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February | 2022



From the CEO

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We’re getting excited for the 2022 Annual Meeting!

The FMEC Board, Planning Committee and staff were very happy earlier this month when nearly 270 submissions were received for the 2022 Annual Meeting! We thank the many students, residents and faculty who submitted (earlier than usual this year) to help make the 2022 agenda the strongest ever. Notifications for acceptance will go out in May 2022. Registration for the 2022 Annual Meeting will open on April 7, 2022, so watch for more information soon.

Also, as this email hits your inboxes, the FMEC Board of Trustees are meeting at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA to conduct their regular business and see the site of our September 2022 Annual Meeting. It’s deja-vu for many Board members – we held our February 2020 meeting at the same location, in anticipation of holding the 2020 Annual Meeting in Arlington. But we all know what happened right after that. The FMEC was pleased that the meeting could be rescheduled to this year, and we look forward to fulfilling our commitment to meet in the DC area.

While I’ve only been on board a few months, I’m very grateful for the warm welcome I’ve received from the Board, staff, and our members across the region. I’ve been fortunate to meet (virtually so far) with many of the institutions the FMEC serves, and I’m impressed by the enthusiasm for what the FMEC does, and the many ideas you are sharing. I’m also grateful to Larry Bauer for continuing to share his expertise and input as we move forward.

Please reach out to me if you have input and ideas for the FMEC – I would love to hear from you.


Scott G. Allen, MS, CEO, 773-330-4331


See you at AMSA!

The FMEC will be exhibiting at AMSACon 2022 – the annual meeting of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) – on April 7-9, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA. Let us know if you will be there and stop by our table!

FMEC Project Updates

Celebrating successes in 2021

Despite COVID-19 challenges, the FMEC had a strong year in 2021. We held our 2021 Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, continued our many successful learning communities, increased support for our Legacy Campaign, and began work on diversity, equity and inclusion. Read more about the FMEC’s last year in the new FMEC 2021 Annual Report.

Geropalliative Care Series is available!

The FMEC has opened up registration for the Geropalliative Care Series, an online CME course 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 was developed for the FMEC by Dr. Daniel Hoefer, the Chief Medical Officer for Sharp HealthCare’s outpatient palliative care program Transitions, and Associate Medical Director for Sharp HospiceCare. 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.


Want to learn more about the FMEC Geropalliative Care Series?

On March 1 and March 22, the FMEC is holding short, informational webinars about Geropalliative Care. Join us to hear more about the topic and have your questions answers. You can hear directly from the expert, Dr. Daniel Hoefer, before registering for the online course. To register for Tuesday, March 1, 12:30pm to 1pm Eastern, provide your name and email address here. To register for Tuesday, March 22, 12:30pm to 1pm Eastern, provide your name and email address here.


Save the Date for the Direct Primary Care Conference

The Direct Primary Care (DPC) Summit will be held in-person in Kansas City, MO on July 15-17, 2022. This year, content will meet you where you are in the DPC process – those who are just curious and learning about the model, those who need help starting a DPC practice, and those who’ve been practicing DPC for years and want to share and learn with others. Visit the Direct Primary Care Summit site for more information.


FACTS project

The FACTS project is excited to announce its unique 2022 virtual conference: For the Future of Women's Health. From May to August, four half-day sessions will be held around the world, enabling participants to attend virtually in real-time and earn CME credit! You will learn new information to provide evidence-based, holistic, and restorative health care options for women. Follow the link to preview the conference page and sign up to receive more details when they are available. 

News from the Field

Telemedicine Curriculum Gets High Marks

The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Telemedicine Curriculum Pilot Project wrapped up December 31, with more than 1,000 residents and students at 30 medical schools and residency programs completing and evaluating online modules. During the pilot project, which ran for four months, residents and students were tasked with completing and evaluating five asynchronous modules: Intro to Telehealth, The Telehealth Encounter, Requirements for Telehealth, Access and Equity in Telehealth, and Future of Telehealth. Three out of four participants agreed or strongly agreed that they were satisfied and that they gained helpful new knowledge, skills, and/or attitudes, and Four out of five participants agreed or strongly agreed that the information was presented effectively, and it was the right level for them. For more information, reach the STFM article

Resources for You

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Why Physicians Benefit from Navigate’s Student Loan Reviews

Since FMEC and Navigate joined forces in 2017, FMEC physicians are on track to save $24,206,635 dollars. Individual physicians save from $40,000--$400,000 on average, with Navigate. Overall, in just seven years, Navigate is on track to save physicians more than $309,000,000. How? Student loans are confusing, convoluted, and sometimes corrupt.

