May 18, 2020— Because an inclusive and safe off-site conference isn't possible in the current environment, your STFM Board of Directors made the decision to cancel the August 24-28, 2020 Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah and create the first ever virtual STFM Annual Conference. Engaging speakers, innovative sessions, and inspiring poster presentations will now be as close as your nearest device. Jump from clinic to sessions in a flash, and engage with friends and colleagues during invigorating online discussions.
May 1, 2020— On April 30, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published an update to the interim final rule that was published at end of March. The new rule includes technical changes STFM and the other academic family medicine organizations advocated for to allow for the application of the primary care exception to telehealth services.
April 1,2020— STFM and other family medicine organizations have been advocating for more flexible requirements to allow faculty to continue to provide quality education to residents, while also addressing the escalating needs of patients. On March 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued temporary waivers and rules in response to the COVID pandemic. Below is a summary of key points that affect academic family medicine practices and resident training.
Academic Family Medicine Organizations Release Policy Statement on "Urgent Actions to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19"
March 27, 2020—The nation's academic family medicine organizations have released a public health policy statement urging the United States to undertake three actions immediately to protect the lives and safety of the public during the COVID-19 crisis: 1) issue immediate "stay at home" orders; 2) dramatically increase testing and train and deploy individuals to find and track cases; and 3) deploy the Defense Production Act to create an adequate supply of personal protective equipment. The policy statement, which was developed by the Association of Departments of Family Medicine, is supported by the American Board of Family Medicine, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors and the North American Primary Care Research Group
March 27,2020— The STFM Ethics and Humanities Collaborative is excited to announce the 2020 STFM Annual Poetry and Prose Contest winners.
March 27, 2020—As you’ve been making major changes to your clinical and educational practices to address COVID-19, the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (AFMRD) and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine leadership and staff have been discussing ways to support our members and the family medicine community during this crisis. Effective today, we are offering free access to the Residency Curriculum Resource – to all family medicine residency programs – through May 31, 2020.
March 26, 2020—STFM has curated resources identified by members and staff within the following topics: Distance Learning Curriculum, Faculty Resources, Telehealth, US and World Trackers, and Wellness.
March 18, 2020—The 2020 STFM Annual Spring Conference is now scheduled for August 24-28, 2020 at the Grand and Little America Hotels in Salt Lake City, Utah. We feel fortunate to have found alternative dates at these hotels, so STFM can offer an in-person experience for our members.
March 13, 2020— After weighing various options, the STFM Board of Directors agreed to postpone the May 2-6 STFM Annual Spring Conference. We are pleased to announce that the conference will be rescheduled for later this summer. We will share those new dates once we have confirmed a new contract with the hotel.
March 9, 2020—Given the news about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), we recognize that you may have questions about traveling to the STFM Annual Spring Conference in Salt Lake City. Unless national or regional government travel restrictions prevent the conference from taking place, STFM plans to hold this greatly anticipated event as scheduled.
February 28, 2020—STFM is accepting applications for a new Emerging Leaders Fellowship chair. The term begins in August 2020 with the recruitment of the 2021-22 class. However, the selected chair is asked to shadow the current chair and participate in all 2020-21 Emerging Leaders Fellowship activities.
January 28, 2020—The next step for the STFM Protected Faculty Time Task Force is to develop and disseminate detailed Joint Guidelines for Protected Non-Clinical Time for Faculty in Family Medicine Residency Programs.
December 19, 2019—Newly appointed Assistant Editors Julie Phillips, MD, MPH, and Sara Shields, MD, MS join the editorial team of Family Medicine, the official journal of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.
December 2, 2019—The Society of Teacher of Family Medicine seeks a volunteer co-editor for its popular STFM Education Column. The co-editor will serve a 2-year term. The column, published monthly in the STFM Messenger, focuses on descriptions of innovative undergraduate or graduate medical education curricula, solutions to address common educational challenges, innovative ways for promoting faculty development, fresh ideas for engaging, recruiting, and retraining preceptors, along with other hot educational topics.
November 25, 2019—STFM is creating an assessment-based online certificate program for the Veterans Administration’s Rural Interprofessional Faculty Development Initiative. Applications are being accepted for an instructor to provide feedback on assignments.
Oct. 31, 2019 — The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has released new Family Medicine Milestones that go into effect in July 2020, with the first reporting due in the winter of the 2020-2021 academic year. Milestones are targets for resident performance on each of the ACGME Competencies and sub-competencies.
Oct. 30, 2019 — This new task force will develop national guidelines that define the amount of time needed by faculty to meet the non-clinical requirements of residency programs. This is in response to a national trend toward maximizing clinical productivity of faculty, which reduces the amount of time available teach and to meet administrative responsibilities and accreditation requirements.
