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Faculty for Tomorrow Initiative to Address Faculty Shortage

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. Faculty for Tomorrow will:

  • Expand STFM’s formal faculty recruiting efforts of residents
  • Provide resources and training for new faculty, including those moving from private practice to family medicine education
  • Identify and support young family physicians with leadership potential
  • Ensure leaders of institutions understand the time and competencies required to be faculty

A task force will begin planning in the summer of 2015 and will run through 2017. The Faculty for Tomorrow Task Force will create Residents as Teachers training, resources and training for new faculty, and communications that will help faculty get institutional support to effectively do their jobs and achieve work/life balance.
The members of the task force are:

  • Stoney Abercrombie, MD, AnMed Health, Anderson, SC
  • Paul Gordon, MD, MPH,  University of Arizona-Tucson
  • Sharon K. Hull, MD, MPH, Duke University
  • Kelly Jones, MD, Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California
  • Stan Kozakowski, MD, American Academy of Family Physicians, Leawood, KS
  • Paul R. Larson, MD, UMPC St Margaret Family Medicine Residency, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Steven Lin, MD, Stanford School of Medicine
  • Cathleen E. Morrow, MD, Geisel School of Medicine, Lebanon, NH
  • Dawn M. Pruett, MD, McKay-Dee Family Medicine Residency, Ogden, UT
  • Meaghan P. Ruddy, MA, PhD, The Wright Center for GME, Hamel, MN
  • Sonya Shipley, MD, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS

The task force is chaired by Stoney Abercrombie, MD, the director of medical education at Anmed Health and associate dean at the College of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. 

Dr Abercrombie said he is looking forward to working with the task force to enhance the education and recruitment of all new faculty, including recent residency graduates and transitioning, experienced clinicians.

“I remember the gut-wrenching stress I experienced transitioning from 8 years of private practice to faculty in 1989. This task force will deliver resources and training to positively enhance this transition,” said Dr Abercrombie. “With the need so critical, I am excited to share my experience and influence the next generation of family medicine teachers.”

The STFM Foundation is raising $130,000 to support the initiative. The STFM Foundation launched this special fundraising campaign after it identified the following faculty recruitment and retention challenges:

  • Substantial salary differential between private practice and academic practice
  • Lack of institutional support for faculty time: increasing hours, stagnating salaries
  • Perception that private practice is a required step before taking on a faculty position
  • There aren’t enough family physicians, so there’s not a big base to pull from

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.

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