Members of STFM receive a subscription to Family Medicine, the official peer-reviewed journal of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Family Medicine publishes original research, systematic reviews, narrative essays, and policy analyses relevant to the discipline of family medicine, with a focus on primary care medical education, health workforce policy, and health services research.
PRiMER, STFM’s online open-access journal, publishes brief reports on original research relevant to education in family medicine. PRiMER serves as a bridge between the presentation of research results at conferences and the development of full-length articles suitable for submission to traditional print journals. Manuscripts can be based on studies or projects that are small in scope, exploratory, confirmatory, or in an early stage of development.
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STFM Education Columns are published monthly in the STFM Messenger. If you'd like to author an upcoming STFM Education Column, view submission details.
Read each issue of STFM’s enewsletter, the STFM Messenger, so you don’t miss out on new products and services; conference submission and registration deadlines; the STFM Education Column; and legislation and accreditation changes that affect academic family medicine. The STFM Messenger is emailed to members twice a month.
The yearlong Emerging Leaders Fellowship offers training, tools, and support for new faculty and those who are transitioning to leadership roles. Fellows learn essential leadership skills; take on a leadership role right from the beginning of the program; lead a team in completion of a project and then present their results; and get connected to family medicine leaders who will share tips on motivating others and handling difficult people and situations.
Meet ACGME and/or LCME requirements, save on travel expenses, and provide CME opportunities with a customized faculty development workshop at your location. Our faculty will use interactive methods to engage your faculty and promote evidence-based teaching principles. Pay one lump sum and invite your faculty and preceptors.
MSEDI is a yearlong comprehensive learning experience for those who educate medical students, particularly those who aspire to be clerkship directors or medical student education directors. Participants can expect to learn these skills and more: curriculum development, student evaluation, dealing with challenging learners, recruiting and maintaining preceptor networks, directing a course, and submitting a scholarly project.
Medical School Faculty Fundamentals Certificate Program (launching Spring 2019)
This assessment-based online program will include self-led courses with assignments to provide foundational training for medical school faculty. Completion of the program requires approximately 30 hours and covers: the structure and requirements of medical education; how to be an effective and efficient faculty member; the nuts and bolts of curriculum development and teaching; strategies for assessment, feedback, and evaluation of medical students; and academic advancement.
Recognize and reward your preceptors. The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Precepting Performance Improvement Program allows academic units (Sponsors) to offer Performance Improvement credit to family physicians who teach medical students or residents and who participate in a teaching improvement activity. This toolkit offers resources and information for Sponsors.
TeachingPhysician.org is a comprehensive online resource that streamlines training, answers questions, and communicates regularly with preceptors on your behalf. It helps institutions recruit, train, and retain community preceptors and meet accreditation requirements for faculty development.
This free online course, which takes less than an hour to complete, provides skills and practical strategies for advocating for and promoting the value of family medicine. The course includes these modules: Getting Started in Advocacy; Prepare and Make Contact; The One-Pager; The Visit; Maintaining the Relationship.
This free webinar series, developed by the Faculty for Tomorrow Task Force, provides fundamental knowledge and skills that new faculty and residents as educators need to thrive in a career in academic family medicine. Topics include effective classroom teaching, how to give feedback, clinical teaching skills, and more.
Giving feedback is a critical part of teaching future family physicians, but giving consistent, quality feedback can sometimes be challenging. This online course will introduce you to the principles of giving quality feedback and then take you to the next level by showing you when to give feedback, where, and what models you can use.
Learn to lead change in your institution, within your community, and nationally. The Leading Change Course covers how to assess the need for change, develop a plan for change, and provide successful change leadership. This free online course will take about 3 hours to complete.
Wellness is a critical part of preventing physician burnout and maintaining quality patient care. This course, featuring Catherine Florio Pipas, MD, MPH and Mark Greenawald, MD, will provide you with steps you need to take to develop and maintain your personal wellness. The Wellness course is an online course containing videos, readings, and activities. The course will take about an hour to complete.
Developed by the STFM Oral Health Collaborative, the online and downloadable curriculum emphasizes the role of primary care clinicians in the promotion of oral health. Each module includes a 45-minute presentation, annotated presenter notes, educational objectives, test questions, companion videos, and a list of resources.
Define and develop a more effective third-year clerkship the newly updated National Family Medicine Clerkship Curriculum. This online resource includes core content and competencies, learning objectives, assessment tools, educational strategies, and role definitions.
STFM has convened a group of experts to develop national telemedicine curriculum for students, residents, and faculty. It is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2021. In the interim, they have identified and aggregated curricular resources.