Oct. 30, 2019 — The CAFM Educational Research Alliance (CERA) is now accepting applications for a mentor director. This is a 2-year position, with an option for an additional 2-years.
Oct. 30, 2019 — STFM is pleased to announce that the members of the new Underrepresented in Medicine (URM) Oversight Committee have been appointed. The committee is chaired by Edgar Figueroa, MD, MPH, Director of Student Health, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York.
Oct 1, 2019 — The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is now accepting comments on a focused revision of the Common Program Requirements. Comments are due by November 13.
Sept 29, 2019 — STFM is pleased to announce Julie Sutter, MD, as the new Executive Director for the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG).
August 30, 2019— STFM is accepting applications for individuals interested in serving on the Foundation Board of Trustees. Trustees serve a 4-year term, beginning and ending at the STFM Annual Spring Conference.
August 30, 2019— STFM is accepting applications for open 2020 committee spots. Committee members will serve a 2-year term and are eligible for an additional 2-year term based on an invitation by the committee chair, acceptance by the individual, and approval by the Board.
Call for Applications for a Task Force to Develop Guidelines for Protected Non-Clinical Time for Faculty in Family Medicine Residency Programs
August 15, 2019—STFM is accepting applications for a task force to develop national guidelines that define the amount of time needed by faculty to meet the non-clinical requirements of residency programs. This is in response to a national trend toward maximizing clinical productivity of faculty, which reduces the amount of time available teach and to meet administrative responsibilities and accreditation requirements.
August 14, 2019—STFM is now accepting applications from interprofessional leaders to serve as Work Group Leaders on the new Underrepresented in Medicine (URM) Oversight Committee. 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
August 14, 2019—STFM has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Office of Academic Affiliations to deliver a structured faculty development program at 23 VA facilities serving rural veterans.
Academic Family Medicine Organizations Make Recommendations to CMS for Reducing Administrative Burden
August 12, 1019—The Council of Academic Family Medicine, which includes the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, Association of Departments of Family Medicine, Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors, and the North American Primary Care Research Group, submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in response to their Request for Information; Reducing Administrative Burden to Put Patients Over Paperwork. The letter made recommendations in these three areas: 1) documentation requirements, 2) overly burdensome policies, and 3) policies or regulations causing unintended consequences to rural settings.
STFM and Partners Comment on Draft Family Medicine Milestones
August 9, 2019—During the recent open comment period, the academic family medicine organizations submitted recommendations aimed at strengthening the development of advocacy skills on the part of family medicine residents.
CMS Final Rule Allows IPPS Hospitals to Claim Time Residents Spend in Critical Access Hospitals
August 2, 2019—The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a final rule, implementing the FY2020 Inpatient Prospective Payment System. The rule includes a positive change that allows Inpatient Prospective Payment System hospitals to claim time residents spend training in Critical Access Hospitals.
STFM and the other academic family medicine organizations had advocated for this change, and CMS used our argument to define “non-provider” to include Critical Access Hospitals. We had asked that the change be made retroactive, however CMS did not extend it retroactively.
STFM Advocates for Protected Teaching Time
August 1, 2019—In response to the ACGME program requirements that went into effect in July 2019, STFM sent a letter to the ACGME asking that they give review committees the autonomy to define the amount of time their faculty needs to meet their administrative responsibilities and accreditation requirements, while devoting sufficient time and attention to preparing residents for future independent practice. The STFM Board also approved funding for a task force to quantify the amount of time needed to meet ACGME requirements.
July 24, 2019—The STFM Board of Directors is accepting applications for the position of STFM Program Assessment Chair. The Program Assessment Chair works closely with the executive director/CEO is responsible for working with STFM program champions and staff to regularly evaluate programs.
July 15, 2019 — Vince Munoz has been hired as STFM’s membership marketing specialist. In this position, Vince develops new recruitment and retention strategies, assists members with joining or renewing, and implements digital communication tactics, including social media and email marketing.
July 3, 2019—The ACGME Family Medicine Review Committee is requesting nominations for its next resident member. Nominees should be in good standing and at the PGY-2 level (as of July 1, 2020) of a three-year ACGME-accredited family medicine program.
June 27, 2019—The STFM Nominations Committee is accepting self-nominations for positions on the STFM Board of Directors: President-Elect and Member-at-Large.
June 25, 2019—Annie Derthick, PhD, has been selected for the STFM Medical Editing Fellowship. Her fellowship year runs from June 2019 and goes until July 2020. During 1-year experience in medical journalism, fellows improve their skills in writing, reviewing, and editing scientific papers. These scholarly skills make them better teachers and leaders.
