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March | 2023

Congratulations on Match Day!

The FMEC is celebrating Match 2023 with you! As FMEC members know, we work hard to promote family medicine to medical students, and give family medicine residency programs exposure. Our 2022 Annual Meeting Residency Fair had over 300 students meeting with 89 residency programs! And last year, over 500 students registered for our 13 Hot Topics webinars, through which residency programs could introduce themselves and highlight what makes family medicine exciting and rewarding.

The FMEC could not do what we do to promote family medicine and give students and residency programs these opportunities without your support. Donate today to support student scholarships at the FMEC 2023 Annual Meeting.

From the FMEC Board

A productive and fun time in Providence, RI

The FMEC Board of Trustees met February 23-25, 2023, at the Graduate Hotel in Providence, RI.

Agenda items included expanding access to the FMEC for medical students interested in family medicine, both through scholarships to the Annual Meeting and virtual events; strengthening connections with the 200+ family medicine residency programs in our 14-state region (more than half of which are active with the FMEC already); and increasing FMEC’s mentorship and support of key groups including emerging leaders, new faculty, residency programs that are new or in development, physicians and trainees of color, medical professionals seeking publishing and editing experience, and others. The board also continued to plan new programs to help residencies meet ACGME requirements, including the development of new learning collaboratives. In addition to conducting business, they toured the Rhode Island Convention Center and can’t wait to welcome family physicians and students to Providence in October!

Join us in Providence, October 13-15, 2023!

Annual Meeting Updates

The 2023 Annual Meeting will be held at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI from October 13-15, 2023. Learn more about Providence, RI in the official GoProvidence Guide. Read the full announcement at Family Medicine Education Consortium News

Plan now for an expanded preconference schedule

The FMEC Annual Meeting typically offers preconferences on Friday morning, and the full agenda kicks off at 1pm on Friday. Some preconferences at the FMEC 2023 Annual Meeting will start earlier than usual, including the afternoon of Thursday, October 12, so make your travel plans now. The schedule will be finalized soon, but the FMEC hopes to offer preconferences on the following topics and initiatives: ALSO Instructor Course; Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS); diversity and inclusion; support and networking for new (under 5 years) and emerging residency programs; meeting your ACGME learning collaborative requirement; FACTS; and the IMPLICIT Network Meeting.

Plan now to arrive Thursday morning and spend an extra night in the fun city of Providence, RI!

Record number of proposals are submitted!

The FMEC received 320 proposals for sessions by its deadline in mid-February, compared to about 270 in 2022. Most submissions come from the FMEC’s 14-state region in the northeast, and once again family physicians from Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio led submissions with over 200 total. New England states submitted a combined 78 sessions, compared to 24 in 2022. We share your excitement for the meeting and look forward to welcoming all the new and returning presenters! For information on the specific types of presentations, please see the FMEC 2023 Annual Meeting Session Overview.


Host Committee is ready to welcome you to New England

The 2023 Annual Meeting Host Committee is hard at work planning the theme and plenary speakers and raising funds to make the meeting the most successful ever! The FMEC is grateful to the 15 institutions (see list below) who are being represented by over 30 individuals on the Host Committee.

Host Committee Institutions: Boston Medical Center Department of Family Medicine; Brown University; Central Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency; Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program ; Eastern Connecticut Health Network; Greater Lawrence Family Health Center; Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency; Middlesex Health Family Medicine; Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency; Portsmouth Regional Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program; Stamford Hospital-Columbia University Family Medicine Residency Program; Tufts University Family Medicine Residency at Cambridge Health Alliance; UMass Chan Medical School ; University of Connecticut School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program; and the University of Vermont Medical Center Dept of Family Medicine.


Watch for registration to open

The FMEC expect to open registration for the 2023 Residency Fair on or about April 19, and general registration the week of May 1. Watch your email for more information!

Help us plan now for special events and gatherings

Is your department, chapter or other group interested in holding an ancillary event, such as a social gathering or business meeting, for your members, faculty or alumni, during the FMEC 2023 Annual Meeting? Please let the FMEC know if this is something you might be interested in by connecting with Lisa Schwieterman at Please provide us with and idea of what you might want to do, and a contact for communication going forward, and we will be in touch later this spring with information on how to proceed.

FMEC awards submissions to open next week

The FMEC is proud to support leaders in the family medicine community through our annual awards competition. We seek nominations for awards that recognize leadership and accomplishment in the field, and also submissions of creative works.

Award categories are below. Watch for an email next week announcing the awards program and visit the FMEC awards webpage for more information on the criteria and submission processes.

* Family Physicians Changing Our World * Mid-Career Faculty Achievement

* Emerging Leader * This We Believe * Creative Writing

* Family Medicine through the Visual Arts.

Virtual Education from the FMEC

Join the FMEC for a lunch-and-learn webinar

For the full schedule and links to recordings and handouts, visit FMEC 2022 Annual Meeting Virtual Seminar Sampler. Please note you must register to participate in upcoming webinars. All sessions are 12:30pm-1:30pm Eastern.

