Reaching Potential Teachers Like Me

Sonya Shipley, MD,

Sonya Shipley, MD,

One day I received an email from STFM about a task force that seemed awesome, but I did not want to apply. My initial thought was, “That seems great, but I am not qualified for that.” You see, I had only been back on faculty for a little over a year, and I wondered, “What do I have to contribute?” Well, in comes my work mother, also known as my department chair, who says, “Apply! You have lots to offer.” Fast forward to today. Guess who is serving on the Faculty for Tomorrow Taskforce—Moi!

The mission of the task force is to prepare faculty today for family medicine tomorrow—to reach those excellent clinical teachers from residency or community practice who have what it takes to shape the next generation of family medicine clinicians. Fantabulous mission, right?

And—the icing on the cake—4 years ago, I was exactly the girl whom this task force is trying to reach.

I adored teaching, and had initially considered a career in academic medicine during my final year of residency, but I just couldn’t take the plunge. I was afraid that taking on the responsibility of someone else’s education would prove to be too much. After a while, I realized I missed teaching. So I came back to academics.

So why do we need to prepare faculty today? Let’s look at a bit of math, if you will. Primary care shortage = shortage of primary care physicians (which by default) = shortage of primary care teachers. We need primary care doctors, but how can they learn without teachers? Answer: they can’t.

And how can we prepare more teachers? Through your GivingTuesday donations which will support the Faculty for Tomorrow campaign and its great mission.

Think about this:

  • Average amount per year spent by Americans who regularly buy coffee throughout the week =$1,092.
  • The price of tea in China =due to market conditions, apparently no one really knows right now.
  • Ensuring family medicine’s future = priceless.

Give today as a part of the GivingTuesday campaign to support the future teachers of family medicine! Your donation ensures that future teachers like me join the academic fold and encourage others to do the same.

Pay it Backward and Pay it Forward on #GivingTuesday

 Victoria Gorski, MD

Victoria Gorski, MD

I’m writing to ask you to put the STFM Foundation on your list of worthy causes to contribute to this year on #GivingTuesday.

The STFM Foundation plays a critical role in nurturing people at all phases of the career life cycle in academic family medicine. So this time of year presents a fitting opportunity for giving a gift to the organization that is likely to be for you, as it is for me, your primary professional family.

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Our Mentoring Relationship

By Irmanie Eliacin, MD, and Suzanne Minor, MD

On being the mentee

It all started 2.5 years ago. I was a brand new faculty coming out of a busy practice and entering the realm of academic medicine; when the opportunity afforded itself I ran with it. The transition from residency to a traditional outpatient clinic to academia was daunting. At the first curriculum committee meeting I attended, I saw from afar a smiling, warm face and heard her voice loud and resounding after they introduced me as a new faculty, saying “Welcome!” Little did I know Suzanne Minor, MD (Suzie) would soon be instrumental and integral in the development of my new role as an educator.

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