force will consider all comments received and will then make recommendations for change. Proposed changes will be posted for review and a second call for comments will go out. Written comments are due October 28 and can be emailed to cprphase2@acgme.org

Summit Participants Prioritize Solutions to Address Community Preceptor Shortage

September 15, 2016—Family medicine and other primary care clerkships are struggling to obtain and retain quality clinical training sites. To begin to address this issue, STFM brought together multiple stakeholders—health system leaders, organizational representatives, policy experts, clerkship directors, community preceptors, physicians who do not precept, students, etc.—in a Summit to Address the Shortage of High Quality Primary Care Community Preceptors. Participants identified the most significant reasons for the shortage and prioritized potential solutions. Read the  executive summary (PDF).

2017 STFM Student Scholars Announced

September 14, 2016—Twenty medical students will receive scholarships to attend the 2017 STFM Conference on Medical Student Education. This award highlights students who have an interest in family medicine and have potential for an academic career. 

STFM Launches Faculty Development Delivered

August 31, 2016—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine has launched Faculty Development Delivered, a revamped and expanded version of its popular mobile faculty development conference, On the Road.

“Along with the name change, we have expanded content that can be delivered to keep up with a changing educational environment; for example: burnout, resilience, and joy in practice,” said Jeffrey Haney, MD. Dr Haney serves as the program’s chair and has been a long time faculty of the program.

Family Medicine for America's Health Releases Policy and Research Bibliographies

July 12, 2016—Family Medicine for America’s Health released three bibliographies summarizing key evidence around effective primary care payment, measurement, and teams. These bibliographies are one of many outcomes from the recent Starfield Summit in Washington, DC. 

Call for Applications for Leading Change Fellowship Faculty

June 22, 2016—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine is now accepting applications for Leading Change Fellowship faculty. The Leading Change Fellowship offers interprofessional teams an experiential curriculum providing skills and resources to enable transformation of a family medicine teaching practice.

Serve on the STFM Board of Directors

June 20, 2016—The STFM Nominations Committee is accepting self-nominations for the 2017 president-elect and member-at-large positions on the STFM Board of Directors. Both have 3-year terms. Read the full job descriptions and expectations.

Jon Davis Joins STFM as Junior Web Developer

June 14, 2016—Jon Davis has been hired as STFM’s Junior Web Developer. In this position, Jon develops new web-based solutions and provides technical support for STFM websites. He will work under Larry Peery, STFM’s Web/IT Development Manager, to create innovation online services for STFM members.

Amanda Kost, MD, Named 2016 STFM Medical Journalism Fellow

May 27, 2016— Amanda Kost, MD, has been selected for the 2016 STFM Fellowship in Medical Journalism. Her fellowship starts in June and goes until May 2017.

“I hope to learn the ins and outs of the editorial process,” said Dr Kost, explaining what she looks forward to learning the most during her yearlong fellowship. “I’ve been on the author side and on the reviewer side, but really want to see what goes on behind the scenes to curate and create each issue of Family Medicine.”

STFM Seeks Student and Resident Representatives to the STFM Board

May 23, 2016—STFM is seeking the next Student and Resident Representatives to serve on the STFM Board of Directors. The Resident and Student Representatives to the STFM Board are elected by their peers on July 30 at the AAFP National Conference for family medicine residents and medical students  in Kansas City, MO.

STFM Workshop Prepares More Than 75 Residents and Fellows For Future Teaching Careers

May 14, 2016—More than 75 residents and fellows attended the Faculty for Tomorrow Workshop for Residents on April 30, 2016, during the STFM Annual Spring Conference. This full-day workshop provided practical career-planning advice from family medicine leaders. After completing the workshop, Karl Dietrich, MD, a recipient of the Faculty for Tomorrow Resident scholarship, shared that he was “leaving inspired and excited about the future.” The number of participants identifying themselves as “extremely likely” or “very likely” to pursue academic family medicine increased from 81% prior to the workshop to 94% after the workshop.

STFM Presents Society Awards

May 13, 2016—Several individuals were recognized at the STFM Recognition and Awards Program on Monday, May 2 at the STFM Annual Spring Conference in Minneapolis. STFM congratulates the following award winners on their accomplishments and success. 

STFM to Address the Shortage of High-Quality Community Preceptors

May 13, 2016—The Society of Teachers of Family is bringing together a wide range of people with diverse perspectives and areas of expertise to develop an action plan to address the shortage of high-quality family medicine community preceptors. A ½ day summit, chaired by Beat Steiner, MD, will convene health system leaders, family medicine organization representatives, clerkship directors, community preceptors, physicians who do not precept, students, residents, and others.

