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January | 2024

If you love the FMEC, show it!

Show your support of the FMEC by wearing your FMEC apparel at the FMEC 2024 Annual Meeting or around your institution to generate interest in the FMEC! Buy a shirt or jacket with the FMEC letters or logo from our online store before January 19.

Order Here!

You will be able to choose from a variety of apparel and select either the FMEC Logo or FMEC Letters. This online shop is only open until January 19, so place your order now! Items will be shipped directly to you by mid-February. This time-limited opportunity is simply in response to requests for FMEC apparel. Your purchase covers production and shipping costs and does not generate revenue for the FMEC.

Call for 2024 submissions open

The FMEC invites family physicians, residents and medical students throughout the northeastern U.S. to submit presentations for its 2024 Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held September 19-21, 2024, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, a central location in downtown Philadelphia and near many exciting attractions. Beginning in 2024, the schedule for the meeting will change in order to eliminate programming on Sunday. Preconferences will occur on Thursday, and the meeting itself will be held all day Friday and Saturday, with no programming or events on Sunday.

For more information and an overview of the types of presentations accepted, visit the FMEC 2024 Annual Meeting website. All proposals are due by February 9, 2024, with the exception of poster submissions from medical students.

Join an FMEC committee to plan the 2024 Annual Meeting

Meet colleagues, add to your CV, and help make 2024 the best meeting ever by serving on the Planning Committee, Host Committee, or Award Review Teams.

Virtually this spring, nearly 50 individuals serve on the Planning Committee to help review and score program submissions for the Annual Meeting. Each reviewer receives a subset of submissions, and they also may help mentor speakers when the proposals need work. They also serve as moderators and poster judges onsite during the meeting (optional). With the volume of proposals we receive (nearly 300!), we always need more reviewers! Please consider joining and/or asking your faculty or residents to join. Contact Lisa Schwieterman at for more information or simply sign-up using this Planning Committee registration form.

If you are local to the Philadelphia area and would like to serve on the Host Committee, please contact Scott Allen at The Host Committee chooses the meeting theme, suggests plenary speakers, raises money to support the meeting, and helps the FMEC engage the local community.

We are also looking for individuals to serve on the Award Review Teams for the FMEC’s awards program. The FMEC offers seven awards annually, with some recognizing achievement in family medicine and academics, and some recognizing prose, poetry and visual arts. Later this spring, juries of FMEC members will review submissions and choose winners. Read more about the FMEC awards, and contact Jennifer Stamper at if you are interested in serving on a review panel.

FMEC helps advocate for family medicine

The FMEC strives to increase the number of family physicians nationwide and believes any reduction in the capacity to train family physicians is a step backwards. When family medicine residency programs are at risk of closing, the FMEC encourages members to advocate to keep them open. We are happy to announce that after an outpouring of support from the community, the Mount Sinai Family Medicine program, operated through a contract with the Institute for Family Health, will remain open. A new 5-year contract has been agreed to in concept and is being drafted. Read more on X at @SinaiFamilyMed. In Cleveland, University Hospitals announced that the Family Medicine Residency at the Cleveland Medical Center would be closing by attrition, scheduled to stop operations in 2026. Read more in this statement from the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians and this article from Signal Cleveland. The FMEC urged the program to stay open and encourages the family medicine community to do the same.

Thank you for joining us in Providence!

Over 1,000 students, residents and faculty joined the FMEC for the 2023 Annual Meeting in October in Providence, RI. Read more and see photos from the meeting in the 2023 Annual Meeting Wrap Up Report. You can access the Wrap Up Report on the FMEC homepage at, along with the emails sent daily during the Annual Meeting with other updates, plenary summaries, information on poster presentation winners, and more. 

Opportunities for You

POCUS Education Opportunities

The FMEC was pleased to partner with the Global Ultrasound Institute (GUSI) to offer point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) workshops at the 2023 Annual Meeting. Now through February 2024, GUSI is offering exclusive discounts on its educational tools. For medical schools, residency programs, and practitioner groups, buy one POCUS Essentials Course and get another half off! The courses cover a spectrum of topics, including POCUS Essentials, MSK Essentials, Pediatric Essentials, and OB Essentials. Visit GUSI New Year Sale for more information.

Is your residency program interested in working with the FMEC and GUSI to host an in-person, 2-day POCUS course at your institution, for providers and trainees in the region, sometime this spring or summer? Contact Scott Allen at if you would like to discuss options.

FMEC Initiatives Updates

Get your discounts as an FMEC Partner or Member

Joining the FMEC as an individual or institution not only helps support the FMEC mission and promote family medicine, but it gives you tangible benefits and discounts.

Later this spring, the FMEC will open registration for the 2024 Annual Meeting, and programs who are FMEC Partners receive $300 discounts on their Residency Fair booths, and individuals who join, or receive complimentary memberships through an FMEC Partner organization, receive $50-75 discounts on registration. 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 from FMEC Silver Partners and above.

A hearty THANK YOU to the residency programs, medical schools, and health systems who have joined or renewed their FMEC partnerships. See the full list at FMEC Partners. The support of these FMEC partners is critical to the FMEC’s success.

Upcoming Meetings

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

February 8-11, 2024 - Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Conference on Medical Student Education, Atlanta, GA

February 20-24, 2024 - Association of Departments of Family Medicine (ADFM) Annual Conference, Palm Springs, CA

March 25-27, 2024 – AAFP Residency Leadership Summit/Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (AFMRD), Kansas City, KS

March 27-31, 2024 – Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Annual Medical Education Conference, New Orleans, LA

April 4-7, 2024 – American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA

April 18-20, 2024 – AAFP Leadership Conference, Kansas City, MO

May 4-8, 2024 – STFM Annual Spring Conference, Los Angeles, CA

May 19-21, 2024 – AAFP Family Medicine Advocacy Summit, Washington, DC

May 30-June 1, 2024 – AMSA Annual Meeting, Arlington, VA

June 20-23, 2024 – Direct Primary Care Summit, Dallas, TX

August 1-3, 2024 – AAFP National Conference for Family Medicine Residents & Medical Students, Kansas City

September 15-18, 2024 – STFM Conference on Practice and Quality Improvement, Denver, CO

September 19-21, 2024 – FMEC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA

September 24-28, 2024 – AAFP FMX, Phoenix, AZ

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