Call for Applications: Work Group Leaders for Underrepresented in Medicine Initiative

Deadline for applications is September 13, 2019.

The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine is now accepting applications from interprofessional leaders to serve as Work Group Leaders on the Underrepresented in Medicine (URM) Initiative. The URM Initiative aims to:

  • Increase the percentage of URM family medicine faculty, and
  • Increase the number of solutions-focused, adaptable URM leaders within and across our healthcare system

The Work Group Leaders will lead small teams that will focus on achieving the objectives in one of the following four areas: 

  • Mentorship
    • Create opportunities for developing meaningful relationships that lead to career advancement and leadership within STFM and academic medicine
    • Develop mentors who have the skills to help URM students, residents, and faculty improve resiliency, satisfaction, and retention in academic family medicine
  • Leadership
    • Increase the number of URM family medicine faculty in leadership positions in academic medicine
    • Raise awareness of the structural barriers to URM achievement
  • URM Faculty Pipeline
    • Increase the number of URM students and URM family medicine residents with an interest in teaching
    • Increase the number of URM family medicine faculty
    • Increase the number of URM community preceptors in family medicine teaching sites who receive resources to improve their teaching skills
  • Scholarship
    • Increase the number of URM students, residents, and faculty who have the skills to produce scholarly research 

Work Group Leaders will also serve as members of a new URM Oversight Committee and will participate in an initial 1½ day in-person planning/work session on February 24-25, 2020, and regular conference calls. The Oversight Committee will guide the progress of the work and communicate with STFM members and the STFM Foundation about the work being done by the teams in each focus area. Edgar Figueroa, MD, MPH, has been selected as chair of the URM Oversight Committee. He is the Director of Student Health at Weill Cornell Medical College and serves on the STFM Program Committee.

The four Work Group Leaders will lead the development of strategies, budgets, timeframes, and measures for their Focus Area. Each Work Group Leader will then lead a small team of 2-4 in the implementation of those strategies. STFM will provide administrative support and travel expenses will be reimbursed. Time commitment will be approximately 3 years.

Those interested in applying for Work Group Leader should have expertise one of the Focus Areas, relationships with others with expertise, and the time and energy to lead a team in successful implementation of the plan.

How to Apply
To be considered for the committee, click this survey link to submit your application by September 13, 2019. You’ll be asked to rank your interest in each focus area and upload a 1-page letter of interest with an overview of the skills and experience that make you a good candidate for the position.

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URM Definition:
The AAMC definition of underrepresented in medicine is: "those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population."


  • Nov/Dec. 2019: First URM Oversight Committee conference call
  • Jan. 2020: Work Group Leaders identify core members of their work group
  • Feb. 24-25, 2020: 1½ day URM Oversight Committee meeting in Kansas City
  • June 2020: First progress reports due from work groups
  • Aug./Sept. 2020: In-person meetings of work groups
  • 2020 - 2022: Work continues with guidance from Oversight Committee

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