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General Session Speakers

Wednesday, January 26
10:30–11:30 am CST

The Scott Fields Lecture: I See You: Connection at the Crossroads

Belinda Fu, MD, University of Washington

The Scott Fields Lecture was established in 2021 to honor the generosity and body of work of Scott A. Fields, MD, MHA, to STFM. Dr Fields has been a major contributor to
the advancement of the
Society and a national leader
in medical student education.
This lecture is a program component of each STFM Conference on Medical
Student Education. 

Battered and bruised by recent global crises, we are slowly reemerging into our communities, seeking to reconnect. How do we rebuild and nurture our shared humanity, and thus prepare ourselves for a world of ongoing uncertainty? The answer may lie in presence. In this session, we will explore the impact of presence on our moments of interpersonal intersection. Drawing from interdisciplinary wisdom, we will practice ways to increase presence so that we may see each other more clearly, connect more deeply, and navigate this new world with relationships stronger than they ever were before.

Learning Objectives:  

On completion of this session, the participants should be able to: 

  • Describe the temporal and relational “Intersections of Presence”
  • State the impact of presence on interpersonal connections
  • Identify at least one action step to practice personal skills of adjusting levels of presence

Dr Fu is clinical assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Washington, and director of theImprovDoc/Mayutica Institute, an education and training organization. She studied at Stanford University, the University of California at San Francisco, and the University of Washington (UW). Belinda currently serves on the faculty of the UW WWAMI Family Medicine Residency Network. Her primary academic interests include pedagogy, communication, medical humanities, and clinician wellbeing. Belinda is an international leader in the field of medical improv, and co-organized the first Medical Improv Train-the-Trainer Workshops ( performs improv as an ensemble member of Seattle Theatresports™.

Thursday, January 27
10:10–11:15 am CST

The Shame Conversation: Bringing Shame in Medical School Out of the Shadows

Will Bynum, MD, Duke University, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Shame is a powerful human emotion that, while normal, can cause significant and prolonged distress and impairment in individuals who experience it. Despite the ubiquitous nature of shame in human life, little is known about its role and impact in medical training, including the triggers that precipitate it, the factors that propagate it, and the effects that follow it. This gap is especially problematic in the medical school environment, where high-stakes assessments, rigorous learning processes, high levels of competition, and challenging transition periods heighten the risk of negative self-evaluation and damaging shame. Associations between shame and burnout, depression, suicidality, and anxiety in psychology provide further urgency to understand shame in medical training, where high rates of similar impairment abound.

Dr Bynum will utilize personal narrative, psychological theory, and his team's foundational qualitative research to guide attendees through an exploration of shame in medical school. This exploration will illuminate potential triggers for shame, factors that fuel shame, phenomenological elements that characterize shame, and impacts that may be caused by shame. After characterizing the nature and essence of shame, He will propose specific ways that learners, educators, and institutional leaders can promote environments and pedagogical strategies that mitigate the risk of—and support constructive engagement with—damaging shame during medical school.

Learning Objectives

On completion of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Define shame, differentiate it from guilt, and describe why this difference matters
  • Outline the potential triggers, contributing factors, effects, and phenomenological elements of shame in medical students
  • List specific ways to facilitate shame sensitive learning environments and partner with learners to constructively engage with feelings of shame

Dr Bynum is currently an associate professor of family medicine in the Duke University School of Medicine. Prior to arriving at Duke in October 2017, he served for 7 years on active duty in the US Air Force. His military service included four years of faculty duties in the NCC Family Medicine Residency Program, a deployment to East Africa as the senior medical director of a special operations command, and multiple overseas trips providing medical support to traveling congressional delegations.  He currently serves as the Duke Family Medicine Residency Program Director and Faculty Advisor to the Duke School of Medicine Student Wellness Committee. His primary academic interest centers on the role of self-conscious emotions (shame, guilt, and pride) in the medical learning experience.  He is conducting this program of research through a PhD in health professions education at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. 

Friday, January 28
11:30–12:30 pm CST

From Four Lanes To Two: Leading When The Lanes Are Closing

Kendall Campbell, MD, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston

The past 2 years have left the world reeling in the wake of the crises of the coronavirus pandemic, political unrest and a capital insurrection, and now witnessed and shared broadly through the media, anti-Black racism, violence and mistreatment of people of color. These crises have been laid atop of needs for health care reform, a shifting to value based care and the reimagining of primary care. This time has been a wakeup call for us as leaders in family medicine, as we seek to train our learners to confront the nation’s health care challenges in the backdrop of a world that looks in many ways to be spiraling out of control.  We battle daily to maintain our sanity and focus, to be role models for our learners and supports to our colleagues, trying always to be present, attentive and productive. As human beings with feelings and emotions, the effects of these crises have impacted our professional and personal lives in ways that will change us forever.  We have been fortunate to witness good fruits of crisis in covid vaccines, new antiracism initiatives and more inclusive policies as we call on our leaders to light the path ahead. Leading through crisis brings to bear more than leadership skills and technical knowhow needed to get to the other side; more than strategy on how to respond or how to navigate a path forward to help the team make it through. It speaks to how a leader prepares the environment for success and recognizes the impacts of crisis on the wellbeing of the team; how the leader can’t lose purpose and hope. In this session participants will explore the challenges brought on by an evolving crisis, when the lanes ahead are closing, and the direction forward is uncertain.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Share impacts of a closing lane  
  • Identify 3 leadership preparations to consider before the lane begins to close 
  • Explore the connection between hope and wellness as they relate an evolving crisis 

Dr Campbell is professor and chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), in Galveston, Texas. He is the Sealy Hutchings and Lucille Wright Hutchings Chair in Family Medicine. He joined UTMB from the East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine where he served as senior associate dean for academic affairs and director of the research group for underrepresented minorities in academic medicine. His interests include recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority students and faculty. He has dedicated his research to this area and to the area of underserved patients in the clinical setting.

Dr Campbell has received honors and awards for his service to the field of medicine including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Service Award, the Exemplary Teacher Award, and the Advancing the Mission of the College of Medicine Faculty Council Award. He as also a 2014-2016 Fellow of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), sponsored by the American Board of Family Medicine. He was elected to the NAM as part of the class of 2021. He is member of the NAM Roundtable on Health Equity, and has completed the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) certificate program. He is faculty in the STFM Leadership through Scholarship Fellowship and along with fellow faculty for this fellowship, received the 2021 STFM President’s Award.