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Networking Events

STFM Carnival Reception
Friday, January 31, 5:30–6:30 pm
Join your conference colleagues at this fun reception that includes interactive games and snacks, and networking, while learning more about STFM’s products and services.

Dine-Around Night
Friday, January 31, Meet at STFM Registration desk at 6:30 pm
Gather your conference friends and colleagues for this fun dining experience. Sign-up sheets will be posted at the conference registration desk with a variety of restaurant options in downtown Portland. Participants are responsible for meal costs.

STFM Foundation Fun Run and Walk
Saturday, February 1, 6:30 am
Get some exercise, socialize, and raise funds for scholarships at the STFM Foundation Fun Run and Walk. All participants receive a t-shirt (while quantities last). A $50 donation is suggested but not required to participate.

Donations help the STFM Foundation provide scholarships to students to attend this conference. Through these and other donations, the STFM Foundation supports STFM's priority to develop the pipeline for academic family medicine. If you would like to donate to the STFM Foundation, go to

Special thanks to the Oregon Health & Science University for their sponsorship of this event.

The Editors: An Informal Band Jam Session Brought to You by PRiMER
Friday, January 31, 8–10 pm

If you like live music, have secret musical talent, or enjoy improvisation, this will be a night to remember. The editors of STFM’s online journal PRiMER have created an amateur band to play favorite songs and engage in informal jam—what they lack in talent, they make up for in enthusiasm.

Listen, sing along, or join the band on stage while exploring this allegory for medical education research on a shoestring budget—where a group of people with complementary skills, improvisational attitude, and a question to answer, employ the tools at hand to pursue a goal. Similar to a "garage band" jam session, the results can be sloppy. But when the correct elements come together, something beautiful can emerge. This session brings together those who enjoy improvisation either in music or in research. If you want to jam, no need to bring an instrument—just bring enthusiasm.

Optional Evening Events

Punch Bowl Social (PBS)
Saturday, February 1

Situated downtown by the waterfront (a half mile from the conference hotel), PBS Portland, the largest PBS to date, is a great place to enjoy fine cocktails, scratch-to-craft foods, and entertainment. Enjoy games like bowling, ping pong, darts, marbles, shuffleboard, 80's style arcade, and private karaoke. Costs vary based on games played; pre-registration is not required.

Creo Chocolate Make and Take-a-Bar Tour
Saturday, February 1, 6–8 pm

Take a unique peek behind the scenes of one of Portland's very own award-winning chocolate makers. This popular 1-hour tour with a professional chocolate maker will teach participants about the origin of chocolate, the creation of Creo’s chocolate, and techniques to design their own chocolate bar to take home. $20/person

Portland Spirit Cruises
Saturday, February 1, 6–8 pm

Take a dinner cruise on the Willamette River, a vibrant setting enhanced by dazzling sights, for an evening filled with festive entertainment and locally sourced, freshly prepared cuisine. 

  • Enjoy a 2.5-hour yacht cruise from downtown Portland.
  • Cruise under the famous Portland bridges.
  • View the historic Milwaukie Waterfront.
  • Savor a freshly prepared 3-course dinner, including bread, salad, choice of entree, and dessert.
  • Relax to live piano music.
  • Listen to historical narration available on outer decks
  • Access all three yacht decks, as well as captain's wheelhouse.

$73/person with promo code: CRUISESTFM. Register in advance at journeySearch/?step=next

Escape Games PDX
Saturday, February 1, 6–8 pm

Can you escape? Challenge friends and colleagues with this exciting and challenging interactive escape game. Work together to find the clues, crack the code, and solve the puzzle in 60 minutes to win! $32/person; Register in advance at


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February 14: Applications due for the Medical Editing Fellowship

February 17: Entries due for the Annual Poetry and Prose Contest

February 25: Presentation proposals due for the Conference on Quality and Practice Improvement 

March 2: Deadline to Apply to the Medical Student Educators Development Institute