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April | 2022



A note from the President

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Spring is in the air, and another academic year is drawing to a close. We are very excited to announce that our very own, Larry Bauer, will be receiving one of the highest awards on Sunday evening at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Annual Meeting later this week.  

I am sure there will be many FMEC’ers in attendance to help Larry celebrate this great honor.  

Congratulations, Larry!

As we think about recognizing one set of residency and medical school graduates and welcoming new classes, it is also a poignant time to connect with the communities we are here to serve.  In new programming, the FMEC will be offering a series of webinars focusing on Health Equity and the Social Determinants of Health. 

I encourage you to join the members of our Board, national experts and local organizers to learn more about “Food Insecurity and Hunger”, “Parks, Recreation and Fitness” and “Digital Access and Digital Health” (visit the FMEC website for additional details).

And, finally, our Annual Meeting is right around the corner, and we will be gathering near Washington, DC before you know it. In fact, registration for individuals and the Residency Fair is now open and we are accepting applications for student scholarships. Mark your calendars for September 16-18 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City!

Donald (Raj) Woolever, MD, FAAFP

[email protected]

April is National Minority Health Month

April is National Minority Health Month! This year's theme is "Give Your Community a Boost," reinforcing how vaccines impact health outcomes and build trust in family physicians. For more information visit the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) website.

News from the FMEC

FMEC Awards Deadline Extended – Submit by May 6

The FMEC is proud to support leaders in the family medicine community through our Annual Awards Competition.  We seek nominations for Leadership Awards (Family Physicians Changing Our World; Mid-Career Faculty Achievement; and Emerging Leaders). We also seek submissions for Creative Expression Awards (This We Believe; Creative Writing; and Family Medicine through the Visual Arts).  

Visit the FMEC Awards website for more information on the criteria and submission process. The deadline for submission and nominations is May 6, 2022.

Registration is opening for the 2022 FMEC Annual Meeting!

Both individual registration and registration for the residency fair will open before the end of April 2022. Please visit FMEC 2022 Annual Meeting for details and updates! The application for Student Scholarships is also now open!

DEI Survey Results

The FMEC Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee appreciates your input! Nearly 80 responses to a recent FMEC survey of members and past meeting attendees has given critical direction to the FMEC’s future activities. You told us you are most interested in learning about recruiting diverse faculty, recruiting diverse students and residents, and mentoring diverse learners – so watch for programs from the FMEC at the 2022 Annual Meeting on those topics. You also told us you wanted the FMEC to focus our efforts on promoting family medicine as a career to those from disadvantaged communities, advancing the diversity of speakers at the Annual Meetings, and creating models or pathways for local engagement between students/residents and community groups addressing inequities. (It’s like we read your mind – see our upcoming social determinants of health webinars, below!). Respondents also provided rich comments and suggestions, which we are considering. Thank you to those who responded, and for those who expressed interest in helping with the FMEC’s DEI work, watch for emails from us soon.

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Promoting family medicine at AMSA

The FMEC exhibited at AMSACon 2022, on April 7-9, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA. In addition to promoting our 2022 Annual Meeting to medical students, we answered questions for undergraduates and medical students about going into family medicine and primary care. Aligned with our 2022 Annual Meeting theme, Unleashing our Family Medicine Superpowers, we gave visitors to our booth superhero names and superpowers, like “fighting inequity” and “reducing the cost of care.” Thanks to all the students and others who visited our booth! If you would like to help the FMEC bring medical students to the 2022 Annual Meeting via scholarships, make a donation of any amount today.

FMEC Webinars on Social Determinants of Health

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Join the FMEC in May for webinars on food insecurity, fitness and the digital divide!

Even in communities where quality health care is easily accessible, the majority of health inequity and inequality can be ascribed to other influences, such as environment, social and economic factors, and learned behaviors. Medical education and residency programs need to focus on the roles that social determinants of health (SDH) play in wellness, not only to keep families healthy but to meet training requirements. Family physicians are not alone in striving toward health equity – nationally and in every community, diverse groups of advocates and non-medical providers are working to address critical issues such as housing, employment, food insecurity, physical activity, and more. Understanding the national perspective and how different systems are organized and responding at the community level will help family physicians better engage with partners, no matter where they train or practice.


This webinar series has engaged national experts to share how they are working to reduce inequities, in tandem with and outside of health care systems, as well as family physicians who will share examples from their training programs and health systems. Participants will learn challenges from the advocate’s expert perspective; hear about emerging research and policy priorities; gain strategies for making community connections; and bring new ideas back to their medical and residency education programs.


Learn more about the speakers for the upcoming webinars and register on the FMEC website.


Wednesday May 11, 5:30pm - Food Insecurity and HungerRegister here!

Tuesday, May 17, 5:30pm - Parks, Recreation, and FitnessRegister here!

Wednesday, May 25, 5:30pm – Digital Access and Digital Health Register here!

Get Involved

Join the FMEC to support Family Medicine

Individuals can join the FMEC to support our mission to promote family medicine and to get discounts and access to a range of services and resources. Residents and fellows can join for only $30. To help the FMEC develop new programming and better support family medicine, the FMEC’s individual dues rates for others (post-training physicians, faculty, administrators, and other healthcare providers – anyone can join!) will go up on April 1, 2022, from $50 to $75. If your institution is an FMEC partner at the Silver Level or above, you may receive a complimentary FMEC individual membership. Contact the FMEC at [email protected] for more information on memberships and partnerships.