Coming up next:

Tuesday, April 4, 2023, Osteopathic Recognition Milestones 2.0: New and Improved, Link to register

Tuesday, April 18, 2023, Gun Violence and Its Impact on Individuals, Family, and Community, Link to register

Tuesday, May 9, 2023, Adolescent Medicine Update, Link to register

Tuesday, May 23, 2023, Clinical Reasoning: Don’t Be Indifferent About Your Differential, Link to register

Thursday, June 8, 2023, Common Pediatric Rashes from a Black Lives Matter Perspective, Link to register

Thursday, June 15, 2023, 17 plus 1: Why is Professionalism Mentioned So Often in ACGME Requirements and How Do You Teach It?, Link to register


Recorded for you to watch now:

Family Medicine Pathways to Health Policy: a Conversation with Former (Recording, Slides)

Too Many Pills! How to Choose the Right Oral Contraceptive (Recording, Slides)

Humanizing the Healthcare System and Dissecting the Complex: Family Physicians as Leaders (Recording, Slides)

The Five Myths of the “Against Medical Advice” (AMA) Hospital Discharge (Recording, Slides)

FMEC Initiative Updates

Help lead our integrative health project

From 2020-2022, the FMEC convened 17 clinics and training programs for an integrative health learning community. In 2023, thanks to the generous support of the Samueli Foundation, the FMEC will continue this important work, increasing access to integrative health education via FMEC webinars, Annual Meeting programs, learning collaboratives, and more. We need your leadership to make this program strong! Many faculty in the FMEC region are currently teaching or developing curricula for IH training – please share your expertise with us. If you are interested in speaking or serving on a leadership group for the FMEC’s efforts, please contact Rebecca Bouck at

Attend the Direct Primary Care Summit in June

Whether you’re just starting out or looking to expand the scope of your direct primary care (DPC) practice, you’ll find the expertise you need to level up at DPC Summit, June 15–18, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The event will help you discover the range of DPC options available in defining a DPC practice, network with other DPC enthusiasts, and connect with expert vendors who offer the patient-centered solutions you need. Registration is open.


The IMPLICIT project will hold its spring meeting in-person in Philadelphia, PA at the Inn at Penn on Friday, March 24, 2023, from 8:45am to 4pm. Register IMPLICIT 2023 Spring Meeting Registration.

A Zoom option is available. IMPLICIT teams are also participating in the March of Dimes March for Babies in April in both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia! For more information, visit the March for Babies website. IMPLICIT and the FMEC are also promoting Black Maternal Health Week, which is April 11-17, 2023. For more information, visit the Black Mamas Matter Alliance

Opportunities for You

Nominate colleagues and faculty for AAFP medical education awards

Show the country that the best family medicine educators are in the northeast U.S. by nominating a colleague or faculty for the AAFP’s Thomas W. Johnson Award for Career Contributions to Family Medicine Education and the Exemplary Teaching Awards. Nominations are open until March 24. The Johnson Award is presented annually to an AAFP member who has made outstanding contributions to education for family medicine in undergraduate, graduate and continuing education spheres. The AAFP Exemplary Teaching Awards acknowledge AAFP members who deserve recognition for excellence in teaching, as well as individuals who have implemented outstanding educational programs and/or developed innovative teaching models.

Andrew Weil Center offers complimentary summit registration for FMEC

The Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine is holding its virtual Integrative Medicine Summit 2023: Translating Science into Clinical Practice on Friday, April 28, 2023, from 8am to 5pm Pacific Time. This virtual event will explore some of integrative health's hottest topics, including mental health, novel approaches to gut health, and new paradigms in healthcare. FMEC members can use the code FMEC to register for free, thanks to the Weil Center’s partnership with the FMEC (complimentary registration does not include CME credit). For more information, visit IMS2023 Integrative Medicine Summit.

Pulse writing contest deadline is March 31

Pulse–voices from the heart of medicine is sponsoring a writing contest, thanks to the support of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. The theme of this contest is “On Being Different.” The submission deadline is March 31, 2023. For more information, see Pulse Writing Contest.

From the Field

FMEC leader is STFM President-elect

Congratulations to Dr. Joseph W. Gravel, Jr., on being named STFM 2023-2024 President-Elect. Dr. Gravel is a long-time FMEC supporter and served on our Board for many years. He left the northeast to serve as professor and chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, but continues to be active with the FMEC which we appreciate! Congratulations, Joe!

Applications open for Maine Arts and Humanities in Medicine graduate certificate program

The Maine Arts and Humanities in Medicine graduate certificate program at the University of Maine is now accepting applications for fall 2023. The program brings together arts and humanities graduate students with medical practitioners to explore approaches to health and well-being. The 15-credit certificate, designed to be completed in a year, focuses on the role and function of arts and humanities in helping support and promote well-being for health care providers and, indirectly, their patients. The Graduate Certificate in Arts and Humanities in Medicine is a concentration in UMaine Intermedia Programs and supported by the university’s Institute of Medicine. More information is on the Maine Arts and Humanities in Medicine website.

Recognizing Women’s History Month

Since 1987, the country has celebrated March is Women’s History Month. Government proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the US and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields. Read about 10 women medical pioneers, courtesy of our friends at the American Association of Medical Colleges.

FMEC Thanks Its Partners

Thanks to new and renewing partners!

A hearty THANK YOU to the health systems who have recently renewed their FMEC partnerships or joined as new partners. The support of these FMEC partners is critical to the FMEC’s success.

  • WellSpan Health
  • Highland Family Medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center
  • PennState Health


Become a partner or member today

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. 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. 

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

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

June 15-18, 2023: DPC Summit, Minneapolis, MN

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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