What's Happening with STFM


New Community Faculty Self-Assessment Tool Provides Personalized Tips to Enhance Teaching

April 12, 2019—A new Community Faculty Self-Assessment tool on provides a way for community faculty to assess their skill in five areas of teaching: the teaching environment, professionalism, learner development, assessment, and curricular content. The results of the assessment, which are completely private and anonymous, are linked to pages on where they can get tips on enhancing their teaching.

Building Better Clinical Training Experiences Pilot Sites Announced

March 27, 2019—The pilot sites for Building Better Clinical Training Experiences program have been selected. The program is designed to increase the pool of community-based preceptors and the quality of training at ambulatory sites. The pilot begins in April 2019 and completes in September 2020, with results being published in 2021.

STFM Adds Two New Collaboratives

March 27, 2019—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Board of Directors has approved the addition of two new STFM Collaboratives: the Osteopathic Medicine Collaborative and the Practice Management Collaborative.

STFM Foundation Gives Grants to Three STFM Collaboratives

March 26, 2019—The STFM Project Fund encourages STFM Collaboratives and Special Project Teams to plan, develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate findings from educationally-related scholarly projects.

2019 Recipients of the Faculty Scholars Program Scholarship

March 26, 2019—Congratulations to the 17 recipients of the New Faculty Scholars Program scholarship. The program provides funding to send participants to the STFM Annual Spring Conference and is designed to be a catalyst for developing future leaders in STFM and other areas of academic family medicine.\

STFM Welcomes Behavioral Science/Family Systems Educator Fellowship Class of 2020

March 13, 2019—Eighteen family medicine faculty have been chosen for the Behavioral Science/Family Systems Educator Fellowship class of 2020.

STFM Welcomes Emerging Leaders Fellowship Class of 2020

March 13, 2019—Seventeen family medicine faculty have been chosen for the Emerging Leaders Fellowship class of 2020. T

Members Approve 2019 Slate for STFM Board of Directors

February 28, 2019—Congratulations to the newly elected officers of the 2019-2020 STFM Board of Directors.

FMAHealth Creates Interactive Presentation to Showcase Accomplishments

February 28, 2019—What has Family Medicine for America's Health been working on these past 4 years? Find out through this interactive presentation.

Support the STFM Foundation by Eating Chocolate

February 28, 2019—Don't miss your chance to indulge at the Annual Spring Conference! All funds raised from the session Sweet Mindfulness: A Chocolate Tasting support the Foundation's programs. Sign up for the session when registering for the conference ($75 per attendee). Already registered? Call 800-274-7928 to sign up for the session.

Shots Immunization App Updated

February 28, 2019—Access easy-to-use, up-to-date vaccine information at the point of care with the updated Shots Immunizations app developed by the American Academy of Family Physicians and Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. 

New Program Offers ABFM Credit for Improvement in Teaching

February 28, 2019—Family medicine departments, residencies, chapters, or other academic units can now apply to be Sponsors of American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Performance Improvement credit. The new Precepting Performance Improvement Program allows Sponsors to offer Performance Improvement credit (MOC IV) to family physicians who teach medical students or residents and who participate in a teaching improvement activity.

Members Appointed to STFM Committees

February 15, 2019—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Board of Directors approved 11 new appointments to standing STFM committees. These members will serve a 2-year term starting May 19. 

Call for Center for the History of Family Medicine Board of Curators Positions

February 14, 2019—The Center for the History of Family Medicine seeks nominations for two at-large positions on their Board of Curators.

Thirty Three Sponsors Complete ABFM Performance Improvement Pilot

February 12, 2019—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) and the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) have wrapped up a pilot program that offers Performance Improvement continuing certification credit (previously MOC Part IV) to ABFM diplomates who provide personal instruction, training, and supervision to a medical student or resident and who participate in a teaching improvement activity.

STFM Announces Candidates for the 2019 Board of Directors

January 31, 2019—The STFM Nominations Committee has put forward a slate of candidates for the 2019 Board of Directors. STFM bylaws require that STFM members approve the slate. Is Looking For Authors

January 30, 2019— is recruiting authors to write peer-reviewed teaching tips for community preceptors.

STFM Board Approves Anti-Discrimination Policy

January 14, 2019—Following thorough conversations about STFM’s role in health equity, the Board of Directors has approved a policy statement against discrimination. We believe STFM and its members benefit from having a strong statement against all discrimination. This policy was developed following more than a year of discussions focusing on how STFM should address health equity issues. 

Call for Applications for "Building Better Clinical Training Experiences: A Learning Collaborative"

January 11, 2019—STFM is accepting applications for three learning collaborative pilot projects, designed to increase the pool of community-based preceptors and the quality of training at ambulatory sites. Family medicine departments, in collaboration with other specialties and professions, will pilot standardized student onboarding resources and processes and/or pilot standardized preceptor onboarding and engagement resources. Resources and processes for each project will be provided by STFM, along with survey and evaluation tools. (call is now closed)

Collaborative Announces Plans for 2019 STFM Annual Poetry and Prose Contest

January 10, 2019—The STFM Ethics and Humanities Collaborative has opened the call for applicaitons for the 2019 STFM Annual Poetry and Prose Contest. The theme this year is "Of Medicine and Mirth: Expressions of Joy or Humor in Practice."