Become an ALSO Instructor

At the 2022 Annual Meeting, the FMEC will once again offer an Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) Instructor Course. It’s time to think now about who in your residency program needs to be trained as an instructor, and block off Thursday, September 15, 2022 in their calendar. Any clinician providing obstetrical care who has already obtained their ALSO Provider status is eligible to become an approved ALSO Approved Instructor. This includes physicians as well as residents, registered nurses, midwives, nurse practitioners, paramedics, and physician assistants. Watch for more information when the FMEC 2022 Annual Meeting registration opens.

Nominate a Resident for the Resident Teacher Award

The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Resident Teacher Award recognizes teaching contributions by residents. Each family medicine residency program can give this award annually to the resident who best demonstrates interest in and a commitment to family medicine education. Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, visit STFM Resident Teacher Award.

FMEC Project Updates

Thank you to our 2022 Annual Meeting Planning Committee!

Since February, the FMEC’s 50-person 2022 Annual Meeting Planning Committee has been hard at work reviewing nearly 300 submissions for the 2022 Annual Meeting. This month, the Planning Committee Coordinators, led by the chairperson Chrissy Alexander-Rager, MD of MetroHealth, is taking their reviews and assembling an exciting scientific program! Presenters will be notified of acceptance in early May 2022 and the schedule for sessions will be released by June 2022. The FMEC thanks all the volunteers and particularly the Coordinators, including Dr. Alexander and her colleagues Bode Adebombe, MD, MetroHealth; Dennis Gingrich, MD, Penn State University (ret.); Heather Paladine, MD, Columbia/NY Presbyterian; Rajesh Rajesh, MD, MetroHealth; and Martha Seagrave, PA, University of Vermont College of Medicine. Visit the FMEC 2022 Annual Meeting website to read more about the Coordinators.

Integrative Health case studies released

The Samueli Foundation and the FMEC have released four case studies from their joint Integrative Health Learning Community (IHLC), capturing challenges and successes. Across the case studies, providers engaged in the ILHC noted the value of participating in a collaborative where they were inspired, educated and challenged by colleagues at other practice sites. They cited the COVID-19 pandemic as a barrier to keeping up with their ILHC work and making practice improvements. For some, however, COVID-19 challenges showed the value of IH. Group visits helped combat loneliness exacerbated by the pandemic, and many IH strategies were useful in helping patients recover from ongoing or long COVID symptoms. The case study reports include an overview of whole-person care and IH, evidence supporting whole-person care, and information on quality improvement methodology. Read more and link to the case studies in FMEC’s news release, Case Studies Show Progress on Integrative Health. Is your residency program interested in participating in the FMEC’s next Integrative Health Collaborative? Please contact Scott Allen at [email protected].

Get CME through the FMEC Geropalliative Care Series

The FMEC’s Geropalliative Care Series, an online CME course, is approved for 6.0 AAFP Prescribed Credits through February 1, 2023. The course focuses on patient-centered care of frail older adults in their last 2 to 5 years of life. The series will cover what is geropalliative care, frailty, delirium (understanding the importance and prevention), evidence-based medical prognostication, and the potential harms caused by continuing traditional care. The course is only $120 for FMEC members (only $50 for resident members), and you can view it at your leisure through February of 2023. Visit Geropalliative Care Series and register now.

News from the Field

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Primary Care Collaborative launches new campaign

In April 2022, the Primary Care Collaborative launched Better Health – Now. The campaign’s supporters believe the U.S. needs strong primary care in every community so all Americans have better access to health. Better Health – Now presents a way to make this vision a reality. Read more about the campaign in the PCC press release, and learn about the specific recommendations the campaign is promoting on the PCC website

Resources for You

Find your next opportunity through the FMEC

The FMEC’s Special Edition Newsletter includes job and fellowship postings from FMEC Partners. The March 2022 edition includes many openings from over a dozen health systems. Posting job opportunities in this newsletter, which goes to thousands of FMEC contacts throughout the northeast, is a benefit for FMEC Partners at the Silver Level and above. 

FMEC Thanks Its Partners

Become a Partner or Member today

Joining the FMEC as an individual or institution not only supports our mission to strengthen family medicine and support medical students and residents, but gives you tangible benefits and discounts as well. Read more about FMEC Memberships and Partnerships now, and join or renew. And don’t forget to watch the FMEC Special Edition email newsletter for job and fellowship openings. Like discounts on exhibit booths and residency fair tables, promoting job and fellowship opportunities through FMEC is a benefit of certain partner levels – read more about FMEC’s Partner Benefits and join FMEC now.

Upcoming Meetings

A selection of upcoming family medicine and primary care meetings, nationally and in the FMEC region, in the next 3 months. If you have a meeting to be listed, please email [email protected].


September 16-18, 2022: FMEC 2022 Annual Meeting, Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, VA

April 30-May 4: STFM Annual Spring Conference, Indianapolis, IN

May 4:  Miami Valley Academy of Family Physicians 26th Annual CME Program

May 11: FMEC Webinar: Connecting with the Community: Food Insecurity and


May 13-15: NHAFP CME 2022: Rising to the Task: Reframing Primary Care in New Hampshire

May 22: FMEC Webinar: Connecting with the Community: Parks, Recreation, and Fitness

May 25: FMEC Webinar: Connecting with the Community: Digital Access and Digital Health

July 15-17: AAFP/ACOFP/FMEC Direct Primary Care Summit, Kansas City, MO

July 28-30: AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents & Medical Students, Kansas City, MO

August 14:  Ohio Academy of Family Physicians Annual Membership Meeting, Virtual

September 11-14, STFM Conference on Practice and Quality Improvement, Savannah, GA

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