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November | 2022

Thank you to our 2022 Annual Meeting Sponsors

From the President

What do we envision for the future of the FMEC? Our Annual Meeting will continue to thrive - providing presentation experiences for residents and young physicians, helping faculty convene and collaborate, and introducing the excitement of family medicine to medical students. But the FMEC has always been more than the Annual Meeting.

Three strategies are feeding the FMEC’s growth. First, we are pursuing new learning collaborative opportunities, inspired by the innovative work of our members and funded by the many private and public agencies and foundations who want to see family medicine thrive. The first new learning collaborative to launch will focus on using stories and videos to help families communicate about hereditary breast and ovarian cancers, using materials from the CDC’s Bring Your Brave campaign and narrative medicine techniques. This is critically important – many young women do not know their cancer risk, and they are not aware of ways to lower that risk. As primary care physicians, we do not refer enough for genetic counseling– only 41.1% refer a woman who is high risk for genetic counseling or testing. Tools like videos and stories can make raising the issue easier and connect more personally to women of all backgrounds, inspiring them to take action and learn about their risk. Please consider joining the learning collaborative – an opportunity to sign up will be sent shortly. We thank the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors and the CDC for funding this new initiative.

Second, the FMEC is looking at new pathways for students, residents and faculty to become involved in the FMEC. Hundreds of you already speak or present posters at the Annual Meeting. But we can do more, through new committees or interest groups, and new projects. We have over 190 family medicine residency training programs in our region, and engaging you and connecting you across community and state lines is a high priority. In 2023, we will unveil new opportunities so that you can join the FMEC leadership, share your expertise, and advance family medicine.

Lastly, we are in the early stages of exploring new FMEC products, such as a journal. The FMEC Legacy Campaign is providing seed money for this exciting new initiative. A journal could capture content from the Annual Meeting, give many young health professionals their first publishing opportunity, and engage leadership throughout our region as editors, contributors, and more. Watch for more information on this project in 2023.

On behalf of the FMEC Board of Trustees and staff, we hope you enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday next week.

FMEC Initiative Updates

FACTS Update – Exciting Plans for 2023

In 2010, FACTS — the Fertility Appreciation Collaborative to Teach the Science — began under the support and guidance of the FMEC. Since then, FACTS has expanded with leaps and bounds to educate medical professionals and students around the world in fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs). Now, FACTS is preparing to launch into an exciting new phase as they incorporate as their own nonprofit in January 2023 — FACTS about Fertility! As FACTS begins this new phase, much of their offerings will remain the same, including their website, elective, online CME course, and more! The FMEC looks forward to ongoing collaboration with FACTS as they continue to share the best evidence available about FABMs with our healthcare colleagues. Learn more about FACTS at 

New FMEC Learning Collaborative

Hereditary Cancers in Women/Narrative Medicine: The FMEC will launch a new initiative on hereditary cancers in women based on the Bring Your Brave campaign and funded by the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors and the CDC. Designated faculty and residents from participating programs will be expected to participate in 4-6 virtual learning sessions in 2023 and experiment with campaign materials and other tools. In addition to education and tools, participants will receive a free FMEC’s partnership or residency fair booth as an incentive. A simple application process for your residency program to participate, with details, will be circulated soon. Contact Scott Allen at with questions.

Annual Meeting Updates

2022 Annual Meeting Wrap Up Report

Read about the 2022 Annual Meeting and see all the fun photos in the FMEC 2022 Annual Meeting Wrap Up Report, which is also posted on the FMEC website.

Thank you to all those who attended and presented.

Innovator’s Network recordings

Each year at the Annual Meeting, the FMEC’s Innovator’s Network features short talks showcasing how healthcare providers are investing time and energy in developing new tools and services to improve care and reduce cost. The 2022 Innovators Network featured talks on social determinants of health, genomic medicine, value-based care, investing in medically underserved areas, and more. The sessions were recorded and can be accessed from the FMEC Innovator’s Network webpage. These are other recordings are posted on the FMEC YouTube site.

Get ready for Providence, RI

Plan now to join the FMEC in Providence, Rhode Island for the 2023 Annual Meeting, to be held October 13-15, 2023. The meeting will be held at the Rhode Island Convention Center, (One Sabin Street, Providence, RI 02903-1814), and official meeting lodging will be at the Omni Providence and Graduate Providence hotels. Program proposal, award submission and registration deadlines for the FMEC 2023 Annual Meeting will be announced in November 2022. Faculty, residents, and students should be prepared to submit educational program proposals in December/January, as an early February 2023 deadline is anticipated. Learn more about Providence, RI in the official GoProvidence Guide. Read the full announcement at Family Medicine Education Consortium News

Virtual Education from the FMEC

Hot Topics in Family Medicine recordings are available

Started in 2020, the FMEC Hot Topics in Family Medicine webinar series highlights emerging and exciting topics in family medicine while also spotlighting residency programs and what makes them strong and unique. From August through October, the FMEC presented 13 sessions in partnership with residency programs at 9 health systems, on topics such as advocacy, obstetrics, HIV, collegiate health, gender medicine, dermatology and more. Nearly 250 medical students from across the country tuned into be inspired about family medicine and learn more about residency programs they may apply to. To view the recordings, visit FMEC Hot Topics in Family Medicine. If your program missed out, make sure to sign up to present a Hot Topics session next year.

