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