AAFP, STFM, ADFM, NAPCRG, and AFMRD Release Joint Council of Academic Family Medicine (CAFM) Program Statement
June 1, 2023—The AAMC has provided the following guidance for program signals in the 2023-2024 application and interview cycle
Apply to be a Residency Faculty Fundamentals Faculty Instructor
June 1, 2023—The Residency Faculty Fundamentals Certificate Program is an assessment-based online program that includes self-led courses with assignments to provide foundational training for residency faculty.
Resources from the National Institute on Drug Abuse Clinical Trial Network Dissemination Initiative (NIDA CTN DI)
June 1, 2023—The National Institute on Drug Abuse Clinical Trial Network Dissemination Initiative (NIDA CTN DI) has developed three free educational resources to help you in your work with patients who have substance use disorders (SUD):
Residents: Serve on the 2024 STFM Board of Directors
June 1, 2023—Family medicine residents interested in developing leadership skills can apply for the student representative or resident representative position on the STFM Board of Directors. Applications are due July 20, 2023.
Serve on the 2024 STFM Board of Directors
June 1, 2023—The STFM Nominations Committee is accepting self-nominations for the 2024 president-elect, treasurer, and member-at-large positions on the STFM Board of Directors. Positions have 3-year terms.
Call for Faculty to Lead a New Family Medicine POCUS Educator’s Certificate Program
May 19, 2023—STFM is accepting applications for core faculty and faculty instructors to lead a new STFM Family Medicine Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Educator’s Certificate Program. This program will train family medicine residency faculty to serve as their program’s POCUS champion with the skills to train family medicine residents how to effectively use POCUS.
Call for Applications for for Leadership Training for Residency Learning Networks
April 26, 2023—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine is now accepting applications for leadership training for faculty, program directors, and/or associate/assistant program directors who have an interest in leading residency learning networks.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month: Use STFM Resources to Reduce Mental Health Stigma
March 31, 2023—Questions on state licensing applications and those used for hospital, medical group, and health plan credentialing should not deter physicians, faculty, residents, and students from getting the care they need. During May:
- Learn more about mental health stigma and advocate for change
- Share social media messages and graphics on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram
- Read and share new Guidance for Program Director Response to Mental Health Questions
The Newly Revamped Residency Faculty Fundamentals Certificate Program is Now Live
March 23, 2023—STFM is pleased to announce the launch of the revamped Residency Faculty Fundamentals Certificate Program. With input from the STFM GME Committee and staff, the entire certificate program was updated from the ground up in 2023.
Announcing the 2023 Poetry & Prose Contest Winners
March 22, 2023—STFM is pleased to announce the winners of the 2023 Poetry & Prose Contest. Awardees will have the opportunity to read their works at the 2023 STFM Annual Spring Conference on Saturday, April 19 from 6:45-8 pm.
Call for Applications for Faculty Leads for Presentations on Destigmatizing Mental Health Treatment
March 1, 2023—The STFM Board of Directors has approved a 16-month project to reduce mental health stigma for family medicine faculty, residents, and students. This project will build on work completed over the past several months by a short-term workgroup.
New Task Force Will Develop Strategies to Help Residency Programs Meet ACGME Requirements for CBME
February 20, 2023—An STFM task force has been convened to develop resources and training to equip residency programs to deliver competency-based education (CBME) and assessment.
Opening for the Steering Committee of the Conference on Practice & Quality Improvement
March 1, 2023—STFM is now accepting nominations for the Steering Committee of the STFM Conference on Practice & Quality Improvement (CPQI).
Support the Next Generation of Family Medicine Educators at the STFM Foundation’s Annual MediPalooza Event
January 31, 2023—Join STFM members Krys Foster, MD, MPH, and Stacey Gardener-Buckshaw, PhD, MHA for the STFM Foundation’s 2023 MediPalooza Event and learn the hottest dance moves while supporting the next generation of family medicine educators.
Applications Open for Co-Editor of the STFM Education Column
January 12, 2023—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine seeks a volunteer co-editor for its popular STFM Education Column. The co-editor will serve a 2-year term. The column, published monthly in the STFM Messenger, focuses on descriptions of innovative undergraduate or graduate medical education curricula, solutions to address common educational challenges, innovative ways for promoting faculty development, fresh ideas for engaging, recruiting, and retraining preceptors, and other hot educational topics.
Resources for Reducing Mental Health Stigma for Faculty, Residents, and Students
January 10, 2023—Health care professionals, including faculty, residents, and students, are reluctant to seek mental health treatment due to concerns about licensure and the perceptions of supervisors, peers, and patients.
CERA Now Seeking Applications to Serve as Mentor and Survey Reviewer
January 1, 2023– CERA, the CAFM Educational Research Alliance, is a framework to focus and support medical education research. CERA is a collaboration of many of family medicine’s professional organizations (STFM, NAPCRG, AFMRD, and ADFM) that conducts regular surveys of family medicine groups including FM clerkship directors, FM residency directors, FM Department Chairs, FM residents, and medicals students.
Call for Members of a Competency Based Medical Education Task Force
December 1, 2022—STFM is accepting applications for a task force to develop strategies and resources to help family medicine residency programs implement competency-based medical education (CBME). This work will build upon outcomes of a consensus-building summit being held in January 2023.
Upcoming STFM Webinar: Clear Eyes, Full Day, Can't Lose: Time Management Strategies for Busy Folks
November 1, 2022—Ebony Whisenant, MD, has been named the first chair of the newly formed Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, and Accessibility Committee (DEIA) STFM Standing Committee.
Ebony Whisenant, MD, Named Chair of the Newly Formed Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, and Accessibility Committee (DEIA) STFM Standing Committee
October 1, 2022—Ebony Whisenant, MD, has been named the first chair of the newly formed Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, and Accessibility Committee (DEIA) STFM Standing Committee.
Family Medicine Journal Names Octavia Amaechi, MD, as DEIA Editor
October 1, 2022—Octavia Amaechi, MD, has been named Family Medicine’s editor for diversity, equity, inclusivity, and anti-racism (DEIA).
