Since 1975, the STFM Foundation has supported the mission of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine by offering leadership development programs to its members. Leadership has been identified as a priority both within the discipline and within medicine as a whole. Within the discipline, leaders are needed to set the standard for family care. Within the medical community, leadership is needed to bring the voice of family medicine to those charged with reforming the US health care system. Because of these urgent leadership needs, the STFM Foundation has made leadership development its first priority. Programs are targeted to junior faculty, mid-level faculty and senior faculty to address the career-building skills relevant to each career level.
The Foundation also supports creative, innovative, cutting-edge programs that need funding outside the usual financial channels. The Group Project Fund was initiated in 2008 to provide funding for educationally related scholarly projects proposed by STFM groups. This initiative was a direct result of requests from STFM members for support for research and curriculum development.
Although most of the programs and initiatives funded by the Foundation directly benefit STFM members, their impact is much broader. Medical students, residents, faculty, and family medicine professionals gain from the Foundation’s leadership development success. The Foundation believes that by championing family medicine education, all who pursue its goals and rewards reap the benefits - whether you are teachers, providers, patients, or others in the larger health care community.