As we begin a new year, I’m proud to report on the Society’s 2015 accomplishments. Early in the year, we unveiled a new strategic plan that will guide the organization over the next 5 years. One of the decisions in the development of the plan was that STFM would identify a few big rocks: the most critical areas the organization must address.
You can expect to see your Board, committees, and task forces honed in on providing faculty with skills to train learners to achieve the triple aim; identifying strategies to transform training sites into models of excellence; and engaging members, residents, and students in activities related to Family Medicine for America’s Health.
Midway through the year, we launched Faculty for Tomorrow, a 2-year initiative to address the shortage of family medicine faculty. Faculty for Tomorrow is expanding STFM’s formal faculty recruiting of residenthes, providing resources and training for new faculty, identifying and supporting young family physicians with leadership potential, and ensuring leaders of institutions understand the time and competencies required to be faculty.
Other notable accomplishments:
- Launched the long-awaited Family Medicine Residency Curriculum Resource in collaboration with AFMRD. Nearly 200 residency programs are now using the peer-reviewed, case-based presentations, facilitators’ guides, and quizzes.
- Engaged in a number of Family Medicine for America’s Health activities, including
- Publishing a special issue of Family Medicine with articles and commentaries related to FMAHealth as well as expanded public relations coverage and distribution.
- Providing meeting planning and logistics support for the FMAHealth Board and core team meetings
- Providing FMAHealth tracks at STFM conferences
- Released revised and revamped advocacy modules with more interaction, video interviews with family medicine advocates, animated slides, and a shorter running time.
- Introduced three new fellowship opportunities:
- Approved EntrustableProfessional Activities for Family Medicine End of Residency Training developed by Family Medicine for America’s Health.
- Participated in a successful advocacy effort to save AHRQ.
- Held a “What Family Medicine Means to Me” blog contest for residents, students, and fellows. We received 23 submissions and more than 3,000 blog views!
- Developed Strategies to Ensure That Students Add Value in Outpatient Offices to address the shortage of community preceptors.
- Selected a task force to plan activities for STFM’s 50th anniversary (2017).
- Partnered with the Connecticut Institute for Primary Care Innovation at our Conference on Practice Improvement to offer the Primary Care Office of the Future, a simulation of new practice designs and technology for primary care transformation.
- Hosted two meetings of the family medicine Working Party. Working Party includes leadership from AAFP, ABFM, ACOFP, AFMRD, NAPCRG, and STFM.
2016 has started with a flurry of activity. We’ve moved into new office space to accommodate our growing staff. We’re knee deep in the re-development of the STFM Resource Library, Group Listserves/Forums, and TeachingPhysician.org. Our GME Committee and Faculty for Tomorrow Task Force are emerged in the development of longitudinal online training programs for faculty, and we’re developing a plan to collaborate with other organizations to address the shortage of community preceptors.
I am so thankful for all of you who helped us accomplish this vast amount of work and those who support us with your membership and conference attendance. I appreciate your dedication to making a difference in the health of your patients and the learners and faculty who serve them.