DPC Summit On Demand

Whether you're starting to do research, or you already run an established direct primary care (DPC) practice, you'll find the expertise you need in the all-new DPC Summit On Demand, which is now available for just $350. The DPC Summit, founded in part by the FMEC, has been helping shape and grow the movement since 2015. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from DPC pioneers with years of real-world experience—and earn up to 23.25 CME credits. Sessions cover topics such as Parting Ways: How to Leave the System; DPC Start-up Tips; The DPC Patient Experience; and more. This is the first time DPC Summit has offered an on-demand product, so take advantage of this one-time pricing. No matter where you're at with your knowledge base, DPC Summit On Demand provides guidance and answers.

Navigate Student Loans: Help for Health Systems and Their Physicians

The FMEC has posted the recording of our webinar, Navigate Student Loans: Help for Health Systems and Their Physicians. We encourage all FMEC partners to view and share the content with others in your health system. The FMEC promotes Navigate’s services to its members and partners health systems because debt management is critical for family physicians and for those considering family medicine, and because we have been amazed by the stories of savings and debt elimination from those who work with Navigate. If your health system does not offer loan consultation for staff and as part of your recruitment efforts, which is so critical now given that nearly half of physician searches are unfilled, please consider working with Navigate. If you do offer such services, connect with Navigate to see how they might complement your in-house program, to give physicians and job candidates additional resources and help with placements and retention.

Opportunities for You

Health policy fellowship opportunity – respond by December 1, 2022

Graduating third-year residents or family physicians looking to dive deeper into health policy should consider the year-long Health Policy Research Fellowship, run by The George Washington University (GWU) Division of Family Medicine and the American Board of Family Medicine's Center for Professionalism & Value in Health Care. The Fellowship runs from August 2023-July 2024 and integrates research, health policy, and faculty development in order to develop future family medicine leaders. Fellows work with both the Center and GWU in Washington, DC to address health policy questions of interest through research, collaboration with local and national organizations, and practical externships at federal agencies, policy think tanks, or professional organizations. Clinical practice is continued throughout fellowship year at the GW Immediate & Primary Care clinics, and teaching opportunities are available at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The fellowship year culminates in the completion of a fellowship portfolio, which includes a practicum project for presentation and publication. For more information, visit CPV-GWU Health Policy Research Fellowship. Applications are due December 1, 2022.

Give us your input

Are you interested in speaking with staff at financial institutions who are dedicated to helping healthcare providers, including medical students and residents, to get housing loans with 0-10% down and no mortgage insurance? Get practice loans? Arrange equipment leasing? The FMEC has an opportunity to partner with expert financial advisors at a bank that specifically serves the eastern seaboard, to help physicians with these challenges. If you would be interested in a webinar, materials, or a personal consultation, please email Shayla Rammel at so we can assess interest among our readers.

FMEC Thanks Its Partners

Thanks to new and renewing partners!

On behalf of the FMEC Board of Trustees and the many medical students, residents and faculty who benefit from the FMEC’s programs and services, a hearty THANK YOU to the health systems who have recent renewed their FMEC partnership or joined as a new partner. These include:

  • Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center Family Medicine Residency
  • Heritage Valley Family Medicine Residency Program
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
  • Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
  • Middlesex Family Medicine
  • Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Department of Family & Social Medicine
  • Phelps Family Medicine Residency Program 
  • St. Luke’s University Health Network
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University 

The support of these FMEC partners is critical to the FMEC’s success.

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


October 13-15, 2023: FMEC 2023 Annual Meeting, Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI

January 26-29, 2023: STFM Conference on Medical Student Education, New Orleans, LA

February 22-25, 2023: ADFM Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA

February 23-25, 2023: FMEC Board of Trustees Meeting/2023 Host Committee Meeting, Providence, RI

March 3-5, 2023: AAFP Residency Leadership Summit, Kansas City, MO

March 29-April 2, 2023: ACOFP Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL

April 5-9, 2023: SNMA Annual Medical Education Conference, Hartford, CT

April 29-May 3, 2023: STFM Annual Spring Conference, Tampa, FL

May 9-11, 2023: AAFP Leadership Conference, Kansas City, MO

May 18-22, 2023: AAFP Chief Resident Leadership Development Program, Kansas City, MO

May 22-23, 2023: AAFP Family Medicine Advocacy Summit, Washington, DC

July 2023 TBD:  AAFP/ACOFP/DPA/FMEC Direct Primary Care Summit ,TBD

June 15-17, 2023: AMSA Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ

July 27-29, 2023: AAFP National Conference for Family Medicine Residents & Medical Students, Kansas City, MO

September 11-13, 2023: STFM Conference on Practice & Quality Improvement, St. Louis, MO

September 29 - October 1, 2023: Family Medicine Midwest Conference, NIU Conference Center, Naperville, IL

October 13-15, 2023: FMEC 2023 Annual Meeting, Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI

October 26-30, 2023: AAFP FMX, Chicago, IL

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