Online Courses

Advocacy Course

Take this free course and learn to educate legislators on the value of family medicine, and encourage them to support expansion of a well-trained family medicine workforce. This course, which takes about 45 minutes to complete, provides skills and practical strategies for advocating and promoting the value of family medicine.

The modules may be taken in any order, and a certificate is available upon completion of each module. If you get interrupted during a module, you can pause it and resume at any time.

You can find additional free resources in the Advocacy Toolkit.

Topics and Learning Objectives

By the end of this section, participants should be able to:

  1. Define advocacy
  2. Understand its importance
  3. Know more about your feelings regarding advocacy
  4. Know some key terms relating to Congressional legislation
  5. Know about some of the key people with whom you will be interacting

By the end of this section, participants should be able to:

  1. Prepare for your advocacy efforts
  2. Find your legislator and his or her information
  3. Determine how best to make contact
  4. Set the groundwork for the relationship

By the end of this section, participants should be able to:

  1. Explain the importance of a one-pager
  2. Target your Ask
  3. Provide background
  4. Write a one-pager

By the end of this section, participants should be able to:

  1. Prepare for your visit
  2. Interact with your legislator
  3. Have an effective visit with your legislator

By the end of this section, participants should be able to:

  1. Maintain a relationship with a legislator or staffer
  2. Be a resource
  3. Know when to check in and how to do so

Technical Requirements

In order to get the full experience of these courses, we recommended that the courses are viewed on a desktop computer or a laptop. Tablets and other mobile devices are not supported at this time.

How To Begin

Once you have purchased the course, go to your My Account page on stfm.org. Click Online Learning at the top right to begin. The course will be in the Courses section of the online learning center.

Enroll Now

If you have an STFM account, click My Account to log in, then use the Store link at the top of your profile page to purchase the course.

If you don't have an stfm.org account, click Create Account to make one, then use the Store link at the top of your profile page to purchase the course.

Price: FREE

Questions?

Have questions or need help enrolling? Email Brian Hischier, Manager of Online Education, or call (913) 800-5198.

Contact Us

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800.274.7928

Email: stfmoffice@stfm.org 

 

Deadlines

October 1: Applications due for STFM/MEDICC Trip to Cuba

October 14: Nominations are due for Committee Openings 

October 15: Nominations are due for the STFM Innovative Program AwardSTFM Advocate Award, STFM Humanism Award, STFM Excellence in Education Award, and the Lynn and Joan Carmichael STFM Recognition Award

December 2: Applications are due for Foundation Trustee Openings