Key Initiatives

Positioning Academic Family Medicine in Health Systems

The STFM Initiative to Position Academic Family Medicine in Health Systems

From May 2020 through June 2022, an STFM implemented a series of tactics in an effort to:

  • Ensure that family medicine facultyincluding community preceptors in non-academic settingshave sufficient time and institutional resources to teach and meet academic and accreditation requirements
  • Preserve comprehensive practice for family physicians and family medicine faculty who wish to practice broad scope
  • Improve faculty and learner well-being
  • Transform family medicine training sites into clinical and teaching models of excellence

The initiative built on STFM’s Preceptor Expansion Initiative and Protected Faculty Time Guidelines, and the collaborative efforts of the family medicine organizations to engage with health systems leaders to preserve comprehensive training and practice for family physicians, improve health outcomes, and identify and spread best practices for optimizing the role of family medicine.


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