Growing up in Houston, Texas, Dr Elliott graduated from Rice University and received her medical degree from University of Texas Medical Branch. She went on to complete her residency in Family Medicine at Albert Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center Residency Program in Social Medicine. Dr Elliott serves as vice president of Academic Affairs and Research, chief academic officer, and designated institutional official at JPS Health Network, Ft Worth, TXi. She s board certified in Family Medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine. She is a past president and past board chair of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians. She has been a long standing member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) and is also a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) (Fellow). She has served on the STFM’s board of directors, the ACGME Family Medicine Milestones Committee, and the AAFP Commission on Education. She served as the STFM appointed member to the national Academic Family Medicine Advocacy Committee (AFMAC) and later served as chair of the committee. She is an associate editor and serves on the editorial advisory board for Practice Update-Primary Care, an online weekly journal and healthcare news review resource and has served as a peer reviewer for the Family Physicians’ Inquiries Network (FPIN).
Dr Elliott was the recipient of the John R. Kelsey, Jr., MD Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching. She is also a recipient of the Daniel C. Leicht, MD Award for Social Medicine for Outstanding Achievement. She was the recipient of the Baylor College of Medicine Leonard D. Moise Teaching Award and the Texas Academy of Family Physicians (TAFP) Exemplary Teaching Award. She was also the recipient of the TAFP Political Action Committee award. In 2014, she received the TAFP Special Constituency leadership award for outstanding leadership in family medicine. Dr Elliott was appointed to the C.E. "Woody" Woodson Endowed Professorship in Family Medicine from 2011-2016.
Dr Elliott’s academic interests include graduate and undergraduate medical education, learner assessments, health care advocacy and policy, and leadership development and mentoring. Her clinical interests include primary prevention, chronic disease management, women’s health, migraine management, ambulatory procedural training, patient education, community medicine,
Her personal interests include singing/vocal performance, collecting art, cooking, dancing, public speaking, travel, and hanging out with her dog, Baxter.
STFM continues to lead and anchor the academic mission for the family of family medicine by transforming the health of our patients and communities through educating and empowering our faculty, residents, and students. The changing winds of healthcare have posed new challenges for us as family medicine educators; however, STFM stands strong in its values of relationship, integrity, excellence and diversity, and remains a change-agent for the transformation of medical education and healthcare. For the majority of my twenty-year career, I have been proud to be a member of STFM, partnering with my colleagues in the areas of advocacy/policy around physician workforce and graduate medical education funding, and also in the areas of diversity and faculty and leadership development.
I am excited and honored to be nominated as President-Elect to serve and work together to advance the priorities of STFM and family medicine. The theme I hope to inspire is “inclusive excellence.” The pursuit of inclusive excellence encompasses a strategy to address diversity, inclusion and equity in an active and intentional manner. STFM has valued the diversity we possess within our organization; however, I believe we recognize the need to be more proactive and take a leadership role in the diversity and inclusion for our students, residents, and family medicine educators, particularly in the area of the underrepresented in medicine (URM). Celebrating the racial, ethnic, cultural, and gender diversity in our membership contributes to a richer diversity of thoughts, ideas, and innovation. As we plan for the future and strive towards inclusive excellence, I hope to hear input and feedback from our membership and collaborate on our efforts to build diversity and health equity. This includes collaborating on and leading initiatives to equip and empower our learners and faculty with tactics and tools to address the health care disparities experienced in their own patient populations.
My additional areas of focus as President-Elect and President will include advocacy focused on pipeline/physician workforce and GME funding, leadership development and sponsorship as we foster leadership within STFM and family medicine leadership in academic institutions, faculty well-being, and faculty development that includes interactive learning, curricular innovation, and development opportunities for faculty across the seasons of their career (early, mid-career, and senior).
I look forward to being a voice to further STFM’s role as the definitive leader and resource for family medicine education. I am personally grateful for the impact STFM has had on my career and my purpose as a family medicine physician, educator, leader, and scholar. Thank you for the nomination and the opportunity to continue to serve
Answers to Candidate Questions
What actions does STFM need to take to move STFM toward the goal of being the indispensable professional home for all family medicine educators?
STFM is an invaluable resource for our family medicine educators, providing tools for curriculum, scholarship, mentorship, and faculty and leadership development. To continue the momentum, we can enhance our efforts in the following areas: recruitment and diversity in our family medicine educators, including our clinical preceptor faculty; retention of faculty; faculty development; faculty well-being; and leadership development and sponsorship. Of note, retention and the well-being of our faculty seems to be increasingly at risk. Faculty are faced with competing priorities and higher administrative burdens and clinical demands that are adversely impacting teaching time and personal well-being. Family medicine educators faced with these challenges may look to STFM for guidance to successfully navigate these system demands while sustaining their academic integrity and individual well-being. These resources may include integrated educational and practice management best practices, teaching incentive models, and continued advocacy for decreasing clinical documentation burdens.
Choose one or two key challenges you anticipate that STFM will face in the next 3 years and describe a potential course of action to address each challenge.
- Graduate medical education funding continues to be a challenge and an advocacy priority for STFM. Unfortunately, we have continued to see family medicine residency programs closing across the country. I have personally experienced the closure of my residency program many years ago. As we continue to advocate for sustainable and new models of funding, STFM may be a resource to equip our residency programs with the toolkit to create the value-based proposition/model for their GME program within their health network.
- The growth in diversity of our workforce with regards to the underrepresented in medicine (URM- Black or African American, Latino or Hispanic or Spanish origin, or American Indian or Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander) has been worryingly slow to almost flat in key areas, such as African-American males. I believe STFM will play a key role in changing this trend through prioritizing our URM strategic plan aligned with a health equity strategy to create a diverse pipeline (students, residents, and faculty) in family medicine and academic medicine, which will result in better care and improved health outcomes for our patients and communities.
Share your experience at bringing people together with diverse agendas and finding common ground
Over the years, I have learned and adopted my motto, “Seek first to understand.” My collaborative strategy centers on listening and building relationships to find solutions. This has served me well throughout my career as a faculty, program director, and organizational leader. When serving as chair of the Academic Family Medicine Advocacy Committee (AFMAC), although our family medicine organizations certainly have more in common than not, at times, differing priorities occasionally arose. In my role, I sought to understand each organization’s needs and concerns and be a bridge to create a united agenda for our family medicine academic advocacy priorities.