This scholarship is for new faculty to attend the Family Medicine Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC for the purpose of learning advocacy skills for personal and academic career development. The application period opens in the fall.
This program is designed to be a catalyst for developing future leaders in STFM and other areas of academic family medicine. The program provides funding to send 10 participants to the STFM Annual Spring Conference. These New Faculty Scholars must be STFM members who have served at least 2 years but no more than 4 years as full-time faculty and who exhibit outstanding leadership potential.
Established in 1990 in honor of Dr F. Marian Bishop, the F. Marian Bishop Leadership Award is presented by the STFM Foundation to honor individuals who have significantly enhanced the credibility of family medicine by a sustained, long-term commitment to family medicine in academic settings.
This award is cosponsored by the AAFP's FPM journal and is offered annually to a primary care practice or practice organization that has made significant improvement in one or more of the following aspects of primary care delivery in the past three calendar years:
- Clinical outcomes
- Clinical process improvement
- Patient satisfaction
- Staff satisfaction
- Physician satisfaction
- Practice efficiency and productivity
The Curtis G. Hames Research Award honors those individuals whose careers over the years exemplify dedication to research in family medicine. The award recipient is selected by a committee representing STFM, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the North American Primary Care Research Group. This award is supported by the Department of Family Medicine through the MCG Foundation's Hames Endowment of the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.
The Lynn and Joan Carmichael STFM Recognition Award honors an STFM member or nonmember for outstanding leadership in advancing family medicine as a discipline. The nominee's achievements and activities should be clearly recognized as enhancing or supporting family medicine education by improving resources available for its support, by defense or support of its objectives, or by other notable service to the discipline. Such achievements should have had significance at a national level.
This award honors STFM member(s) for outstanding work in political advocacy at the local, state, or national level. The recipient's efforts are not restricted to legislative work but cannot be solely individual patient advocacy.
The STFM Best Research Paper Award recognizes the best research paper published in a peer-reviewed journal between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019. The first author must be an STFM member. The STFM Research Committee bases the award selection on the quality of the research and its potential impact. The 2019 winning paper will be presented at the STFM Annual Spring Conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 27-May 1, 2019.
Designed to honor outstanding teachers, the STFM Excellence in Education Award recognizes an STFM member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching, curriculum development, mentoring, research, or leadership in education at regional or national levels. Nominees must have sustained involvement in family medicine teaching.
The STFM Humanism Award honors an STFM member who best embodies the attributes of humanism in medicine through his or her work as a family medicine faculty member. Humanism in medicine is characterized by a respectful and compassionate relationship between physicians, as well as all other members of the health care team and their patients. It reflects attitudes and behaviors that are sensitive to the values and the cultural and ethnic backgrounds of others.
Learn about STFM's antiracism and health equity initiatives, and access a compilation of resources.
Get easy-to-use, up-to-date vaccine information at the point of care with Shots Immunizations by the American Academy of Family Physicians and Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Shots includes guidance from the CDC on adult and childhood immunization schedules, plus supplemental text, graphics, and commentary from immunization experts. Download this free app from your app store.
This shared, online library contains an extensive collection of resources uploaded by family medicine educators who are tired of “reinventing the wheel” every time they need curriculum or presentations. Visit the Resource Library to upload and access: conference presentations, curriculum, standardized patient cases, sample forms, policies, and guidelines, and more.
Make sure that community preceptors who teach your students are benefiting from the experience. Share these ideas to ensure that students in outpatient offices add value to the process of caring for patients.
Use these resources to help students prepare for their clerkships so that they can maximize their learning and add value to the practice during the rotation. Students can read a document packed with tips and strategies about how to hit the ground running at their rotation site; complete three 20-minute modules on key topics that will prepare them for their rotation; and complete a student passport that will quickly provide their preceptor with basic information about the student's training, screenings, previous clinical rotations, and objectives for the current clinical rotation.
Meet scholarly activity requirements through CERA, a free resource for medical educational research. With CERA you can survey family medicine educators, receive help from an experienced researcher, and access data from past surveys for secondary analysis.
Includes guidance on how to submit high-quality abstracts for STFM Conferences, implement quality improvement projects, and write a hypothesis.
One of the greatest benefits of STFM membership is the opportunity to network and collaborate with others to address special interests and work toward common goals. STFM CONNECT, an online hub for Collaboratives, Special Project Teams, and Discussion Forums is the place to start if you’re interested in connecting and collaborating.
Interact with thousands of family medicine educators from across the United States. The Membership Directory is available to STFM members only.