2016 Poetry and Prose Contest Winners Announced

May 10, 2016—STFM and the STFM Group on Ethics and Humanities is excited to announce the 2016 STFM Annual Poetry and Prose Contest winners. The theme of this year's contest was: "What patient interaction has moved you the most as a family physician." 

Jennifer DeVoe, MD, DPhil, Calls on Academic Family Medicine to Shift Focus to Community Settings and to Establish Innovation Systems

March 31, 2016—Jennifer E. DeVoe, MD, DPhil, will take the stage at the STFM Annual Spring Conference on Monday, May 2, and will challenge academic family medicine to shift learning and research from academic hospitals to community-based settings and to encourage the freedom to innovate through discovery clinics.

Warren J. Ferguson, MD, Calls on Family Medicine Educators to Help End the Era of Mass Incarceration

 March 15, 2016—Warren J. Ferguson, MD, will take the stage at the STFM Annual Spring Conference on Wednesday, May 4, and will challenge family physicians and educators to serve and advocate for populations affected by mass incarceration. 

15 Residents Receive the Faculty for Tomorrow Scholarship

February 24, 2016—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine has awarded scholarships to help cover expenses for 15 residents to attend the Faculty for Tomorrow Workshop and the 2016 STFM Annual Spring Conference from April 30 – May 4, 2016 in Minneapolis, MN. Scholarship recipients were chosen based on essays they wrote about their interest in teaching family medicine.

Ryan Jackman, MD, Receives $20,000 Substance Abuse and Addiction Training Award

February 11, 2016—Ryan Jackman, MD, from St Mary’s Family Medicine Residency in Grand Junction, CO, is the recipient of the STFM-NIDA Training Award in Substance Abuse and Addiction. This award supports the development of expertise in substance abuse and addiction within academic family medicine.  

STFM Launches Twitter Chat 

STFM is launching the Twitter chat #‎STFMchat‬ where participants will discuss academic family medicine topics. The first #STFMchat will be Wednesday, February 24 at 7 pm Central. The topic will be student/resident wellness and how to individually and systemically support learners. Kristine Diaz, PsyD, will be the guest expert. 

Recipients Chosen for the Family Medicine Congressional Conference Scholarship

January 26, 2016—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine has awarded scholarships for five new faculty members to attend the Family Medicine Congressional Conference. Scholarship recipients were chosen based on their potential to be exceptional advocates and advocacy leaders within STFM and the broader academic family medicine community. The recipients are:

  • David Bauman, PsyD, Central Washington FMR, Yakima, WA
  • Heather Bleacher, MD, University of Colorado FMR, Denver, CO
  • Monique George, MD,  Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills FMR, Woodland Hills, CA
  • Fabiana Kotovicz, MD, Aurora FMR, Milwaukee, WI
  • Carrie Pierce, MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

 

This is the fourth year of the scholarship program. These scholarships cover the cost of attendance, travel, and meals for each recipient.

Center for the History of Family Medicine Seeks At-Large Nominations

January 25, 2016—The Board of Curators of the Center for the History of Family Medicine seeks nominations for two At-Large Curator positions. The terms of these positions run from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2019. Nomination forms are due by February 29, 2016.

Conference on Practice Improvement Addresses Payment Models, Physician Burnout, and Collaboration

December 23, 2015—Inspiring speakers, action-provoking sessions, and a hands-on exhibit of the Primary Care Office of the Future are what the more than 400 attendees raved about at the recent Conference on Practice Improvement.

STFM Research Committee Seeks Sample Grant Proposals

December 14, 2015—The STFM Research Committee is looking for previously funded or rejected grant proposals for under $100,000. The proposals will be used in a mock review session to help attendees learn the dos and don’ts of grant proposals. The session will be at the 2016 STFM Annual Spring Conference in Minneapolis.

fmCASES Seeks Associate Editors

December 9, 2015–The Family Medicine Computer-Assisted Simulations for Educating Students (fmCASES) is seeking associate editors. Associate editors serve a 2-year term, are responsible for editing up to seven cases, and are expected to attend the 2 Editorial Board meetings each year. 

Juliann Binienda, PhD, Named 2016 STFM National Clerkship Curriculum Fellow

November 25, 2015—Juliann Binienda, PhD, has been selected as the 2016 STFM National Clerkship Curriculum Fellow. Her yearlong fellowship begins in January.

Larry Peery Hired as STFM’s Web/IT Development Manager

November 12, 2015—Larry Peery has been hired as STFM’s Web/IT Development Manager. In this position he will plan and coordinate web development and IT projects. 

Inaugural Class of Leading Change Fellows Announced

November 11, 2015—The inaugural Leading Change Fellowship class includes 10 two-person interprofessional teams of mid-career and senior faculty. This group will begin their yearlong fellowship at the Conference on Practice Improvement, held December 3-6 in Dallas.