STFM Seeking Nominations for New DEIA Committee
October 1, 2022—STFM is seeking nominations and self-nominations for committee members for the new STFM Standing Committee on Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, and Accessibility (DEIA), which will be formed effective May 2023.
STFM Begins Residency Redesign Initiative With Launch of Competency-Based Medical Education Project
October 1, 2022—Provided by funding from the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM), the grant will support the first phase of a multi-year project to equip residency programs to deliver competency-based education (CBME) and assessment.
Antiracism Survey Results Provide Direction for STFM Task Force, Committee, and Board of Directors
October 1, 2022—In 2021, STFM convened a new task force to support members in dismantling structural racism in medical education. We asked STFM members about Racism in Medical Education and received 1,140 responses about your experiences and asks of STFM.
STFM Foundation Seeks Items for Silent Auction to Take Place During Medipalooza
October 1, 2022—The STFM Foundation is seeking member-donated items for a silent auction to take place during Medipalooza, an annual fundraising event happening May 1, 2023, during the 2023 STFM Annual Spring Conference in Tampa, Florida.
Announcing the New Resident and Student Representatives to the STFM Board of Directors
September 1, 2022—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine is pleased to announce the new student and resident representatives to the 2022-2023 STFM Board of Directors.
Volunteer Reviewers Needed for STFM Conference Submissions
August 1, 2022—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Program Committee is seeking volunteer reviewers for 2023 STFM Annual Conference submissions.
Advocating for Change Within Your Health System: Two New Online Courses Free for STFM Members
August 1, 2022—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine has released two new online courses to help faculty and residents advocate within their health systems.
Call for Applications: Serve on the 2023 STFM Foundation Board of Trustees
August 1, 2022—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine is now accepting applications for individuals interested in serving on the STFM Foundation Board of Trustees. There are potentially two open positions in 2023.
Call for Applications: Behavioral Science/Family Systems Educator Fellowship (BFEF) Co-Director
August 1, 2022—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine is now accepting applications for Behavioral Science/Family Systems Educator Fellowship (BFEF) Co-Director.
Call For Applications: Emerging Leaders Faculty Position
August 1, 2022—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine is now accepting applications for a faculty position with the Emerging Leaders Fellowship.
AFMRD Releases Recommendations for Communication About 2022-2023 Interview Season
August 1, 2022—The Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (AFMRD) released the following recommendations for the 2022-2023 interview season.
STFM Board of Directors Approves Esther Johnston, MD, MPH, as STFM Representative to Wonca
July 5, 2022—The STFM Board of Directors has approved Esther Johnston, MD, MPH, as the STFM Representative to Wonca.
STFM is Seeking Nominations for Multiple Awards
July 1, 2022—STFM is accepting nominations for the following awards. All nominations must be submitted by October 15, 2022
Call for Scholarly Writing Faculty: Provide Writing Mentorship to URiFM Fellows
July 1, 2022—STFM is accepting applications for mid-career faculty with writing experience to become Scholarly Writing Faculty for the Leadership through Scholarship Fellows.
STFM to Work with VA to Deliver Faculty Development
July 1, 2022—STFM has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Office of Academic Affiliations to deliver a faculty development program to health professionals at an additional 21 VA facilities between June 1, 2022 and May 30, 2024.
STFM Board Approves Development of Strategies and Resources to Help Residencies Meet Pending ACGME Requirements
July 1, 2022—By July 2023, family medicine residency programs will need to make major changes to their programs to meet new ACGME requirements. At its May 2022 meeting, the STFM Board of Directors approved a proposal for what will be a multi-year project to:
- Create an innovative model for Residency Learning Collaboratives built on a consistent, sustainable infrastructure
- Equip residency programs to deliver competency-based education and assessment, focusing on “what is learned rather than what is taught”
- Integrate interprofessional behavioral healthcare into residency programs
STFM Seeking Nominations for Open Committee Positions
July 1, 2022—STFM is seeking nominations and self-nominations for open committee positions. Committee members serve a 2-year term and are eligible for an additional 2-year term based on an invitation by the committee chair, acceptance by the individual, and approval by the Board.
STFM Seeks Instructor for Certificate Program for VA Faculty
June 1, 2022—STFM is accepting applications for an instructor to provide feedback to VA faculty on assignments submitted in a Fundamentals in Training certificate program.
Now Accepting Self-Nominations for the STFM Board of Directors
June 1, 2022—STFM is seeking self-nominations for the 2023 president-elect, member-at-large positions, student representative, and resident representative on the STFM Board of Directors.
Congratulations to the 2022 STFM Annual Spring Conference Award Winners
June 1, 2022—The following were presented awards at the 2022 STFM Annual Spring Conference.
Upcoming Scholarships and Award Opportunities
June 1, 2022—The following scholarship and awards programs are seeking nominations and self-nominations.
Moving STFM Conferences and Events: New STFM Policy and the Thinking Behind It
May 25, 2022—Since the Covid-19 pandemic began in 2019, STFM has been forced to move and reschedule multiple conferences and meetings to ensure the safety of our members and staff.
STFM Releases Statement on the Physician-Patient Relationship and Reproductive Health Care
May 13, 2022—STFM opposes laws that interfere with the clinician-patient relationship, restrict residency education to anything less than the full scope of reproductive health care, restrict patient access to care, compound inequities that already exist in health care, or reward vigilante behavior against patients and their health care team.
Call for Applications for Assistant Editor
April 28, 2022—Family Medicine is seeking an assistant editor. This volunteer position will report to the editor of Family Medicine.
Call for Applications for Deputy Editor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
April 28, 2022—The Family Medicine editorial team is accepting applications for a new Deputy Editor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) position.
Nominate a Student for a Scholarship to Attend the 2023 STFM Conference on Medical School Education
April 28, 2022—STFM Foundation Student Scholarship recipients receive free conference registration and up to $500 to cover expenses to attend the STFM Conference on Medical Student Education.
Apply to Present at the 2023 STFM Conference on Medical Student Education
April 28, 2022—The call for presentations for the 2023 STFM Conference on Medical Student Education is now open.
Family Medicine Journal to Transition to Online-Only Publication
April 28, 2022—The STFM Board of Directors approved the transition of Family Medicine to an online-only publication beginning with the January 2023 issue.
