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The inspiration for the structure of this session, "Family Medicine for America's Health: Educational Imperative to 'Right the Inverted Triangle,'" came from a message that John Saultz, MD, had made on the Chairs' listserve regarding factors influencing student interest in Family Medicine and whether a Department of Family Medicine has any control over these factors. See John's message below in the "contemporary views of opinion leaders" section.

The Education Transformation Committee has gathered a series of resources for this session; these are included below. 


This tool (link in title) was developed by Stan Kozakowski and Ashley Bentley in the AAFP Medical Education division specifically for this meeting.

The tool is most useful if completed collaboratively with other members of your department to get the full perspective of the department. Note that the tool is mostly a check yes/no assessment, so although it looks long, it should be fairly quick to complete!

We are not gathering the results of this assessment across departments, but we hope that completing this assessment in advance of the Educational Imperative session will give you additional ideas and insight to bring to that session.

One-pager of themes from the microblog discussion
*Disclaimer: this is not meant to be a list of all things that are important re:student specialty interest, it is solely a summary of the microblog conversation during the session.

Transcript from the conversation on the microblog happening simultaneous to the presentations

Word cloud of themes from the microblog conversation

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS (from breakfast table follow-up)

Summary of small group discussions, themes, and ideas

Contemporary views of "Opinion Leaders"

We asked a series of "opinion leaders" around student interest in Family Medicine to summarize, in 200 words or less, their contemporary views on the most important interventions departments can make to increase percentage and numbers of medical students choosing our discipline.

Click the name of the "opinion leader" below whose view you would like to read! (or click the name again to hide the text)

John Saultz, MD; Chair, Department of Family Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University

Bob Phillips, MD, MPH; Vice President of Research and Policy, American Board of Family Medicine

Josh Freeman, MD; Chair, Department of Family Medicine, University of Kansas

Alan David, MD; Chair, Department of Family & Community Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin

Linda N Meurer, MD, MPH; Professor, Family and Community Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin

Michael Rosenthal, MD; Chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Christiana Care Health System

Doug Campos-Outcault, MD, MPA; Chair, Department of Family, Community and Preventative Medicine, University of Arizona, Phoenix Campus

Jack Colwill, MD; Professor Emeritus and Former Chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Missouri

Jeannette South-Paul, MD; Chair, Department of Family Medicine, University of Pittsburgh

Annotated bibliography of factors influencing student specialty choice

Factors Impacting Specialty Choice

Below are links to a set of annotated bibliographies of literature published on various factors impacting specialty choice put together by members of the ADFM Education Transformation Committee.

Please click on the topics below to access the annotated bibliography in that area:

"Best Practice" Submissions

We asked those who submitted a best practice to give a brief description of their best practice/lesson learned around student interest, referencing how it fits into the list of controllable/indirectly influenceable factors provided by John Saultz, MD (see the list under the "opinion leaders" section above) and what data they had to support the best practice/lesson.

Click the name of the person and institution below whose best practice you would like to read about! (or click the name again to hide the text)

Macaran Baird, MD, MS, University of Minnesota


Lee Green, MD, MPH, University of Alberta


Steven Crossman, MD, Virginia Commonwealth University


Daniel Spogen, MD, University of Nevada - Reno


Dana King, MD, West Virginia University


Montgomery Douglas, MD, New York Medical College


Mark Stephens, MD, Uniformed Services University


Ann Skelton, MD, Maine Medical Center



AAFP Student Interest Influencer Portfolio

ABFM "Why Should I See a Family Doctor?" video

Health is Primary campaign launch video, "Follow us to where health is primary" 

Strategies to Incorporate Students into Outpatient Offices (from the STFM Medical Student Education Committee)

The Four Pillars for Primary Care Physician Workforce Reform: A Blueprint for Future Activity 

ADFM Interprofessional Education resources page (webinar and follow up)

Report from the PCPCC Education & Training Task Force, Progress and Promise: Profiles in Interprofessional Health Training to Deliver Patient-Centered Primary Carewhich highlights how seven interprofessional health programs from California, Illinois, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia train a variety of health care professionals to work together as teams in patient-centered medical homes. 

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