Yes, there are loan servicing companies doing shady things with physicians’ loans. Some physicians are paying much more than they should. For example, one loan servicer recorded only half the payments a physician actually made. (Navigate sees this on occasion. Joy Sorensen Navarre, Navigate’s founder, called the loan servicer several times with the physician on the line. Ultimately, the loan servicer added all unrecorded payments.)

Joy also participates on governmental student loan committees to promote change. She’s a physician student loan expert who cares deeply about physicians. Navigate’s team knows the pitfalls and how to resolve them. Their expertise saves physicians many hours, and thousands of dollars. Navigate makes it simple. Physicians reap the benefits.

Perhaps FMEC member Dr. Josie Conte in Kennebec County, Maine, says it best:

“...The generic loan assistance tools available on the internet...leave lots of questions...Having a one-on-one consultation and a personalized plan to manage my debt, along with expert advice about student loan forgiveness programs, was hugely helpful for my mental well being during residency, and I can’t recommend Navigate highly enough.”

To schedule a FREE 15-minute loan review call, visit:

Resources to get young women talking about hereditary cancer

While most breast cancers are diagnosed in older women, 9% are found in women under 45. And those cases are more likely to be hereditary and to be found at a later stage, when the cancer is harder to treat. Family physicians need to get young women talking about hereditary cancer and being proactive about breast and ovarian health. But it can be daunting. Healthcare providers should fully understand the many social, cultural, and emotional barriers that may be preventing conversations about hereditary cancer. That’s why the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), with support from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, has developed a compelling series of videos with women from diverse backgrounds sharing their personal stories. NACDD and CDC have also produced an animated conversation simulation that models how to start, navigate, respond to, and handle different types of conversations about hereditary breast cancer. Access these resources at the NACDD and CDC links above, and watch a recorded webinar with experts talking about how to use stories to improve difficult conversations about hereditary cancer.

FMEC Thanks Its Partners

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FMEC partners provide important support to help the FMEC promote family medicine, and they get exposure and many benefits in return! Already in 2022, the FMEC has been pleased to welcome Wellspan Health (and its York Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital Family Medicine Residency Programs), Penn State Health, and LifePoint Health. 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.

Get Involved

The FMEC needs your input on DEI

The FMEC has established a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee, led by Dr. Sarah I. Ramirez of Penn State Health, and we are planning activity for 2022 and beyond. We are looking for your input and involvement in shaping our DEI work to make sure it meets the needs of family medicine in the northeast U.S. What do you want to see from the FMEC on DEI issues in the future? What DEI topics are you most interested in learning about? Are you doing something exciting at your training program or clinic that you want to share? Would you like to stay informed about FMEC’s DEI work or help out? Let us know! Please complete our short survey here to share and give the FMEC direction for the future! The survey will take as little as 2 minutes and no more than 5 minutes to complete. It will close on March 7, 2022, so please provide your input today.

Join the FMEC Planning Committee

Please consider joining our Planning Committee to help review submissions! This volunteer opportunity is fun and educational. It's a great academic endeavor which does not require a huge time commitment, and faculty can use the submission review as an exercise for your residents and fellows. If you are interested in joining the 2022 or 2023 Planning Committee, please contact Lisa Schwieterman at

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


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

March 2-3: AAFP Adult Medicine Livestream, virtual

March 2-6: Latino Medical Student Association National & Northeast Regional Conference, Philadelphia, PA

March 9-12: AAFP Board Review Express Livestream, virtual

March 9-12: AAFP Sports Medicine Livestream, virtual

March 17-20: ACOFP Annual Convention and Scientific Seminars, Dallas, TX

March 25-27: AAFP Residency Leadership Summit, Kansas City, MO

March 30-April 2: AAFP Physician Health and Wellbeing Conference, Naples, FL

April 7-9: American Medical Student Association AMSACon2022, Washington, DC

April 13-17: Student National Medical Association 2022 Conference, Orlando, FL

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

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

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

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