What's Happening with STFM


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.

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

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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Jan 31-Feb 03, 2019—Conference on Medical Student Education

Apr 27-May 1, 2019Annual Spring Conference




February 15: Deadline to apply for the STFM Medical Editing Fellowship

February 22: Applications are due for the Building Better Clinical Training Experiences pilot project

February 27: Deadline for applications for the CERA Clerkship Directors Survey

March 15: Last day for submissions to the Annual Poetry and Prose Contest

April 10: Call for Presentations Submission Deadline for the Conference on Practice & Quality Improvement