New Resources for Osteopathic Accreditation Requirements

October 30, 2015–This Single Accreditation System guide (requires login) gives program directors a jump start for understanding the accreditation system. It features an in-depth comparison of the differences between the allopathic and osteopathic accreditation requirements and gathers resources for frequently asked questions about the unification, including next steps and timelines for the process. It also explains the requirements for osteopathic recognition for allopathic programs.

Last Chance to Submit Trustee and Committee Nominations

Nominations for the STFM Foundation Board of Trustees and STFM Committees are due November 9. Trustees serve on the Foundation Board, which works to grow the capacity of STFM to achieve its mission and goals. Committee nominations are for positions on the standing STFM committees. 

Encourage Your Residents to Attend the Practice Management Boot Camp at the Conference on Practice Improvement 

October 15, 2015–New this year to the Conference on Practice Improvement is a hands-on workshop for experienced residents, new practicing physicians, and new faculty.The presenters will engage the participants in active conversation and small-group activities to address issues such as: 

  • How to be a good partner in a busy practice
  • The role of primary care in accountable care organizations
  • Understanding the importance of visit coding, relative value units, and how to get paid
  • What to know prior to signing a first contract
  • Basic financial planning, including employer benefits, loan repayments programs, and planning for the future
  • The use of data to improve clinical practice and patient health

Register today for the conference and enroll in the Practice Management Boot Camp preconference workshop.

The American Board of Family Medicine Foundation Funds Faculty for Tomorrow

October 15, 2015–The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Foundation awarded a grant of $75,000 to the STFM Foundation to fund Faculty for Tomorrow, a 2-year initiative to address the shortage of family medicine faculty.  “The ABFM Foundation has signaled its support for enhancing the skills of faculty needed to prepare future family physicians to practice in a rapidly changing health care system,” says James Puffer, MD, ABFM president and CEO. “The Foundation's support of STFM's Faculty for Tomorrow is a logical extension of its efforts to identify and prepare faculty for this important task.”

Former STFM Employee Receives Prestigious Honor from AAFP

October 2, 2015—The American Academy of Family Physicians has given its highest honor to a family physician whose journey into medicine was anything but typical. Maureen E. Murphy, MD, began her career in journalism and public relations, but today she was named the AAFP’s 2016 Family Physician of the Year. The award honors one outstanding American family physician who provides patients with compassionate, comprehensive care, and serves as a role model in his or her community and to other health professionals. She accepted the award during the AAFP’s annual meeting, the Family Medicine Experience.

Read the Fall Positions and Opportunities Book

STFM's 2015 Fall Positions and Opportunities Book (PDF) contains faculty opportunities around the country. Each year, STFM produces two Positions and Opportunities Books. This fall issue was sent electronically to all STFM members.

Family Medicine Specialty Develops Entrustable Professional Activities

September 30, 2015–Family medicine organizations have developed Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) for Family Medicine End of Residency Training. The list of 20 EPAs collectively defines the type of care that the residency graduate can be trusted to deliver to the public. It also defines the expectations for the education of family physicians and integrates all of the core competencies, subcompetencies, and their specific milestones. The EPAs do not need to be reported; they are intended to be used on an individual program basis as part of evaluation tools that are ultimately used in Milestones assessment.

2016 STFM Student Scholars Announced

September 29, 2015—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine is pleased to announce its selection for the STFM Conference on Medical Student Education Student Scholarship Award. This award highlights students who demonstrate promise as an educator, advocate, or scholar in family medicine. Each student will receive a $500 scholarship, STFM membership, and a complimentary registration to attend the STFM Conference on Medical Student Education. The target school student—a student at a school without a family medicine department—will receive an additional $500 in scholarship funds which is provided by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

Melissa Gerdes, MD, to Take the Stage to Assert the Need for Value-Based Payment Models

September 10, 2015—“Our current payment system, while partially responsible for technical advances and amazing capability building, is not sustainable from financial or access perspectives,” says Melissa Gerdes, MD, vice president and chief medical officer of outpatient services and ACO strategy at Methodist Health System in Dallas, TX. “A value-based system moves from reward for effort to reward for outcomes; it will drive the concept of access to the right care at the right time and place for an affordable price.”

STFM Launches Blog Competition

September 15, 2015–Students, residents, and fellows are invited to participate in a blog writing competition where the top blog post author in each category will receive a $300 gift card. Authors should write on what family medicine means to them as learners, using insights gained from the recent Family Medicine for America’s Health special issue of the STFM journal, Family Medicine. Blog posts should describe an experience involving a mentor, a particular practice, or a specific patient that made the learner want to pursue family medicine as a career. 

President of the Medical Group Management Association to Call on Physicians to Embrace Collaboration

September 11, 2015—Halee Fischer-Wright, MD, MMM, CMPE, president and chief executive officer of the Medical Group Management Association, will take the main stage at the 2015 Conference on Practice Improvement and challenge physicians to “stop whining and start leading” health care transformation.

