Annual Spring Conference

General Instructions

Submission Deadline: Sept 9, 2019

  1. Submissions must meet all the requirements of the proposed category. Review the submission categories at the right. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.
  2. Do not submit the same proposal in more than one category.
  3. Acknowledgment of receipt of submissions will be emailed automatically after you complete your submission.
  4. ALL PRESENTERS MUST PAY THE REGISTRATION FEE. In addition, no honoraria or travel expense reimbursement will be provided for any presenter submitting through the call for presentations.
  5. Presenters may not use any conference presentation to market products or services; partnerships are available for that purpose.
  6. Every presenter, lead and secondary, will be required to complete a faculty disclosure form indicating any financial arrangement or affiliation with any organizations that may have a direct interest in the subject matter of the continuing medical education presentation




Submissions are encouraged in these topic areas:

  • Sharing successful local educational programs on advocacy, health equity, diversity, resident scholarship, and interprofessional practice and education
  • Stimulating and retaining student interest in family medicine
  • Health equity and growing a diverse workforce
  • Health systems leadership
  • Addressing wellness to include self-care and resiliency
  • Achieving the Quadruple Aim of better outcomes, better value, improved population health, and better experience for provider and patients
  • Policy development to advance graduate medical education; primary care research funding/infrastructure; and workforce development
  • Emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence or remote access
  • Meeting program accreditation requirements
  • Promoting faculty development and interest in academic family medicine
  • Teaching skills for medical education (feedback, direct observation, effective clinical and procedural teaching, mentoring, etc)
  • Maternal child health education

Successful submissions should:

  • Carefully adhere to all submission requirements
  • Target medical educators, students and residents
  • Actively engage participants to deepen their learning
  • Present interventions with demonstrated effectiveness
  • Offer information that is broadly applicable to multiple settings
  • Give perspectives from multiple institutions and /or multiple inter-professional disciplines
  • Demonstrate innovations in achieving relevant educational outcomes
  • Showcase efforts of STFM Collaborative work

Please Note: 

  • The STFM Program and Research Committees accept on average 75-80% of total submissions for presentation at the conference.
  • The number of available presentation slots for preconference workshops, conference workshops, and panel discussion sessions are extremely limited based on space and programming needs.
  • Session types that are 30 minutes or more must plan for group interactions.


Message From the STFM President and Conference Chair

We invite you to be part of the 53rd Annual Spring Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. This is the ideal time to be inspired, to network and collaborate, to learn, and to showcase your innovations. The STFM membership is a dynamic and passionate group of people committed to furthering the principles of Family Medicine. We see the Annual  Spring Conference as the venue to connect the talent of our members, to learn from one another’s efforts and to rekindle our enthusiasm for the daily work we do. For those of you who have never attended, we welcome you and encourage you to experience these connections of camaraderie and opportunities for enhanced learning.

The quality of the conference is driven by you. Every year, the program and research committees are privileged to review your conference submissions. We are impressed by your dedication and the number of submissions grows every year. Because all submissions are peer-reviewed, they can meet requirements for scholarly activity. 

As we plan for our conference, we are mindful of our need to weave in time for our own wellness! We will continue to include old and new traditions of wellness in the conference schedule, like our STFM Marathonaki Fun Run/Walk, yoga, movie night and meditation breaks. It is our hope that the program will meet your professional needs, as well as promote self-care.

We look forward to seeing you in beautiful Salt Lake City!

Frederick Chen, MD, MPH, STFM President

Netra Thakur, MD
STFM President Chair, STFM Annual Spring Conference and Program Committee

Submission Categories

How to determine what category to submit your project to:
Differences between Completed Project/Poster or Completed Research Project/Poster (PDF)

Tips for Creating Effective Conference Presentations (PPT)


If you have additional questions about the submission process, contact Allison Woodworth at 913-800-5675 or

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