Access Content From the 2022 STFM Annual Spring Conference with the New Virtual Supplement
April 28, 2022—The 2022 STFM Annual Spring Conference Virtual Supplement includes access to recordings of three general sessions and more than 50 hours of on-demand, pre-recorded content, along with a virtual poster hall.
Two Positions Open on the Steering Committee of the Conference on Practice & Quality Improvement
April 28, 2022—STFM is now accepting nominations for two positions on the Steering Committee of the Conference on Practice Quality & Improvement.
STFM Antiracism Learning Collaborative Meets in Kansas City
April 22, 2022—Dyads participating in the STFM Academic Family Medicine Antiracism Learning Collaborative completed a two-day training session in Kansas City on April 11-12.
URM Leadership Pathways in Academic Medicine: A Free Online Course for STFM Members
April 11, 2022—STFM has launched a new, free-to-STFM-members online course to help underrepresented in medicine (URM) faculty hone their leadership skills.
New Addiction Modules Provide Training on Evidence-Based Addiction Care
April 1, 2022—STFM’s Addiction Collaborative has developed a new, national addiction curriculum – for residents and faculty – based on evidence-based medical education principles.
Now Accepting Applications: Conference on Practice & Quality Improvement Steering Committee
April 1, 2022—STFM is now accepting nominations for two positions on the Steering Committee of the Conference on Practice & Quality Improvement.
Sarina Schrager named Editor-in-Chief of Family Medicine
March 31, 2022—Sarina Schrager, MD, MS, director of promotions and mentoring for the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Wisconsin, has been appointed editor-in-chief of Family Medicine, the official journal of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Dr Schrager takes the helm on May 1, 2022, succeeding John Saultz, MD, who completes his exemplary 12-year term as editor-in-chief.
Announcing the Newly Elected STFM Board Officers
March 1, 2022—The new slate of candidates for the STFM Board of Directors has been affirmed by the current STFM Board of Directors. Congratulations to the newly elected officers. They will begin their terms in May 2022.
Family Medicine Organizations Share Status on Pilot Project
February 16, 2022—The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recently began to pilot a supplemental application process (separate from ERAS) designed to help students share more about themselves and assist residency programs in finding applicants that fit their setting and mission.
Telemedicine Curriculum Gets High Marks in Pilot Project
February 9, 2022—The STFM Telemedicine Curriculum Pilot Project wrapped up December 31, with more than 1,000 residents and students at 30 medical schools and residency programs completing and evaluating online modules.
STFM Seeking Individual to Serve as Representative to Wonca
January 21, 2022—STFM is seeking an individual to serve as our representative to Wonca. The term as our rep will begin June 1, 2022, and end shortly following the 2025 Wonca World Conference.
Applications Accepted for STFM Education Column Co-Editor
December 16, 2021—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine seeks a volunteer co-editor for its popular STFM Education Column. Applications are due by February 4, 2021.
Comment on Proposed ACGME Revisions to the Family Medicine Program Requirements
December 14, 2021—The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is now accepting comments on a focused revision to the Family Medicine Program Requirements. Comments are due by January 28, 2022.
Dyads Selected for STFM Antiracism Learning Collaborative
December 13, 2021—The STFM Antiracism Task Force as selected twenty dyads to participate in a multi-year learning collaborative to reduce racism in medical education. Dyads include a faculty member from a family medicine department or residency program and an ally from the same program, institution, or health system.
STFM Seeks Mentors for STFM Antiracism Learning Collaborative
December 8, 2021—The STFM Antiracism Task Force is seeking individuals to serve as project mentors to participants selected to take part in the STFM Antiracism Learning Collaborative. Each project mentor will lend expertise to two project dyads between March 2022 and September 2023.
New Resources for Mentorship Programs for URM/BIPOC Faculty
November 30, 2021—The STFM URM Mentorship Group has created a set of resources to help institutions and residency programs develop their own mentoring programs for URM/BIPOC faculty.
Preceptor Expansion Initiative Learning Collaborative Draws to a Close
November 22, 2021—STFM has wrapped up a multi-year pilot project designed to improve administrative efficiencies for community preceptors.
New Online Courses Provide Opportunity to Strengthen Faculty Development Strategies
November 3, 2021—Recently developed online courses provide STFM members with an opportunity to enhance their teaching skills and academic knowledge on a self-directed digital platform.
Institutional Invoicing Provides Advantages to Medical Schools and Residency Programs
November 2, 2021—STFM member institutions can now automate and streamline membership renewal while eliminating the chance for lapsed memberships with STFM's new institutional invoicing.
Workshop and Research Session Helps Members Simplify Research Project Publication
November 1, 2021—STFM, PRiMER, and the URiFM Scholarship group will facilitate a hands-on interactive research session and workshop designed to focus on underrepresented scholars in family medicine education.
STFM Member is Elected to the National Academy of Medicine
October 18, 2021—The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) announced the election of 90 regular members and 10 international members during its annual meeting. Congratulations to STFM member Kendall Campbell, MD, and the other newly elected family medicine members.
Apply to Be Part of an Academic Family Medicine Antiracism Learning Collaborative
October 11, 2021—STFM is now accepting applications for 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
STFM Announces Vaccination Policy for In-Person Events
September 29, 2021—For the safety and comfort of members and to enable in-person events to take place with lower risk to participants, STFM is requiring attestation of COVID-19 vaccination for attendees, partners, and staff participating in STFM in-person meetings and events effective October 1, 2021.
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Opposes Texas Legislation That Undermines the Physician-Patient Relationship and Restrictions to Training
September 15, 2021—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine is deeply concerned about the consequences of the Texas state law Senate Bill 8, which took effect September 1, 2021. These consequences include the effective banning of certain medical communication between a physician and patient, restricting clinical training of the full scope of women’s health care, encouraging rewards for citizens to file claims about suspicions of legal procedures and inspiring the replication of these laws in other states.