Kim Sevedge Joins STFM as Member Relations Specialist

January 10, 2019—Kim Sevedge has been hired as STFM’s member relations specialist. In this position, Kim serves as the first point of contact for STFM members, works on conference-related tasks, and executes administrative activities for staff.

Preceptor Expansion Initiative Gains Traction

December 19, 2018—For the past 2 years, STFM has been leading an interprofessional, interdisciplinary initiative to address the shortage of high-quality clinical training sites for students. The goals are to decrease the percentage of primary care clerkship directors who report difficulty finding clinical preceptor sites and increase the percentage of students completing clerkships at high-functioning sites. Read the update on the work of each of the five tactic teams.

STFM Launches New Website

December 18, 2018—STFM has launched a new website featuring streamlined navigation and an improved user experience. The site was redesigned based on member feedback, as well as anticipated member needs.

STFM Begins Update of Its Strategic Plan

November 30, 2018—STFM has embarked on an update of its Strategic Plan for 2020–2025. STFM uses its strategic plan to guide the organization and its activities. “The Board takes strategic planning very seriously. The strategic plan guides every major decision and for that reason it is so important that we regularly monitor and revise the plan, using input from our members and environmental scans,” said STFM President Beat Steiner, MD, MPH.

FMAHealth Sponsors National Conversation on Increasing Investment in Primary Care

November 30, 2018—Family Medicine for America's Health (FMAHealth) in collaboration with the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) sponsored, the first national conversation on increasing investment in primary care on November 9, 2018. Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services, spoke about the importance of primary care and ways in which CMMI would be moving forward with alternative primary care payment models.

Sonja Shipley, MD, Named URM and Health Equity Editor

November 12, 2018—Sonja Shipley, MD, is taking on the new role of URM and Health Equity Editor. Dr Shipley will serve a 1-year term, from January to December 2019. As editor, she will curate a series of blog posts on the topic of underrepresented in medicine or health equity and one Education Column piece on health equity.

Julie Beets Joins STFM as Director of Membership and Marketing

November 11, 2018—Marketing communications leader Julie Beets has joined STFM as Director of Membership and Marketing. Julie’s role includes the strategic development and management of long and short-term membership recruitment and retention plans, including leveraging communication that maximizes benefits for members while supporting the STFM brand and core values.

Allison Woodworth Joins STFM as Program Coordinator

October 30, 2018—Allison Woodworth has been hired as STFM’s program coordinator. In this position, Allison provides technical support for STFM members, coordinates projects and processes for several programs and departments, and executes administrative activities for staff.

STFM Foundation Turns Underrepresented in Medicine Campaign Into Long-Term Initiative

October 15, 2018—At the September STFM Foundation Trustee meeting, it was determined that the Underrepresented in Medicine (URM) Campaign should be expanded into a two-phase, long-term initiative to better address the critical shortage of URM family medicine educators.

Results From the 2018 Member Survey

October 12, 2018—In preparation for strategic planning and as part of general operations, STFM sent an online survey to members to assess members’ satisfaction with STFM and to gauge their needs and recommendations for priorities for the organization.

STFM Blog Posts

Getting the Most Out of Your Next Professional Meeting

See how you can best use professional meetings to increase faculty morale, boost your network, and further your scholarly activity work.

Taking Baby Steps to Success

Be inspired by Kehinde Eniola, MD, MPH's journey as an immigrant from Nigeria as she worked to become a family medicine faculty member. What kept her going during this long journey?

Family Medicine Educators Need to Lead on Eliminating Race-Based Medicine

Family medicine educators can take the lead in the elimination of race-based medicine by critically evaluating the ways the current practice of medicine uses race inconsistently and incorrectly.

Going “Glocal” in Yuma Arizona: How to Introduce Global Health Into Family Medicine Curriculum
Read this blog post by Natalia V. Galarza, MD, and Kristina Diaz, MD, find out how residents are taught border and global health in a longitudinal curriculum created to address the singular necessities of Yuma's patient population.

Breastfeeding Behind a Bookshelf
A bookshelf and a shower curtain in a corner of someone else's shared office—this is where Laura Bujold, DO, MEd, was told she could pump breast milk. Read her story and learn how to fight for appropriate accommodations.

Mi Gente
Reflecting about his first STFM Annual Spring Conference, Edgar Figueroa, MD, MPH, writes, "I led one of my first academic presentations but more importantly got to connect with the most Black and Latinx physicians I’ve ever encountered outside of a National Hispanic Medical Association or Student National Medical Association meeting."

One of Those Kids in That Class Is Me, and They Deserve a Chance
"I wanted to share this story because I don't know which one of those kids in that class is me, but I know they're in there," writes Renee Crichlow, MD. "And they deserve a chance." Read her blog post to understand her fight against social determinants to becoming a family physician.

Saying Yes Purposefully
"Many of us spend decades practicing self-flagellation for not learning to say no. Consider yourself liberated from this tyranny," says Jeffrey Haney, MD. Read his blog post and find out how to learn to say yes with purpose.

One African American Woman’s Leadership Journey
STFM Foundation Vice President Judy Washington, MD, kicks off a new blog series, The Path We Took, in which Underrepresented in Medicine members share the path they took to become faculty and leaders in family medicine.


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