Family Medicine for America's Health Outlines Strategic Agenda

September 8, 2015—Family Medicine for America's Health today released goals for transforming the nation's primary care system. These goals reflect a vision and approach to modernize family medicine and primary care that were outlined in a September special edition of Family Medicine, the official journal of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

Nicole Jacobs-Silvey Hired as STFM’s Development Manager

August 28, 2015—Nicole Jacobs-Silvey has been hired as STFM’s Development Manager. In this position Nicole will develop and execute fund-raising activities and programs for the STFM Foundation. She will also administrate grants for both STFM and its Foundation.

Thomas Bodenheimer, MD, MPH, to Offer Tips on How to Reduce to Physician Burnout

August 21, 2015—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine has invited Thomas Bodenheimer, MD, MPH, co-director of the Center for Excellence in Primary Care, to present at the Conference on Practice Improvement.

Liz Romine Joins STFM as Administrative and Member Services Assistant

August 14, 2015—Liz Romine has been hired as STFM’s administrative and member services assistant. In this position, Liz provides administrative and IT support for the membership and conference departments, assists with CME accreditation, and executes administrative activities for staff.

Emily Walters Joins STFM as Writer/Project Manager

July 14, 2015—Emily Walters has been hired as STFM’s writer/project manager. In this position, Emily assists with the development, implementation, and evaluation of new projects and initiatives and develops copy for marketing STFM products and services.

Ray Biggs, MBA, Named Technical and Program Specialist

July 13, 2015—Ray Biggs, MBA, has been hired as STFM’s technical and program specialist. In this position, Ray will manage technical aspects of STFM websites, databases, and conferences, and provide technical support to members.

New Task Force to Plan STFM 50th Anniversary

June 26, 2015—STFM has named a new task force to prioritize and coordinate the celebration activities for STFM’s 50th anniversary in 2017. The task force is planning a yearlong celebration that will be relevant to both senior faculty who have been significantly invested in STFM as well as new faculty who are just getting to know STFM.

STFM Seeks Student and Resident Representatives

June 14, 2015—
STFM is seeking both a Student and Resident Representative to the STFM Board of Directors. Both are 1-year terms with the option to renew. The representatives are elected at the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) National Conference on July 30, 2015. 

Apply to Serve on the STFM Board of Directors

June 11, 2015—STFM is accepting self-nominations for the 2016 president-elect and member-at-large positions on the STFM Board of Directors. Both have 3-year terms.

Review and Comment on Proposed on Maternity Care and Procedures Guidelines

May 29, 2015—The academic family medicine organizations, united as the Council of Academic Family Medicine (CAFM), are soliciting review and comments of two sets of guidelines for family medicine residency programs: Maternity Care Guidelines and Procedures Guidelines.

Faculty for Tomorrow Initiative to Address Faculty Shortage

May 15, 2015—STFM is responding to the shortage of faculty in family medicine with a new initiative funded by the STFM Foundation. Faculty for Tomorrow is an initiative to address the challenges with recruitment and retention of sufficient numbers of family medicine faculty. Funding will come from corporate/institutional donors, as well as individuals. To help the STFM Foundation support initiative, donate online to the Faculty for Tomorrow fund.

STFM Launches Interprofessional Leading Change Fellowship
April 30, 2015—STFM has launched a new yearlong fellowship for mid-career and senior faculty in clinical leadership roles. The inaugural class of the Leading Change Fellowship will begin training at the 2015 STFM Conference on Practice Improvement in December.

Olapeju Simoyan, MD, MPH, BDS, Named 2015 STFM Medical Journalism Fellow

April 14, 2015—Olapeju Simoyan, MD, MPH, BDS, has been selected for the 2015 STFM Fellowship in Medical Journalism. Her yearlong fellowship begins in June. Designed for new faculty, the STFM Fellowship in Medical Journalism provides a 1-year experience in medical journalism with the editorial and publishing teams at Family Medicine

STFM Names Jim Johnson as Director of Information Technology and Web Development

April 6, 2015—Jim Johnson has been hired as STFM’s new director of Information technology and web development. In this position, Jim will provide oversight for all IT development and maintenance, including websites, the STFM member database, servers, computer hardware and software, and A/V equipment.

Stephen Wilson, MD, MPH, to Speak on Delivering High Quality Feedback

March 30, 2015—Stephen Wilson, MD, MPH, will take the main stage on Wednesday, April 29 at the 2015 STFM Annual Spring Conference to present “Bettering Ourselves to Better Our Learners: Applying Feedback Lessons From Apples, Angels, PTSD, Stallone, and Ronda Rousey.”

