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STFM is excited to announce you can now text us with questions! Please note, we will never text you without your express permission. Receive concise STFM updates in real time.

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Why should I opt-in to receive STFM text messages?
Texting allows STFM members to quickly receive important updates about membership, conferences, special events, and more.

Can I text you?
Yes! We encourage it. If you have a question about your membership, registration status, conferences, webinars, special events and initiatives, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Will STFM text me excessively?
No. We know there is nothing more annoying than unnecessary text messages. We limit our texts so you only receive the important updates about your membership or extremely special announcements.

Can I change my mind and unsubscribe?
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Are you available 24/7?
No, our text inbox will be monitored Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm Central Time. If you text us after hours, we will always text on the next business day.

Celebrating 2015 and Looking Forward to 2016

Stacy Brungardt, CAE STFM Executive Director

Stacy Brungardt, CAE
STFM Executive Director

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.

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Crowdsourcing Ideas About Open Innovation: How Can STFM Raise the Faculty Development Bar Even Higher?

Rick Bothelo, MD

Rick Botelho, MD

All five goals of STFM’s strategic plan address innovation directly or indirectly, to varying degrees. The STFM 2013 Annual Report documents remarkable progress in innovation. Yet, most STFM members have had little or no training in developing innovations during their formal education. Furthermore, STFM’s achievements were made without developing any formal governance policies on open innovation.

Propose Faculty Development Programs on Innovation
Innovation and leadership development are complementary and separate skill sets. We need faculty development programs for both skills sets, so that we can create an academic home to accelerate our organizational development.1 STFM needs a formalized and structured faculty development process to enhance our capabilities and capacities to develop innovations that build on our significant achievements. What if STFM considered the need for faculty development programs on open innovation to be as important as leadership development?

Foster Open Innovation
Translating this business concept to health care, open innovation involves:

  • Creating new processes, methods, programs, services and products through the collaborative and boundary-less exchange of ideas, between silos within and across organizations, communities, networks and systems2,3
  • Enhancing free-flowing dialogues, inclusive participation and transparent accountability in ways that cultivate bottom-up, horizontal and top-down organizational synergies4,5
  • Coordinating a pro-active, comprehensive and ongoing change management process to foster a membership-wide process of creating leadership, administrative, educational, research, and clinical innovations, such as catalytic innovations.

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