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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. 

John Franko, MD, will chair the Leading Change Tier 2 Task Force. Dr Franko is the department chair at East Tennessee State University, a 20-year member of STFM, and has been a member of Association of Department of Family Medicine (ADFM) for 7 years. He was on the development/oversight committee for the STFM Emerging Leaders program and is a member of the ADFM Leadership Development Committee, an important tie for aligning with ADFM’s activities in this area./p>

Twenty-nine applications were received to serve on this task force, and 11 were chosen. The new task force is composed of the following members:

  • John Franko, MD, East Tennessee State University
  • Laurie Belknap, DO, The Ohio State University
  • Leanne Chrisman-Khawam, MD, MEd, Case Western Reserve University Family Medicine Residency, Cleveland, OH
  • Gretchen Dickson, MD, University of Kansas (Wichita)/Wesley
  • Mark Greenawald, MD, Carilion Clinic Department of Family and Community Medicine, Roanoke, VA
  • Grant Greenberg, MD, MA, MHSA, University of Michigan 
  • Christine Jacobs, MD, Saint Louis University Family Medicine Residency, St Louis, MO
  • Jennifer Johnson, University of California, San Diego 
  • Randall Longenecker, MD, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Michael Mendoza, MD, MPH, University of Rochester
  • Deborah Taylor, PhD, Central Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency, Lewiston, ME
  • Therese Zink, MD, MPH, Wright State University

Task force members will serve from June 2014 through May 2016. During this 2-year period the task force will:

  • Review objectives developed by the first task force and determine which are not met through the online modules
  • Determine whether new objectives need to be added to meet the leadership needs of senior-level faculty, develop and deliver live content to meet unmet and new objectives 
  • Determine how live courses and online modules can be woven into existing leadership programs 
  • Develop a sustainability plan for the modules and live training to perpetuate the training of leaders in academic family medicine

Training future leaders is key to family medicine’s growth. STFM launched the first Leading Change Task Force in 2013 to create online learning modules that develop leaders in all areas of family medicine. The task force created 12 online learning modules that were released to the public in April 2014. Those modules can be found here:

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