June 19, 2019—The new ACGME family medicine requirements, which take effect July 1, 2019, are now posted.
June 19, 2019—You’ve likely received a smattering of emails from STFM over the past few months about ongoing efforts to address the shortage of clinical training sites for students. Here’s a recap, including recent action on CMS guidelines for student documentation in EHRs.
June 1, 2019—Are you interested in learning how Cuba's national health system has focused on prevention and community engagement? Are you familiar with Cuba's medical school for non-Cubans (ELAM), where American medical students plan primary care careers in under-resourced and minority communities in the United States?
Travel with STFM-MEDICC and gain an understanding of how this small, resource-poor country achieves outcomes comparable, and in some cases superior, to those of the United States at a fraction of the cost.
Recognize Teaching Contributions With New STFM Precepting Awards
June 1, 2019—New STFM Precepting Awards, developed as a part of the Preceptor Expansion Initiative, recognize teaching contributions by individuals and teaching practices. The two awards are the Master Preceptor Award and the Practice Recognition Award for Teaching Excellence.
Caroline Richardson, MD, a family physician and leader in primary care research, has been appointed editor of the Annals of Family Medicine, the highest-ranked primary care research journal worldwide.
May 15, 2019—CMS's new transmittal about student documentation in EHRs uses the word "students," rather than "student," putting to rest any question about whether multiple students can be involved in a patient's care and documentation. The transmittal also has new language stating, "The patient medical record must document the extent of the teaching physician’s participation in the review and direction of the services furnished to each beneficiary. The extent of the teaching physician’s participation may be demonstrated by the notes in the medical records made by physicians, residents, or nurses."
May 15, 2019—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine is hosting an Instagram competition for residency programs to showcase the lives of family medicine residents at their program as a part of a medical student recruitment campaign.
The competition starts on May 15 and ends on July 15, 2019. To participate, residency programs should follow STFM on Instagram (@STFM_FM) use the hashtag #ThisIsFamMed and #TeachAndTransform in their Instagram posts. The posts should focus on recruiting medical students to the program by showcasing the professional and personal experiences they would gain by choosing that program.
May 10, 2019—WONCA is looking for a CEO who will serve the organization full time, with a future perspective of 8-10 years. The initial contract will be for 5 years with an anticipated start date in late 2020.
April 26, 2019—The Medical School Faculty Fundamentals Certificate Program is an upcoming assessment-based online program that includes self-led courses with assignments to provide foundational training for medical school faculty.
April 12, 2019—A new Community Faculty Self-Assessment tool on TeachingPhysician.org provides a way for community faculty to assess their skill in five areas of teaching: the teaching environment, professionalism, learner development, assessment, and curricular content. The results of the assessment, which are completely private and anonymous, are linked to pages on TeachingPhysician.org where they can get tips on enhancing their teaching.
March 27, 2019—The pilot sites for Building Better Clinical Training Experiences program have been selected. The program is designed to increase the pool of community-based preceptors and the quality of training at ambulatory sites. The pilot begins in April 2019 and completes in September 2020, with results being published in 2021.
March 27, 2019—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Board of Directors has approved the addition of two new STFM Collaboratives: the Osteopathic Medicine Collaborative and the Practice Management Collaborative.
March 26, 2019—The STFM Project Fund encourages STFM Collaboratives and Special Project Teams to plan, develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate findings from educationally-related scholarly projects.
March 26, 2019—Congratulations to the 17 recipients of the New Faculty Scholars Program scholarship. The program provides funding to send participants to the STFM Annual Spring Conference and is designed to be a catalyst for developing future leaders in STFM and other areas of academic family medicine.
March 13, 2019—Eighteen family medicine faculty have been chosen for the Behavioral Science/Family Systems Educator Fellowship class of 2020.
March 13, 2019—Seventeen family medicine faculty have been chosen for the Emerging Leaders Fellowship class of 2020.
February 28, 2019—Congratulations to the newly elected officers of the 2019-2020 STFM Board of Directors.
February 28, 2019—What has Family Medicine for America's Health been working on these past 4 years? Find out through this interactive presentation.
February 28, 2019—Don't miss your chance to indulge at the Annual Spring Conference! All funds raised from the session Sweet Mindfulness: A Chocolate Tasting support the Foundation's programs. Sign up for the session when registering for the conference ($75 per attendee). Already registered? Call 800-274-7928 to sign up for the session.
February 28, 2019—Access easy-to-use, up-to-date vaccine information at the point of care with the updated Shots Immunizations app developed by the American Academy of Family Physicians and Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.
