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STFM Launches New Member Collaboration Site, STFM CONNECT

September 30, 2016—STFM members now have a new and improved way to network and collaborate around special interests and common goals. The new STFM CONNECT online hub offers members an easy way to get questions answered and to share successes or challenges in family medicine education. The site includes a new STFM Member Forum as well as a variety of STFM Collaborative and Special Project teams. Members receive convenient daily digest emails of all forum activity making staying connected with peers easy and manageable.

Since the September 15 launch, STFM CONNECT activity has been brisk with more 14,000 views of the daily digest emails and more than 600 members already logging into the site. More than 200 messages have been posted including active discussions on student notes in EHRs and how to get milestones data on residents from community subspecialists.

Don't miss out! If you haven't already explored the STFM CONNECT site, do so by visiting To access the site, login using your STFM username and password. The Quick Start Guide (PDF) will lead you through updating your profile, searching the member directory for future collaborations, and instructions for posting a message in the STFM Member Forum, as well as managing your memberships in collaboratives and special project teams.

STFM works hard to continually evaluate and improve its offerings so that STFM members can connect with each other and find value in their Society membership. In early 2016, STFM sought input on members' experience with the STFM groups through member focus groups, we well as through discussions with the STFM Communications Committee and STFM Board of Directors. It became clear that there was a need for an enhanced networking and collaboration structure that provided a consistent, positive experience.

As a result of this member feedback, STFM leadership approved a group structure plan that created new collaboration types with requirements and expectations to enhance member engagement. Previous STFM Groups were given the opportunity to transition to one of the new collaboration types, STFM Collaboratives and Special Project Teams, or simply use the popular STFM member forum for discussion. For more information about the requirements and benefits of collaboratives and special project teams, visit

If you have any questions or feedback about the STFM CONNECT site, contact Traci Nolte at

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