New STFM Telemedicine Curriculum is Free for STFM Members
September 1, 2021—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine has launched a national telemedicine curriculum for students and family medicine residents and guidance to help teaching clinicians integrate telemedicine topics into courses, clerkships, and residency curricula. The curriculum is free for STFM members; the guidance for teaching clinicians is free for everyone. The content emphasis is on family medicine, but many components of the resources are applicable to other specialties and health professions.
Family Medicine Journal Seeks Editor in Chief Beginning in 2022
August 9, 2021—John Saultz, MD, Family Medicine Editor-in-Chief, completes his final term in May of 2022 for a total of 12 years as editor. We are indebted to him for his exemplary service and significant contributions to our discipline, research community, and to STFM. Family Medicine seeks to continue its strong tradition of publishing this highly respected journal by launching a national search for its next Editor in Chief.
STFM Seeking Nominations for Open Committee Positions
August 1, 2021—Committee members serve a 2-year term and are eligible for an additional 2-year term based on an invitation by the committee chair, acceptance by the individual, and approval by the Board.
Apply to Serve on the 2022 STFM Foundation Board of Trustees
August 1, 2021—STFM is now accepting applications for individuals interested in serving on the STFM Foundation Board of Trustees. There are potentially four open positions in 2022
Family Medicine Departments and Programs to Pilot STFM Telemedicine Curriculum
August 1, 2021—Seventy-five departments and programs responded to an open call for applications for a pilot project to evaluate the effectiveness of a new telemedicine curriculum for medical students and residents.
Family Medicine Organizations Announce Joint Recommendations for 2021-22 Residency Interview Process
July 6, 2021—The Commission on Education (COE) and the Council of Academic Family Medicine (CAFM) organizations have had extensive discussions about improving equity in the residency application process and reducing challenges students face in the recruitment process including costs, travel, and perceived pressure to apply to a large number of residency programs.
STFM Is Now Accepting Applications for Multiple Award and Programs
July 2, 2021—The STFM Nominations Committee is seeking and accepting nominations for multiple calls including the F. Marian Bishop Leadership Award, the STFM Diversity Award, the New Faculty Scholars Program, and more.
Register for Virtual Panel Presentation - Tax Incentives for Precepting: How Do They Work and Are They Making a Difference?
June 3, 2021—During this free virtual panel presentation, find out how AAFP chapters have been involved in passing legislation in their states and whether tax incentives have made an impact on the shortage of clinical training sites.
Legislation Announced to Permanently Authorize and Expand the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Programs
June 2, 2021—Chairs of key congressional health committees have announced legislation to permanently authorize and expand the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program (THCGME).
Self-Nominate to Be a Part of the STFM Board of Directors
June 1, 2021–The STFM Nominations Committee is accepting self-nominations for the 2022 president-elect, member-at-large, and Council of Faculty Academic Societies (CFAS) representative positions on the STFM Board of Directors.
Call for Applications for a Telemedicine Pilot Project
May 12, 2021–The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine is accepting applications for a national pilot project to evaluate the effectiveness of a new, asynchronous telemedicine curriculum for medical students and residents.
Three Women Leaders of Color Stand United to Advance Family Medicine Priorities
April 26, 2021—At a critical time in our nation's history, family medicine has never been in a better position to lead, proactively responding to racism and health equity issues, while speaking out against inequality and systemic racism.
Applications Are Now Being Accepted for an Opening on the Conference on Practice & Quality Improvement Steering Committee
April 1, 2021—STFM is now accepting nominations for one position on the Steering Committee of the Conference on Practice & Quality Improvement. Applications are due by May 28, 2021.
The STFM Ethics and Humanities Collaborative Is Excited to Announce the 2021 STFM Annual Poetry and Prose Contest Winners.
March 29, 2021—The STFM Ethics and Humanities Collaborative is excited to announce the 2021 STFM Annual Poetry and Prose Contest Winners.
STFM Announces Next Slate of Candidates for the Board of Directors
February 1, 2021—The new slate of candidates for the STFM Board of Directors has been announced, and eligible voters will receive an email shortly with voting information.
STFM Launches New CERA Fellowship
February 1, 2021—The new CERA Fellowship provides one faculty member a yearlong experience with the CERA Steering Committee. Through this part-time fellowship, faculty receive mentorship and training to lay the groundwork to be a future scholarly leader.
New STFM Fellowship to Develop Scholarship in URM Faculty
February 1, 2021—STFM is pleased to announce the launch of the Leadership through Scholarship Fellowship for underrepresented in medicine (URM) minority faculty, scheduled to start in June 2021.
Call for STFM Podcast Host with Focus on Underrepresented in Medicine Residents
February 1, 2021—STFM is now accepting applications for a host for a new STFM podcast focusing on career advice for Underrepresented in Medicine (URM) residents.
Family Physicians Join Push to Reform Primary Care Payment and Regulation
December 31, 2020—The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) has joined with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and five other organizations, representing more than 400,000 primary care physicians nationwide, to take a stand and advocate for major reform in primary care payment and regulation.
Congressional End-of-Year Omnibus Legislation Includes Wins for Academic Family Medicine
December 27, 2020—On December 27, President Trump signed a massive end-of-year omnibus legislative package approved by Congress the previous week. The bill encompassed all annual government funding (appropriations), pandemic aid, and more, including bills with Medicare extenders.
Save $100 on STFM Faculty Development Certificate Programs
December 9, 2020—In response to the financial impact of COVID-19, STFM is offering a $100 discount— through February 10, 2021—on the highly rated online certificate programs Medical School Faculty Fundamentals and Residency Faculty Fundamentals.
STFM Establishes an Annual Conference Lecture for an Esteemed Medical Student Education Leader
November 10, 2020—In appreciation and recognition of his leadership and generous contributions of time, talent, and resources to medical student education, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) and the STFM Foundation created the Scott Fields Lecture to take place each year at the STFM Conference on Medical Student Education, beginning in 2021.
Mike Tuggy, MD, Turns Over Reins of the Family Medicine Residency Curriculum Resource
October 28, 2020—In April 2020, the Family Medicine Residency Curriculum Resource, a repository of more than 200 peer-reviewed family medicine curricula, celebrated its 7th anniversary. In September, Mike Tuggy, MD, the driving force behind the development of the resource, completed his final term as senior editor.
