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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.”

This grant, along with STFM member donations, supports Faculty for Tomorrow’s mission to assist in the recruitment and retention of family medicine faculty. An STFM task force has already begun work on resources and training to address the faculty shortage. The tasks include the development of:

  • Residents as Teachers in-person training and online resources and curriculum 
  • Marketing campaigns to encourage residents to pursue faculty positions
  • A virtual training track that will include online modules and webinars to support new faculty
  • Advocacy resources and training for faculty to receive adequate institutional support  for the time and training necessary for excellence

“With this significant gift from the ABFM Foundation, we are now just $10,000 away from our fund-raising goal of $130,000,” says STFM Foundation  Development Manager Nicole Jacobs-Silvey. “We hope our members continue the momentum and help us to become fully-funded by the end of the year.”

To make a donation or learn more about Faculty for Tomorrow, visit the STFM Foundation page.  

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