The STFM Foundation was incorporated in 1975 to support the mission of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Early in the Foundation's history, Trustees initiated leadership development programs as a way to engage faculty with STFM and also bring the voice of family medicine to those charged with reforming the US health care system. Leadership continues to be a priority for STFM.
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.
Finally, the Foundation awards funding for special projects such as the Family Medicine Clerkship Curriculum and the Leading Change Curriculum. Requests for an application form for special project funding may be made to Pat Lodge.
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.