American Board of Family Medicine Foundation Approves Grant Proposal for Underrepresented in Medicine Initiative
October 28, 2020—STFM's current efforts to increase the number underrepresented in medicine (URM) faculty and scholars recently received support from the ABFM Foundation with the approval of a 3-year grant proposal aimed at funding the development of URM leaders. The grant includes leadership, mentorship, and scholarship training.
STFM Anticipates Third Successful Virtual Conference
October 20, 2020—As organizations across the world adjust to mandates necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic and associated social distancing requirements, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) doubled down on its commitment to academic family medicine by nimbly switching gears and re-working in-person conferences to virtual formats.
New Task Force Will Develop Health Systems Curriculum
September 24, 2020—The task force will develop curriculum for residents that covers ACGME requirements for systems-based practice.
Residency Curriculum Resource Associate Editor Position Now Open
August 31, 2020—STFM and the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (AFMRD) are seeking an associate editor for the Residency Curriculum Resource. Associate editors are appointed for a 3-year term, and the position is renewable for an additional 3-year term.
Call for Applications: 2021 STFM Committees
August 30, 2020—Committee members serve a 2-year term and are eligible for an additional 2-year term based on an invitation by the committee chair, acceptance by the individual, and approval by the Board. Slots are open on the following committees: communications, graduate medical education, program, medical student education, and research. Additionally 2 to 3 survey director slots are open for the CAFM Educational Research Alliance (CERA).
John Saultz, MD, Named STFM Representative to CHFM
August 30, 2020—The STFM Executive Committee has selected John Saultz, MD, to be the STFM's Representative to the Center for the History of Family Medicine (CHFM) Board of Curators.
Update on National Dialogue on the Major Revision of the Family Medicine Residency Requirements
July 30, 2020—In early 2020, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) announced plans to conduct a major revision of the Family Medicine Program Requirements. The last major revision went into effect in 2006.
Call for Applications for a Health Systems Curriculum Task Force
July 29, 2020—STFM is now accepting applications for a small team of members to develop resources to train family medicine educators and learners on the business of medicine. This is part of STFM's new initiative, chaired by Christine Arenson, MD, to position academic family medicine in health systems.
Apply (or Encourage a Colleague to Apply) to Be a Participant at the National Summit on the Future of Residency Training
July 1, 2020—In early 2020, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) announced an upcoming major revision to the family medicine residency requirements. The family medicine organizations, including STFM, are collaborating to conduct a National Summit on the Future of Residency Training to inform the initial draft of the major revision.
In parallel, the ACGME Review Committee for Family Medicine will conduct a future forecasting exercise.
Nominations from individuals and organizations are being accepted for both the Summit and the forecasting. The organizers are looking for diverse stakeholders, including practicing clinicians, behaviorists, pharmacists, residency directors, residency faculty, residents, students, major employers, designated institutional officials, and the public.
STFM Endorses AAMC Statement Condemning Police Brutality and Racism's Impact on Health in America
July 1, 2020—STFM signed on as a supporter of the Association of American Medical Colleges' statement entitled Police Brutality and Racism in American and Their Impact on Health.
This follows the recently released letter on social justice from STFM President Tricia Elliott, MD. STFM's policy against discrimination, which was approved by the Board of Directors in late 2018, can be found within the new section on the STFM website about anti-racism and health equity.
STFM Advocates for Telehealth Reform
July 1, 2020—STFM has joined 340 organizations in a letter to congressional leaders asking that they make permanent the access to telehealth services that was allowed during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The letter includes four reform priorities Congress should adopt.
Christine Arenson, MD, Named Chair of STFM Health Systems Initiative
June 29, 2020—Christine Arenson, MD, has been named chair of a new STFM initiative to position academic family medicine in health systems. In this position, she will work STFM staff to convene workgroups to develop and deliver training, build connections with health systems leaders, and advocate for family medicine.
New STFM Leadership Opportunities
June 22, 2020—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine’s (STFM) has announced several leadership opportunities for STFM members.
Peer-reviewed Reports in Medical Education Research (PRiMER) Accepted for Inclusion in PubMed Central
June 11, 2020—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine’s (STFM) online journal, Peer-reviewed Reports in Medical Education Research (PRiMER) has been accepted for full-participation in PubMed Central® (PMC), an archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine
Family Medicine Organizations Respond to COVID-19 Recommendations From Coalition for Physician Accountability
June 2, 2020—STFM joined five other family medicine organizations in considering Coalition recommendations for the 2020-21 residency interview process and the 2021 match.
A Letter From STFM President Tricia Elliott, MD, on Social Justice
STFM Task Force to Develop Telemedicine Curriculum
May 29, 2020—STFM is convening a group of experts to develop national telemedicine curriculum for students, residents, and faculty. The task force is chaired by Steven Lin, MD, Executive Director of the Stanford Healthcare AI Applied Research Team, in Palo Alto, CA.
STFM Is Seeking Applications for the Conference on Practice and Quality Improvement Steering Committee
May 29, 2020—STFM is now accepting applications for a position on the Steering Committee of the Conference on Practice and Quality Improvement. Apply by September 25, 2020.
STFM Is Looking for Its Next Representative for the Center for the History of Family Medicine Board of Curators
May 29, 2020—The Center for the History of Family Medicine (CHFM) is the primary repository of information and resources on the history and evolution of general practice, family medicine, the discipline of family medicine, and family medicine organizations. STFM is inviting applications for the next STFM representative on the CHFM Board of Curators.
STFM Nominations Committee is Accepting Self-Nominations for 2021 Board of Directors Positions
May 29, 2020—The STFM Nominations Committee is accepting self-nominations for the 2021 president-elect, treasurer, and member-at-large positions. All positions have 3-year terms. Nominations are due August 10.
STFM Launches Initiative to Position Academic Family Medicine in Health Systems
May 26, 2020—STFM has launched a new initiative to:
- Ensure that family medicine faculty—including community preceptors in non-academic settings—have sufficient time and institutional resources to teach and meet academic and accreditation requirements
- Preserve comprehensive practice for family physicians and family medicine faculty who wish to practice broad scope
- Improve faculty and learner well-being
- Transform family medicine training sites into clinical and teaching models of excellence.