Emerging Leaders Fellowship Class of 2015-2016 Announced

March 25, 2015—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine is pleased to announce the newest Emerging Leaders Fellowship class. The class includes 18 fellows representing family medicine residency programs and departments from across the United States. This group will begin their yearlong fellowship at the STFM Annual Spring Conference, held April 25-29 in Orlando.

Learn to Recognize and Put Your Leadership Power Into Action at the STFM Annual Spring Conference

March 13, 2015—Jeri Hepworth, PhD, and John Franko, MD, will team up to lead interactive sessions about leadership and advancing change at the STFM Annual Spring Conference in Orlando on Sunday, April 26, 2015. 

Malachi O’Connor, PhD, to Give Insights on Family Medicine's Past, Present, and Future at the 2015 STFM Annual Spring Conference

February 27, 2015—Malachi O’Connor, PhD, will speak about the past, present, and future of family medicine in his general session, “A Brief Ethnography of Family Medicine—Three Stories,” at the STFM Annual Spring Conference in Orlando on Monday, April 27, 2015.

Kara Odom Walker, MD, to Speak on Revolutionizing Primary Care Research to Improve Health
February 13, 2015—Kara Odom Walker, MD, MPH, MSHS, deputy chief science officer of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), will take the main stage at the 2015 STFM Annual Spring Conference to present “What Is PCORI Doing? Primary Care and Beyond.” Dr Walker will outline how PCORI is revolutionizing primary care by providing researchers the tools they need to work faster and more economically and by providing primary care teams the information they need to provide the best care possible.

Dennis Dimitri, MD, Selected for the 2015 STFM Advocate Award

February 12, 2015—Dennis Dimitri, MD, will receive the STFM Advocate Award at the 2015 STFM Annual Spring Conference in Orlando. This award honors STFM members for outstanding work in political advocacy. Dr Dimitri was selected due to his advocacy efforts in his home state of Massachusetts and for encouraging his students, residents, and peers to become involved in advocacy.

Behavioral Science/Family Systems Educator Fellowship Class of 2015-2016 Announced

January 15, 2015—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine is pleased to announce the seventh Behavioral Science/Family Systems Educator Fellowship class. The class includes 16 fellows representing family medicine residency programs and departments from across the United States. This group will begin their yearlong fellowship at the STFM Annual Spring Conference, held April 25-29 in Orlando.

Five New Faculty Members Awarded Scholarships to Attend the Family Medicine Congressional Conference

December 17, 2014—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine has awarded scholarships for five new faculty members to attend the Family Medicine Congressional Conference. Scholarship recipients were chosen based on their potential to be exceptional advocates and advocacy leaders within STFM and the broader academic family medicine community. 

Comment Now on Proposed Entrustable Professional Activities for Family Physicians

December 10, 2014—The family medicine organizations are now accepting comments on proposed Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) for Family Physicians. EPAs are the critical activities that constitute a specialty, and the elements that experts and society consider to belong to that specialty. Submit your comments by December 24, 2014.

CMC-Elizabeth Family Medicine Receives Family Practice Management Award for Practice Improvement

December 5, 2014—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine congratulates the CMC-Elizabeth Family Medicine clinic in Charlotte, NC for receiving the 2014 Family Practice Management Award for Practice Improvement at the Conference on Practice Improvement in Tampa, FL. Family Practice Management Medical Editor Kenneth Adler, MD, MMM, presented the award to the clinic’s medical director, M. Quentin Fité, MD.

Juan Robles, MD, Receives H. Winter Griffith Resident Scholarship for Excellence in Practice Improvement and Patient-Centered Care
December 5, 2014—Juan Robles, MD, was named the recipient of the 2014 H. Winter Griffith Resident Scholarship for Excellence in Practice Improvement and Patient-centered Care at the Conference on Practice Improvement in Tampa, FL. This annual scholarship recognizes excellence in practice improvement involving patient-centered care by an outstanding family medicine resident.

Anne Montgomery, MD, MBA, and Michelle Roett, MD, MPH, Selected as Editors for the Family Medicine Residency Curriculum Resource

November 25, 2014—Anne Montgomery, MD, MBA, and Michelle Roett, MD, MPH, will serve 3-year terms as associate editors for the Family Medicine Residency Curriculum Resource.

ACGME Clarifies Requirements for Reporting Faculty Scholarly Activity

STFM, with other CAFM organizations, has worked with the ACGME to clarify the tracking and reporting of scholarly activity. Faculty who are not physicians may be included as core faculty as long as they dedicate 15+ hours per week to the program in four key areas. Read the letter by Peter Carek, MD, MS, chair of the Review Committee for Family Medicine, for more details. 

