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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.

One of the most popular elements of the day was the interactive breakout sessions that covered topics such as giving feedback, clinical teaching skills, strategies for success, and writing a CV. Gretchen Dickson, MD, and Carlos Gonzales, MD, gave inspiring presentations about their personal paths to academic family medicine careers. Workshop attendees also benefited from an informal mentoring luncheon with the STFM Board of Directors, a career-planning panel, and a speed-mentoring session.

At the end of the day, one attendee shared that “This was a very fulfilling experience and a great opportunity to gain insight into a career in academic family practice…I will recommend this to my home program and anyone interested in academic family medicine.” Following the workshop, participants reported improvements in their confidence levels for every measure: clinical teaching skills (4.48 to 4.84), giving feedback (4.45 to 4.98), writing a CV (4.27 to 5.05), and how to apply to a faculty position (3.06 to 4.89). 

This workshop is one of many activities the Faculty for Tomorrow Task Force has planned for the next 2 years. The task force launched a webinar series for students, residents, and new faculty. The webinars will cover career-related topics, from how to get a start in academic medicine to understanding funding models in residency programs. Webinar recordings and registration for upcoming webinars are at stfm.org/OnlineCourses/Webinars/F4T.

The next Faculty for Tomorrow Workshop for Residents is May 5, 2017, in San Diego, CA. Residents can apply for a scholarship to help cover travel expenses for the workshop; the scholarship application period will open in late fall.

Faculty for Tomorrow is a 2-year initiative to address the shortage of family medicine faculty. The focus of the initiative is to expand STFM’s formal faculty recruiting of residents, provide support for especially talented young faculty, and identify and support young family physicians with leadership potential. To support this vital mission, donate at stfm.org/Foundation/Donate.

Faculty for Tomorrow is supported by the American Board of Family Medicine Foundation and the STFM Foundation. The Faculty for Tomorrow Workshop for Residents was supported by the US Army Medical Recruiting Brigade.

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