Applications for an initiative Chair and Assistant Chair are being accepted through June 17.
The Annual Spring Conference Is Now Virtual
May 18, 2020—Because an inclusive and safe off-site conference isn't possible in the current environment, your STFM Board of Directors made the decision to cancel the August 24-28, 2020 Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah and create the first ever virtual STFM Annual Conference. Engaging speakers, innovative sessions, and inspiring poster presentations will now be as close as your nearest device. Jump from clinic to sessions in a flash, and engage with friends and colleagues during invigorating online discussions.
Watch the Annual Business Meeting
May 5, 2020—On Saturday, May 2, 2020, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine held its Annual Member Business Meeting. STFM President Frederick Chen, MD, MPH, presided over the meeting.
Typically, this meeting, as well as the annual transition of STFM leadership, takes place at the STFM Annual Conference. Due to the postponement of the conference, Dr. Chen and the STFM Board of Directors called a special member meeting to be held virtually, allowing the transition of leadership to take place in May.
New CMS Interim Final Rule Allows for Application of Primary Care Exception to Telehealth Services
May 1, 2020—On April 30, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published an update to the interim final rule that was published at end of March. The new rule includes technical changes STFM and the other academic family medicine organizations advocated for to allow for the application of the primary care exception to telehealth services.
CMS Implements Regulatory Changes to Help Healthcare Systems Address COVID-19
April 1, 2020—STFM and other family medicine organizations have been advocating for more flexible requirements to allow faculty to continue to provide quality education to residents, while also addressing the escalating needs of patients. On March 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued temporary waivers and rules in response to the COVID pandemic. Below is a summary of key points that affect academic family medicine practices and resident training.
Academic Family Medicine Organizations Release Policy Statement on "Urgent Actions to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19"
March 27, 2020—The nation's academic family medicine organizations have released a public health policy statement urging the United States to undertake three actions immediately to protect the lives and safety of the public during the COVID-19 crisis: 1) issue immediate "stay at home" orders; 2) dramatically increase testing and train and deploy individuals to find and track cases; and 3) deploy the Defense Production Act to create an adequate supply of personal protective equipment. The policy statement, which was developed by the Association of Departments of Family Medicine, is supported by the American Board of Family Medicine, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors and the North American Primary Care Research Group
Announcing the Poetry and Prose Contest Winners
March 27, 2020—The STFM Ethics and Humanities Collaborative is excited to announce the 2020 STFM Annual Poetry and Prose Contest winners.
Free Access to Family Medicine Residency Curriculum Resources Through May 31, 2020
March 27, 2020—As you’ve been making major changes to your clinical and educational practices to address COVID-19, the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (AFMRD) and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine leadership and staff have been discussing ways to support our members and the family medicine community during this crisis. Effective today, we are offering free access to the Residency Curriculum Resource – to all family medicine residency programs – through May 31, 2020.
Medical Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic
March 26, 2020—STFM has curated resources identified by members and staff within the following topics: Distance Learning Curriculum, Faculty Resources, Telehealth, US and World Trackers, and Wellness.
The Annual Conference Has Been Rescheduled
March 18, 2020—The 2020 STFM Annual Spring Conference is now scheduled for August 24-28, 2020 at the Grand and Little America Hotels in Salt Lake City, Utah. We feel fortunate to have found alternative dates at these hotels, so STFM can offer an in-person experience for our members.
Important Update (3/13): 2020 Annual Spring Conference and COVID-19
March 13, 2020—After weighing various options, the STFM Board of Directors agreed to postpone the May 2-6 STFM Annual Spring Conference. We are pleased to announce that the conference will be rescheduled for later this summer. We will share those new dates once we have confirmed a new contract with the hotel.
Important Update: 2020 Annual Spring Conference and COVID-19
March 9, 2020—Given the news about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), we recognize that you may have questions about traveling to the STFM Annual Spring Conference in Salt Lake City. Unless national or regional government travel restrictions prevent the conference from taking place, STFM plans to hold this greatly anticipated event as scheduled.
Apply to Chair the Emerging Leaders Fellowship
February 28, 2020—STFM is accepting applications for a new Emerging Leaders Fellowship chair. The term begins in August 2020 with the recruitment of the 2021-22 class. However, the selected chair is asked to shadow the current chair and participate in all 2020-21 Emerging Leaders Fellowship activities.
STFM Task Force Advocates for ACGME Requirements That Protect Time for Faculty
January 28, 2020—The next step for the STFM Protected Faculty Time Task Force is to develop and disseminate detailed Joint Guidelines for Protected Non-Clinical Time for Faculty in Family Medicine Residency Programs.
Family Medicine Journal Appoints Two Assistant Editors
December 19, 2019—Newly appointed Assistant Editors Julie Phillips, MD, MPH, and Sara Shields, MD, MS join the editorial team of Family Medicine, the official journal of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.
Apply to Be the STFM Education Column Co-Editor
December 2, 2019—The Society of Teacher of Family Medicine seeks a volunteer co-editor for its popular STFM Education Column. The co-editor will serve a 2-year term. The column, published monthly in the STFM Messenger, focuses on descriptions of innovative undergraduate or graduate medical education curricula, solutions to address common educational challenges, innovative ways for promoting faculty development, fresh ideas for engaging, recruiting, and retraining preceptors, along with other hot educational topics.
STFM Seeks Instructor for Certificate Program for VA Faculty
November 25, 2019—STFM is creating an assessment-based online certificate program for the Veterans Administration’s Rural Interprofessional Faculty Development Initiative. Applications are being accepted for an instructor to provide feedback on assignments.
ACGME Releases New Milestones for Family Medicine Residencies
Oct. 31, 2019 — The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has released new Family Medicine Milestones that go into effect in July 2020, with the first reporting due in the winter of the 2020-2021 academic year. Milestones are targets for resident performance on each of the ACGME Competencies and sub-competencies.