Macaran Baird, MD, MS, to Kick Off the Conference on Medical Student Education

November 14, 2015—Macaran (Mac) Baird, MD, MS, STFM past president and chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota, has been selected to be the opening session speaker at the 2015 Conference on Medical Student Education. He’ll present ideas educators can implement to prepare themselves and students for the major changes taking place in family medicine. 

David Keegan, MD, and Lana Fehr, MD, to Speak on Growing the Family Medicine Pipeline

October 31, 2014—David Keegan, MD, a leader in the renewal of Canadian family medicine education programs and founding editor of the Shared Canadian Curriculum in Family Medicine, will team up with Lana Fehr, MD, at the 2015 Conference on Medical Student Education to instruct how to build, grow, and foster family medicine interest at their institutions. 

STFM Joins Initiative to Transform Nation's Health

October 23, 2014—Today, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine announced that it has joined a campaign to transform America’s health care system into one based on strong primary care and patient engagement.

This multi-year campaign, created and driven by America’s family physicians and family medicine educators, will focus on transforming America’s health care to make the United States a place where Health is Primary.

STFM Accepting Applications for Leadership Positions

October 15, 2014—STFM is accepting nominations for four standing committees: Graduate Medical Education, Medical Student Education, Program, and Research. Committee members serve 2-year terms and are eligible for an additional term. To apply, complete this form and return to plodge@stfm.org by November 14.

The STFM Foundation is now accepting applications for individuals interested in serving on the STFM Foundation Board of Trustees. Nomination materials are due December 1. 

ACGME Launches New Web Section on the Single Accreditation System for AOA-approved Programs

September 18, 2014—The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education launched a new single accreditation system section of its website, with pages and content created specifically for those from AOA-approved programs interested in learning more about the process of transitioning to ACGME accreditation.

Family Medicine Organizations Ask Congress to Implement New Policies for GME Reform

September 15, 2014—The Council of Academic Family Medicine (CAFM) and the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) join with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) in advocating for policies for increasing accountability and aligning resources in Graduate Medical Education. These policies allow for a budget neutral method of increasing innovation, right-sizing the physician workforce, promoting more ambulatory/community-based training and primary care production, and rationalizing the use of federal dollars to meet the nation’s health care needs.

Behavioral Health Integration Expert Mary Talen, PhD, to Speak at the STFM Conference on Practice Improvement

September 14, 2014—Behavioral health integration expert Mary Talen, PhD, will advise primary care practices on how to integrate behavioral health during the general session on Sunday, December 7, at the Conference on Practice Improvement in Tampa, FL.

Family Medicine For America's Health Launches in October

September 2014—Family Medicine for America's Health (FMAH) will launch on October 22 at the American Academy of Family Physicians Assembly in Washington, DC. The initiative will also launch its website, FMAHealth.org, later this year and is currently working to develop implementation tactic teams.

Glen Stream, MD, MBI, to Speak About the Impact Family Medicine for America’s Health Initiative Will Have on Practices and Training

August 14, 2014—Family Medicine for America’s Health Board Chair Glen Stream, MD, MBI, will present on Family Medicine for America’s Health during the general session on Friday, December 5 at the Conference on Practice Improvement in Tampa, FL.

Dennis Baker, PhD, Named TeachingPhysican.org Editor

August 13, 2014—Dennis Baker, PhD, has been selected as the editor for the online precepting resource, TeachingPhysician.org. His 3-year term began this month. During his term he will expand and improve upon the content at TeachingPhysician.org. Dr Baker will also promote the vision of TeachingPhysician.org through presentations at STFM conferences.  

Renowned Patient Safety Advocate Sorrel King Announced as General Session Speaker for the STFM Conference on Practice Improvement

July 31, 2014—Patient safety advocate Sorrel King will present “Josie’s Story: Family-Centered Approaches to Patient Safety” during the plenary session on Saturday, December 6 at the Conference on Practice Improvement in Tampa, FL.

New Institute of Medicine Report Calls for Medicare Graduate Medical Education Overhaul

July 29, 2014 —Today, the Institute of Medicine released a new report, Graduate Medical Education That Meets the Nation's Health Needs, that calls for changes to GME financing and governance to address deficiencies and shape the phy­sician workforce for the future. The report was created by an expert committee that conducted an independent review of the governance and financing of the GME system. The 21-member IOM committee concludes that there is an unquestionable need to assess and optimize the effectiveness of the public’s investment in GME.

New Residency Accreditation Toolkit Offers Tips and Tools to Help You Meet the New ACGME Requirements

July 15, 2014—Get the background, tools, and training to meet the requirements of the ACGME Next Accreditation System. Learn to assess resident competence and ensure that your graduates have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform their roles in society. Check out the new Residency Accreditation Toolkit, which is free for STFM members.

