Key Initiatives

Antiracism Initiative

The STFM Antiracism Initiative

From April 2021 through September 2023, an STFM task force implemented an initiative to advance racial equity and reduce the prevalence of racism in academic family medicine. Tactics and action items were aligned with STFM's strategic objectives to:

  • Help members identify racist structures and behaviors within their institutions and work with leaders to implement change.
  • Provide family medicine faculty and learners the knowledge and skills to be effective advocates for antiracism policies and practices in their institutions and communities. 
  • Enhance the knowledge and skills of family medicine faculty and learners in bestowed power and intercultural humility so they may more effectively serve as allies to BIPOC peers and trainees.
  • Help STFM members take action as upstanders
  • Integrate an antiracist analysis and identity into the work of all STFM resources and programming provided to members.
  • Provide support to STFM members in their efforts to transform family medicine educators, learners, and their institutions to be more antiracist.

Academic Family Medicine Antiracism Learning Collaborative

STFM conducted an IRB-approved study to measure the effectiveness of training and implementation of various projects and strategies to:

  • Empower and educate participants so they will identify racist structures and behaviors within their academic institutions and become leaders for change
  • Promote allyship
  • Spread effective change strategies

Between January 2022 and September 2023, selected pairs attended two full-day in-person sessions and five virtual sessions and implemented projects to reduce racism within their institutions. Pairs were assigned mentors who provided guidance and expertise.

Results of the study are pending.

The project was supported by a grant from Adtalem Global Education Foundation.

Implementation Guide for Learning Collaborative Participants

STFM Antiracism Initiative Task Force Members

Chair: Tricia Elliott, MD       
Senior VP, Medical, Academic, and Research Affairs, Chief Academic Officer
John Peter Smith Hospital (Tarrant County Hospital District) Family Medicine Residency, Fort Worth, TX

Thomas W. Bishop, PsyD, MA
Assistant Professor, Assistant Residency Director
University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI

Echo Buffalo-Ellison, MD 
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine, Charleston, SC

Renee Crichlow, MD
Vice-Chair, Boston University Dept. Family Medicine
Boston University School of Medicine

Edgar Figueroa, MD, MPH
Director of Student Health
Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY

Victoria Gorski, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Family and Social Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Bronx, NY

Cleveland Piggott, Jr, MD, MPH
Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for CU Family Medicine
University of Colorado (University Hospital), Denver, CO

Kristin Reavis, MD
Residency Director, Director of Student Diversity & Inclusion in the Office of Student Affairs
University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

Mary Theobald, MBA
Chief of Strategy and Innovation
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, Leawood, KS

Emily Walters
Director of Education and Special Projects 
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, Leawood, KS

Julia Wang, MD (resident)
Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency, Seattle WA

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