New Task Force to Advocate for Protected Time for Teaching and Administration
Oct. 30, 2019 — This new task force will develop national guidelines that define the amount of time needed by faculty to meet the non-clinical requirements of residency programs. This is in response to a national trend toward maximizing clinical productivity of faculty, which reduces the amount of time available teach and to meet administrative responsibilities and accreditation requirements.
CERA Seeks New Mentor Director
Oct. 30, 2019 — The CAFM Educational Research Alliance (CERA) is now accepting applications for a mentor director. This is a 2-year position, with an option for an additional 2-years.
New Underrepresented in Medicine (URM) Oversight Committee Appointed
Oct. 30, 2019 — STFM is pleased to announce that the members of the new Underrepresented in Medicine (URM) Oversight Committee have been appointed. The committee is chaired by Edgar Figueroa, MD, MPH, Director of Student Health, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York.
Comment on Proposed ACGME Common Program Requirements
Oct 1, 2019 — The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is now accepting comments on a focused revision of the Common Program Requirements. Comments are due by November 13.
North American Primary Care Research Group Announces New Executive Director, Julie Sutter, MD
Sept 29, 2019 — STFM is pleased to announce Julie Sutter, MD, as the new Executive Director for the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG).
Call for Applications: STFM Foundation Board of Trustees
August 30, 2019— STFM is accepting applications for individuals interested in serving on the Foundation Board of Trustees. Trustees serve a 4-year term, beginning and ending at the STFM Annual Spring Conference.
Call for Applications: 2020 STFM Committees
August 30, 2019— STFM is accepting applications for open 2020 committee spots. Committee members will serve a 2-year term and are eligible for an additional 2-year term based on an invitation by the committee chair, acceptance by the individual, and approval by the Board.
Call for Applications for a Task Force to Develop Guidelines for Protected Non-Clinical Time for Faculty in Family Medicine Residency Programs
August 15, 2019—STFM is accepting applications for a task force to develop national guidelines that define the amount of time needed by faculty to meet the non-clinical requirements of residency programs. This is in response to a national trend toward maximizing clinical productivity of faculty, which reduces the amount of time available teach and to meet administrative responsibilities and accreditation requirements.
Call for Applications: Underrepresented in Medicine Work Group Leaders
August 14, 2019—STFM is now accepting applications from interprofessional leaders to serve as Work Group Leaders on the new Underrepresented in Medicine (URM) Oversight Committee. The URM Initiative aims to:
- Increase the percentage of URM family medicine faculty, and
- Increase the number of solutions-focused, adaptable URM leaders within and across our healthcare system
STFM to Deliver Faculty Development at VA Sites
August 14, 2019—STFM has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Office of Academic Affiliations to deliver a structured faculty development program at 23 VA facilities serving rural veterans.
Academic Family Medicine Organizations Make Recommendations to CMS for Reducing Administrative Burden
August 12, 1019—The Council of Academic Family Medicine, which includes the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, Association of Departments of Family Medicine, Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors, and the North American Primary Care Research Group, submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in response to their Request for Information; Reducing Administrative Burden to Put Patients Over Paperwork. The letter made recommendations in these three areas: 1) documentation requirements, 2) overly burdensome policies, and 3) policies or regulations causing unintended consequences to rural settings.
STFM and Partners Comment on Draft Family Medicine Milestones
August 9, 2019—During the recent open comment period, the academic family medicine organizations submitted recommendations aimed at strengthening the development of advocacy skills on the part of family medicine residents.
CMS Final Rule Allows IPPS Hospitals to Claim Time Residents Spend in Critical Access Hospitals
August 2, 2019—The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a final rule, implementing the FY2020 Inpatient Prospective Payment System. The rule includes a positive change that allows Inpatient Prospective Payment System hospitals to claim time residents spend training in Critical Access Hospitals.
STFM and the other academic family medicine organizations had advocated for this change, and CMS used our argument to define “non-provider” to include Critical Access Hospitals. We had asked that the change be made retroactive, however CMS did not extend it retroactively.
STFM Advocates for Protected Teaching Time
August 1, 2019—In response to the ACGME program requirements that went into effect in July 2019, STFM sent a letter to the ACGME asking that they give review committees the autonomy to define the amount of time their faculty needs to meet their administrative responsibilities and accreditation requirements, while devoting sufficient time and attention to preparing residents for future independent practice. The STFM Board also approved funding for a task force to quantify the amount of time needed to meet ACGME requirements.
Call for Applications: STFM Program Assessment Chair
July 24, 2019—The STFM Board of Directors is accepting applications for the position of STFM Program Assessment Chair. The Program Assessment Chair works closely with the executive director/CEO is responsible for working with STFM program champions and staff to regularly evaluate programs.
Vince Munoz Joins STFM as Membership Marketing Specialist
July 15, 2019 — Vince Munoz has been hired as STFM’s membership marketing specialist. In this position, Vince develops new recruitment and retention strategies, assists members with joining or renewing, and implements digital communication tactics, including social media and email marketing.
ACGME Family Medicine Review Committee Seeks Resident Member
July 3, 2019—The ACGME Family Medicine Review Committee is requesting nominations for its next resident member. Nominees should be in good standing and at the PGY-2 level (as of July 1, 2020) of a three-year ACGME-accredited family medicine program.
Apply for a Position on the 2020 STFM Board of Directors
June 27, 2019—The STFM Nominations Committee is accepting self-nominations for positions on the STFM Board of Directors: President-Elect and Member-at-Large.
Dr Derthick Selected for the 2019-2020 STFM Medical Editing Fellowship
June 25, 2019—Annie Derthick, PhD, has been selected for the STFM Medical Editing Fellowship. Her fellowship year runs from June 2019 and goes until July 2020. During 1-year experience in medical journalism, fellows improve their skills in writing, reviewing, and editing scientific papers. These scholarly skills make them better teachers and leaders.
ACGME Releases New Family Medicine Requirements
June 19, 2019—The new ACGME family medicine requirements, which take effect July 1, 2019, are now posted.
Updates on Preceptor Expansion Initiative
June 19, 2019—You’ve likely received a smattering of emails from STFM over the past few months about ongoing efforts to address the shortage of clinical training sites for students. Here’s a recap, including recent action on CMS guidelines for student documentation in EHRs.