Drs Ilyas and DeYoung Receive STFM/NIDA Training Awards in Substance Abuse and Addiction

July 15, 2014—Family medicine resident Lara Ilyas, MD, and fellow Dustin DeYoung, MD, were selected to receive STFM/NIDA Training Awards in Substance Abuse and Addiction. They will each receive a training award of $22,000 to conduct an original, mentored pilot/data-gathering study in substance abuse and addiction. Results will be presented at the 2016 STFM Annual Spring Conference in Minneapolis, MN.

Family Medicine Organizations Begin Family Medicine For America's Health Implementation

June 30, 2014—STFM and other stakeholders in Family Medicine for America's Health are implementing the strategic and communications plans. The plans will continue the transformation of family medicine to meet the needs of the American public by achieving the Triple Aim of better care, better health, and lower cost. Six key strategic areas include practice, payment, workforce education, technology, research, and engagement.

Christy Ledford, PhD, Named STFM’s First Medical Journalism Fellow

May 30, 2014—Christy Ledford, PhD, has been selected for the STFM Fellowship in Medical Journalism. Her yearlong fellowship begins June 1, 2014. 

STFM Seeks Student and Resident Representatives to the STFM Board

May 30, 2014—STFM is seeking the next Student and Resident Representative to serve on the STFM Board. The Resident and Student Representatives to the STFM Board are elected directly by their peers at the National Conference for Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students held August 7-9 in Kansas City, MO. 

STFM Launches New Task Force to Develop Leading Change Live Events and Training

May 15, 2014—STFM will launch the Leading Change Tier 2 Task Force in June. The task force will develop and disseminate curriculum and resources to educate and empower family medicine faculty to lead change within their institutions, larger surrounding environments, and their nation. The task force will focus on addressing higher-level, more in-depth topics through live events and live training. 

Call for Applications for Training Award in Substance Abuse and Addiction

April 7, 2014—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine has partnered with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to fund two yearlong training awards of $22,000 each (including $2,000 for a mentor stipend) to support the development of expertise in substance abuse and addiction within academic family medicine. Award recipients will be selected through a competitive process. Applications are due May 31.

Newly Elected Officers Announced

March 28, 2014—Congratulations to the newly elected members of the 2014-2015 STFM Board of Directors. President Elect Mary Hall, MD and Member at Large Linda Myerholtz, PhD, will begin serving their terms in May 2014. 

Emerging Leaders Program Names Class of 2015

March 24, 2014—Sixteen fellows, representing family medicine residency programs and departments from across the United States, haven been selected for Emerging Leaders, a leadership training program for family medicine educators who are new faculty or transitioning to leadership roles.

Task Force Provides Update on Residency Accreditation Toolkit Progress

March 23, 2014—The STFM Residency Accreditation Task Force has spent the first half of 2014 developing user-friendly tools, templates, checklists, modules, lectures, and other resources that residency programs will need to succeed in the Next Accreditation System environment and with the new Program Requirements that become active on July 1, 2014. Read the update on the taskforce's progress and register for the preconference workshop at the STFM Annual Spring Conference to preview the Residency Accreditation Toolkit.

Reformatted LCME Standards and Elements Take Effect July 2015

March 18, 2014—The Liaison Committee on Medical Education approved and published the reformatted 2015-2016 accreditation standards and elements this month. The standards are effective for all accreditation activities scheduled to occur after July 2015. The reformatting simplifies and clarifies the accreditation requirements by reducing the total number of standards from 132 to 12 and adding a concise statement of principles and annotation text to each standard. Read about the new standards and elements

CERA Seeks Experienced Researchers to Volunteer as Mentors

March 17, 2014—CERA, the CAFM Educational Research Alliance, is seeking experienced researchers to guide investigators through the research process from survey question development to analysis to publication. For more information and to apply, read the call for CERA mentors.

Join the Final Family Medicine for America's Health Virtual Town Hall on March 27

March 14, 2014—The third and final virtual town hall meeting on Family Medicine for America's Health: Future of Family Medicine 2.0 will take place on Thursday, March 27 at 8 pm ET. 

ACGME Highlights Changes as Residency Programs Move Toward a Single Accreditation System

March 13, 2014—ACGME CEO Thomas Nasca, MD, released a letter yesterday outlining changes that will happen in the next 15 months as the AGCME works with American Osteopathic Association and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine to set in motion single accreditation of all GME programs under the auspices of an expanded ACGME. Read the letter.

Recognize a Mentor at the Annual Spring Conference

February 28, 2014—Has someone helped you (or is currently helping you) in your career path? At this year's STFM Annual Spring Conference, STFM will be highlighting family medicine mentors. Send your brief story (250 words or less) about how a mentor has been instrumental to your career to Traci Nolte

Family Medicine Bids Farewell to a Founding Father, Gayle Stephens, MD

February 28, 2014—G. Gayle Stephens, MD, professor emeritus, University of Alabama at Birmingham, died peacefully at home at age 85 on February 20, 2014 surrounded by his family. Dr Stephens, STFM’s third president and founding president of the STFM Foundation, was instrumental in the creation and evolution of family medicine as a specialty.

