STFM Foundation

Underrepresented in Medicine Campaign

The STFM Foundation Underrepresented in Medicine (URM) Campaign is an initiative to increase resources and support for URM faculty, URM community teachers, and URM medical students and residents going into academic family medicine. The AAMC definition of underrepresented in medicine is:

"Underrepresented in medicine describes those racial and ethnic populations who are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population." 

Areas of Focus and Objectives

The 4-year initiative will focus on the following four areas of focus:

Leadership Blog Posts

The STFM Foundation launched a year-long blog series. In this series, The Path We Took, URM members share the path they took to become faculty and leaders in family medicine. 

  • Mi Gente—Edgar Figueroa, MD, MPH, shares how his STFM membership has allowed him to stay connected.

  • STFM Is My Most Precious Membership—Evelyn Figueroa, MD, shares that STFM gave me the tools to advocate and integrate concepts related to bias in healthcare such as racism, sexism, heterosexism, and privilege into my everyday teaching and patient care.

Sonja Shipley, MD is the  editor for the URM and Health Equity Blogs. Please consider sharing your story to inspire new STFM URM leaders to take advantage of what we all know to be career changing opportunities. You can send your story to Sonya at



Free Student Memberships

Medical students can join the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine for free! 

By offering free membership, the Society hopes to increase student interest in family medicine and to show them the value of teaching throughout their careers—either in faculty positions or in practice.

For information about Society benefits for medical students, view the Resources for Students.

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Key Initiatives

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Health Equity Awareness Campaign

Throughout 2019, STFM will be turning a spotlight on health equity. Health equity topics will be prevalent in STFM conference presentations, special-issue publications, Board and committee conversations, webinars, and collaborations with other organizations. 

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Underrepresented in Medicine Fundraising Campaign

"Disparity and inequity will always be with us. We will, therefore, need to be consistently persistent and vigilant as the faces and realities of health equity evolve over time. If we are to succeed in the long run, we need to commit being “all in” for the long run."

-- STFM Foundation President, Amy McGaha, MD

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