Join STFM in Cuba
June 1, 2019—Are you interested in learning how Cuba's national health system has focused on prevention and community engagement? Are you familiar with Cuba's medical school for non-Cubans (ELAM), where American medical students plan primary care careers in under-resourced and minority communities in the United States?
Travel with STFM-MEDICC and gain an understanding of how this small, resource-poor country achieves outcomes comparable, and in some cases superior, to those of the United States at a fraction of the cost.
Recognize Teaching Contributions With New STFM Precepting Awards
June 1, 2019—New STFM Precepting Awards, developed as a part of the Preceptor Expansion Initiative, recognize teaching contributions by individuals and teaching practices. The two awards are the Master Preceptor Award and the Practice Recognition Award for Teaching Excellence.
Caroline Richardson, MD, Appointed Editor of Annals of Family Medicine
Caroline Richardson, MD, a family physician and leader in primary care research, has been appointed editor of the Annals of Family Medicine, the highest-ranked primary care research journal worldwide.
CMS Says Multiple Students Can Participate in Patient Care and Documentation
May 15, 2019—CMS's new transmittal about student documentation in EHRs uses the word "students," rather than "student," putting to rest any question about whether multiple students can be involved in a patient's care and documentation. The transmittal also has new language stating, "The patient medical record must document the extent of the teaching physician’s participation in the review and direction of the services furnished to each beneficiary. The extent of the teaching physician’s participation may be demonstrated by the notes in the medical records made by physicians, residents, or nurses."
STFM Hosts Instagram Competition to Highlight Recruitment of Medical Students
May 15, 2019—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine is hosting an Instagram competition for residency programs to showcase the lives of family medicine residents at their program as a part of a medical student recruitment campaign.
The competition starts on May 15 and ends on July 15, 2019. To participate, residency programs should follow STFM on Instagram (@STFM_FM) use the hashtag #ThisIsFamMed and #TeachAndTransform in their Instagram posts. The posts should focus on recruiting medical students to the program by showcasing the professional and personal experiences they would gain by choosing that program.
WONCA Seeks New Chief Executive Officer
May 10, 2019—WONCA is looking for a CEO who will serve the organization full time, with a future perspective of 8-10 years. The initial contract will be for 5 years with an anticipated start date in late 2020.
Apply to be a Faculty Instructor for the Medical School Faculty Fundamentals Certificate Program
April 26, 2019—The Medical School Faculty Fundamentals Certificate Program is an upcoming assessment-based online program that includes self-led courses with assignments to provide foundational training for medical school faculty.
New Community Faculty Self-Assessment Tool Provides Personalized Tips to Enhance Teaching
April 12, 2019—A new Community Faculty Self-Assessment tool on TeachingPhysician.org provides a way for community faculty to assess their skill in five areas of teaching: the teaching environment, professionalism, learner development, assessment, and curricular content. The results of the assessment, which are completely private and anonymous, are linked to pages on TeachingPhysician.org where they can get tips on enhancing their teaching.
Building Better Clinical Training Experiences Pilot Sites Announced
March 27, 2019—The pilot sites for Building Better Clinical Training Experiences program have been selected. The program is designed to increase the pool of community-based preceptors and the quality of training at ambulatory sites. The pilot begins in April 2019 and completes in September 2020, with results being published in 2021.
STFM Adds Two New Collaboratives
March 27, 2019—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Board of Directors has approved the addition of two new STFM Collaboratives: the Osteopathic Medicine Collaborative and the Practice Management Collaborative.
STFM Foundation Gives Grants to Three STFM Collaboratives
March 26, 2019—The STFM Project Fund encourages STFM Collaboratives and Special Project Teams to plan, develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate findings from educationally-related scholarly projects.
2019 Recipients of the Faculty Scholars Program Scholarship
March 26, 2019—Congratulations to the 17 recipients of the New Faculty Scholars Program scholarship. The program provides funding to send participants to the STFM Annual Spring Conference and is designed to be a catalyst for developing future leaders in STFM and other areas of academic family medicine.
STFM Welcomes Behavioral Science/Family Systems Educator Fellowship Class of 2020
March 13, 2019—Eighteen family medicine faculty have been chosen for the Behavioral Science/Family Systems Educator Fellowship class of 2020.
STFM Welcomes Emerging Leaders Fellowship Class of 2020
March 13, 2019—Seventeen family medicine faculty have been chosen for the Emerging Leaders Fellowship class of 2020.
Members Approve 2019 Slate for STFM Board of Directors
February 28, 2019—Congratulations to the newly elected officers of the 2019-2020 STFM Board of Directors.
FMAHealth Creates Interactive Presentation to Showcase Accomplishments
February 28, 2019—What has Family Medicine for America's Health been working on these past 4 years? Find out through this interactive presentation.
Support the STFM Foundation by Eating Chocolate
February 28, 2019—Don't miss your chance to indulge at the Annual Spring Conference! All funds raised from the session Sweet Mindfulness: A Chocolate Tasting support the Foundation's programs. Sign up for the session when registering for the conference ($75 per attendee). Already registered? Call 800-274-7928 to sign up for the session.
Shots Immunization App Updated
February 28, 2019—Access easy-to-use, up-to-date vaccine information at the point of care with the updated Shots Immunizations app developed by the American Academy of Family Physicians and Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.
New Program Offers ABFM Credit for Improvement in Teaching
February 28, 2019—Family medicine departments, residencies, chapters, or other academic units can now apply to be Sponsors of American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Performance Improvement credit. The new Precepting Performance Improvement Program allows Sponsors to offer Performance Improvement credit (MOC IV) to family physicians who teach medical students or residents and who participate in a teaching improvement activity.
Members Appointed to STFM Committees
February 15, 2019—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Board of Directors approved 11 new appointments to standing STFM committees. These members will serve a 2-year term starting May 19.
Call for Center for the History of Family Medicine Board of Curators Positions
February 14, 2019—The Center for the History of Family Medicine seeks nominations for two at-large positions on their Board of Curators.
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.
TeachingPhysician.org Is Looking For Authors
January 30, 2019—TeachingPhysician.org 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. (call is now closed)
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.