February 28, 2019—Family medicine departments, residencies, chapters, or other academic units can now apply to be Sponsors of American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Performance Improvement credit. The new Precepting Performance Improvement Program allows Sponsors to offer Performance Improvement credit (MOC IV) to family physicians who teach medical students or residents and who participate in a teaching improvement activity.
February 15, 2019—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Board of Directors approved 11 new appointments to standing STFM committees. These members will serve a 2-year term starting May 19.
February 14, 2019—The Center for the History of Family Medicine seeks nominations for two at-large positions on their Board of Curators.
February 12, 2019—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) and the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) have wrapped up a pilot program that offers Performance Improvement continuing certification credit (previously MOC Part IV) to ABFM diplomates who provide personal instruction, training, and supervision to a medical student or resident and who participate in a teaching improvement activity.
January 31, 2019—The STFM Nominations Committee has put forward a slate of candidates for the 2019 Board of Directors. STFM bylaws require that STFM members approve the slate.
January 30, 2019—TeachingPhysician.org is recruiting authors to write peer-reviewed teaching tips for community preceptors.
January 14, 2019—Following thorough conversations about STFM’s role in health equity, the Board of Directors has approved a policy statement against discrimination. We believe STFM and its members benefit from having a strong statement against all discrimination. This policy was developed following more than a year of discussions focusing on how STFM should address health equity issues.
Call for Applications for "Building Better Clinical Training Experiences: A Learning Collaborative"
January 11, 2019—STFM is accepting applications for three learning collaborative pilot projects, designed to increase the pool of community-based preceptors and the quality of training at ambulatory sites. Family medicine departments, in collaboration with other specialties and professions, will pilot standardized student onboarding resources and processes and/or pilot standardized preceptor onboarding and engagement resources. Resources and processes for each project will be provided by STFM, along with survey and evaluation tools. (call is now closed)
January 10, 2019—The STFM Ethics and Humanities Collaborative has opened the call for applicaitons for the 2019 STFM Annual Poetry and Prose Contest. The theme this year is "Of Medicine and Mirth: Expressions of Joy or Humor in Practice."
January 10, 2019—Kim Sevedge has been hired as STFM’s member relations specialist. In this position, Kim serves as the first point of contact for STFM members, works on conference-related tasks, and executes administrative activities for staff.
December 19, 2018—For the past 2 years, STFM has been leading an interprofessional, interdisciplinary initiative to address the shortage of high-quality clinical training sites for students. The goals are to decrease the percentage of primary care clerkship directors who report difficulty finding clinical preceptor sites and increase the percentage of students completing clerkships at high-functioning sites. Read the update on the work of each of the five tactic teams.
December 18, 2018—STFM has launched a new website featuring streamlined navigation and an improved user experience. The site was redesigned based on member feedback, as well as anticipated member needs.
November 30, 2018—STFM has embarked on an update of its Strategic Plan for 2020–2025. STFM uses its strategic plan to guide the organization and its activities. “The Board takes strategic planning very seriously. The strategic plan guides every major decision and for that reason it is so important that we regularly monitor and revise the plan, using input from our members and environmental scans,” said STFM President Beat Steiner, MD, MPH.
November 30, 2018—Family Medicine for America's Health (FMAHealth) in collaboration with the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) sponsored, the first national conversation on increasing investment in primary care on November 9, 2018. Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services, spoke about the importance of primary care and ways in which CMMI would be moving forward with alternative primary care payment models.
November 12, 2018—Sonja Shipley, MD, is taking on the new role of URM and Health Equity Editor. Dr Shipley will serve a 1-year term, from January to December 2019. As editor, she will curate a series of blog posts on the topic of underrepresented in medicine or health equity and one Education Column piece on health equity.
November 11, 2018—Marketing communications leader Julie Beets has joined STFM as Director of Membership and Marketing. Julie’s role includes the strategic development and management of long and short-term membership recruitment and retention plans, including leveraging communication that maximizes benefits for members while supporting the STFM brand and core values.
October 30, 2018—Allison Woodworth has been hired as STFM’s program coordinator. In this position, Allison provides technical support for STFM members, coordinates projects and processes for several programs and departments, and executes administrative activities for staff.
October 15, 2018—At the September STFM Foundation Trustee meeting, it was determined that the Underrepresented in Medicine (URM) Campaign should be expanded into a two-phase, long-term initiative to better address the critical shortage of URM family medicine educators.
October 12, 2018—In preparation for strategic planning and as part of general operations, STFM sent an online survey to members to assess members’ satisfaction with STFM and to gauge their needs and recommendations for priorities for the organization.