STFM to Offer Training to Health Professionals at VA Facilities

July 1, 2022STFM has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Office of Academic Affiliations to deliver a faculty development program to health professionals at an additional 21 VA facilities between June 1, 2022 and May 30, 2024. STFM has been collaborating with the VA to provide training at facilities serving rural veterans since 2018.

The faculty development provided by STFM is part of the VA's Rural Interprofessional Faculty Development Initiative (RIFDI), a two-year training program to attract providers, improve clinician job satisfaction and retention, and develop teaching and training skills for educators in rural settings. Through RIFDI, STFM provides VA faculty an online, asynchronous certificate program, access to, and virtual faculty development workshops.

The certificate program encompasses some of the core courses in STFM’s Residency Faculty Fundamentals Certificate Program, along with custom, curated content to meet the needs of the interprofessional teams at the VA locations.

The full-day virtual workshops are modeled after STFM’s Faculty Development Delivered program, where subject matter experts lead interactive sessions about creating high-quality, interprofessional clinical learning environments. 

"This work is directly aligned with STFM's strategic priorities around professional development, and the organization's and our members' reputation for providing faculty with the skills needed to train students, residents, and health care teams," said STFM Past President Frederick Chen, MD. 

RIFDI was highlighted in a White House Statement in August of 2021.

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