Annual Spring Conference

Don't Miss These Networking and Optional Events

Saturday, April 27

STFM Collaborative Leaders Meeting—5-6 pm
At this meeting, Leaders pf STFM Collaboratives will gather to learn from STFM Leadership, staff, and each other on ways to run effective Collaboratives. STFM Board Liaisons and STFM Board members will also be available to answer questions and provide input.

Conference Orientation—6-6:30 pm
Join your conference attendees as well as STFM Board and Committee members, as we preview the 2019 conference and all that it has to offer you!  This is a fun, informal, open forum for questions and networking.
STFM Annual Poetry and Prose Contest and Reading—6:30–8 pm
The STFM Ethics and Humanities Collaborative is excited to announce the 2019 STFM Annual Poetry and Prose Contest. The theme of this year's contest is: "Of Medicine and Mirth: Expressions of Joy or Humor in Practice."  
Learn how to submit your work 

Sunday, April 28

Networking Reception—5:30–6:30 pm
Celebrate the opening of the conference, visit with our 2019 conference partners, and learn about select STFM products and services.

Sweet Mindfulness: A Chocolate Tasting—4:00–5:30 pm
Mindfulness is a way of bringing one’s complete attention to the present experience, on purpose. Originating in Eastern traditions, mindfulness has been associated with improvements in physical and mental well-being, self-regulation, and coping with life stressors. Of the many forms of mindfulness (including meditation, focused breathing and yoga), mindful eating appears useful to encourage healthier eating. Americans often eat mindlessly, in front of the television or while otherwise distracted, finishing a plate of food without tasting a bite, insensitive to quantity, unaware of satiety or emotional triggers. Mindful eating allows one to notice hunger, fullness and satiety cues, and may facilitate weight loss and advance positive eating behavior. This session will introduce mindfulness, followed by an overview of the origins of chocolate and how it is made. Participants will enjoy a guided chocolate tasting workshop, using 4-5 varieties of chocolate, as a means to teach and model mindful eating. Chocolate is America’s favorite flavor and treat. Its consumption is known to increase positive mood and be associated with other positive health benefits. We hope you will join us for a sweet mindful end to your conference day. Fee: $75. Sign up during registration. Already registered? Call 800-274-7928 to sign up for the session.

Tuesday, April 30

STFM Foundation Marathonaki Fun Run/Walk—6:15 am (meet at STFM Registration Desk)
Socialize with colleagues, get some exercise, and raise money for the STFM Foundation at the STFM Foundation Marathonaki Fun Run/Walk. We are suggesting a $50 tax deductible donation, however, you are not required to donate to participate. All walkers and runners will receive a commemorative t-shirt (while supplies last)

STFM Movie Night—8 pm
Join colleagues for the annual movie night to view a movie or documentary of relevance to family medicine.  The movie will be followed by audience discussion and reflection with a moderator and special guests.

Annual Spring Conference Dance Party—9 pm-Midnight
Celebrate with new and old conference friends on the dance floor, to the sounds of one of Toronto’s best cover bands

Toronto Blue Jays Discounted Baseball Tickets for STFM Attendees

Take in a ballgame with colleagues on April 26, 27, 28 as the Toronto Blue Jays take on the Oakland Athletics for a home series!
Discounted tickets are available for STFM attendees Discount Code: STFM19

STFM Collaborative and Special Project Team Meetings
These meetings are open to all members who would like to get involved. A final listing of meetings will be included in the conference Final Program as well as in the conference app.

  • Monday, April 29:    
    • 7:15–8:15 am  (Breakfast Discussion Tables)
    • 12:30–1:30 pm (Boxed Lunch)
  • Tuesday, April 30:     
    • 12:30 – 1:30 pm (Open Lunch)

“Teach & Transform” with STFM Products & Services
 During dedicated poster hall times, Visit with STFM staff and member leaders to learn more about specific STFM products and services that can help you teach and transform in your departments and programs.

During dedicated poster hall times

  • Sunday, April 28
  • Monday, April 29
  • Tuesday, April 30


Additional Educational Opportunity for STFM Conference Attendees

 May 1-3, 2019

Fundamentals of Education Scholarship in Family Medicine

-Essential knowledge and practical tools to engage in impactful education scholarship.

Hosted by the University of Toronto, Department of Family & Community Medicine, Office of Education Scholarship

This course is designed for Family Medicine educators interested in developing and conducting a medical education scholarship project at their own institution.  Our dynamic and interactive program will be led by world‐leading scientists in education and family physician scholarship program leaders from the University of Toronto. Our faculty members will bring expertise in qualitative and quantitative research and represent diverse theoretical, disciplinary, and methodological perspectives.  Using our unique model for consultations, and our Family Medicine Project Planning Guide, participants will refine their scholarship interests and develop a foundational understanding of research principles, methodologies, and applications needed to complete an education scholarship project. Participants will be eligible for one follow‐up virtual consultation with an education scholarship expert.

For complete information and to register, visit:

Registration fee: $600 USD, $800 CAD; Note: This workshop is limited to 20 participants. 

This course will be presented at the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto, located at 500 University Avenue (3 blocks from the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel).

Contact Us

11400 Tomahawk Creek Parkway

Leawood, KS 66211





Apr 27-May 1, 2019Annual Spring Conference




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