Future of Family Medicine 2.0 Committee Meets With Stakeholders

February 27, 2014—The sixth organizational update includes insights from the recent stakeholder retreat, where members of the family medicine community and external stakeholders, including payers, patient advocates, employers, and providers, met to discuss strategic commitments. The update also includes progress notes on building the strategic  and communications plans. Visit STFM's Family Medicine for America's Health: Future of Family Medicine 2.0 page to learn more about the project.

STFM Foundation Seeks Nominations for Board of Trustees

2014 STFM Board of Directors Candidates Offer Position Statements

February 14, 2014—The STFM Nominating Committee has announced the slate of candidates for president elect and member at large of the STFM Board of Directors. The candidates have provided personal histories, position statements, answers to select questions, and short video speeches to inform STFM membership of the contributions they can make to STFM.

Students Recognized for Scholastic Achievements at the Conference on Medical Student Education

February 13, 2014—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine recognizes the scholastic achievements of medical students. Student scholars are selected for their demonstration of leadership, commitment to family medicine, and STFM's core values of integrity, a relationship-centered outlook, openness, nurturing, excellence, and learning. Students are nominated by their educators and submit a statement addressing how they demonstrate STFM's core values and how these values will guide their career. 

STFM Launches New Website

February 10, 2014—STFM launches a new website designed to create a better online experience for members. This new website is paired with a new association management system that will allow STFM staff to improve efficiencies in day-to-day activities and help members get the information they need more quickly.

Future of Family Medicine 2.0 Hosts Virtual Town Hall Meetings and Releases Project Update

January 28, 2014—Family Medicine for America's Health: Future of Family Medicine 2.0 is seeking input from family medicine professionals through three virtual town hall meetings. The first town hall meeting was held January 29. There will be two additional town hall meetings on February 26 and March 26. The FFM 2.0 project team has finalized the current state analysis and developed scenarios and strategies for the possible future states of family medicine. These will inform the strategic plan. Additionally, a survey of nearly 2,000 patients, business and community stakeholders, and medical professionals has also been completed. Read the fifth update for key findings from the survey and details on next steps.

STFM Members Pass New Bylaws

January 24, 2014—The STFM membership passed the proposed bylaws with a 95% majority. A total of 9% of eligible voters participated in the bylaws vote. Read how the new bylaws affect the Society governance structure and the 2014 election.

STFM Announces Plenary Speakers for the 2014 Annual Spring Conference

January 15, 2014—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine has announced speakers for its general sessions at the upcoming Annual Spring Conference, held May 3-7 in San Antonio, TX.

Brian Hischier Named STFM Manager of Online Education

January 14, 2014—Brian Hischier has been hired as STFM’s manager of online education. In this position, Brian will implement and manage a new learning management system, develop and deploy online courses, and record and edit videos.

Behavioral Science/Family Systems Educator Fellowship Class of 2015 Announced

January 11, 2014—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine is pleased to announce the upcoming Behavioral Science/Family Systems Educator Fellowship class. The class includes 16 fellows representing family medicine residency programs and departments from across the US. This group will begin their yearlong fellowship at the STFM Annual Spring Conference, held May 3-7 in San Antonio, TX.

Residency Accreditation Toolkit Will Help Programs Meet New Requirements

December 20, 2013—Since its creation last summer, the Residency Accreditation Toolkit Task Force has been on a fast track to develop resources to help members meet the requirements of the New Accreditation System and key components of the new FM-RC requirements. The Residency Accreditation Toolkit will launch by summer of 2014 and include concise, how-to information on addressing the key components of the New Accreditation System, including Milestones, Clinical Competency Committee, and Clinical Learning Environment Review visits. The task force will address faculty development needs through online modules within the toolkit, as well as presentations/workshops at STFM conferences and On the Road presentations.

New STFM Group on Serving the Underserved Forms

December 18, 2013—Approved last month, the new STFM Group on Serving the Underserved will be devoted to increasing awareness and opportunities for members to serve underserved populations. Group members will connect and collaborate on curriculum development, advocacy, and other projects. The group will also work to improve cultural competencies in the care of underserved communities. Nicholas Apostoleris, PhD, MBA, serves as group chair.

Call for Authors for the STFM Education Column

December 11, 2013—STFM Education Column editors are looking for authors as they plan the  2014 editorial calendar. Possible topic areas could include educational innovations, medical student curriculum, resources for residency educators, or faculty development ideas. If you have a great idea or experience to share, consider submitting an article for the STFM Education Column.

five new faculty to attend the Family Medicine Congressional Conference




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