CERFCM Center for Education & Research in Family & Community Medicine

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Family Medicine programs are part of the Center for Education and Research in Family and Community Medicine (CERFCM) and include Stanford Family Medicine (the faculty clinical practice), predoctoral  courses and clerkships, O'Connor Family Medicine Residency Program, Primary Care Associate Program, and Stanford Geriatric Education Center. Faculty collaborate across disciplines to enrich the school's overall curriculum, patient care and research. CERFCM holds monthly conferences for all participants and publishes a quarterly newsletter.

2012 Yang Chiao Wang Awards Announced 

Yang Chiao Award
Erika Schillinger, MD, Kaye McClellan, Mark Cullen, MD, Sarah Jane Selig, Dinah Arumainayagum

In memory of Mrs. Yang Chiao Wang, this award is given to graduating medical students demonstrating extraordinary leadership and pursuing a career in Family Medicine. Mrs. Wang strongly believed in the unique care provided by Stanford's family physicians, and entrusted the health of several generations of her family to them. Her family's wish is that the brightest medical students be encouraged to take up this specialty, which is so important to the nation's health.

The Match 

Residency Match

Three cheers to three extraordinarily brilliant, creative, visionary and kind future Family Doctors who matched at O'Connor Family Medicine residency, and to Kathryn McClellan who matched at UCSF. All got their first choices of residency, and are thrilled.Congratulations to Sarah Jane Selig and Dinah Arumainayag

fmCASES now available for free CME 

Residency Match

fmCASES are now accredited by AAFP for 1.5 prescribed CME credits per case. The cases are fun, practical, state of the art, and an excellent opportunity for all preceptors to get free CME credits.

Preceptors who have a Stanford email address can self register to access fmCASES. Go to lane.stanford.edu; type in fmCASES in the search box, and go from there.

For those who do not have a SUNet ID, we can grant you access, using any email you want. Please contact Art Johnson at avjohn@stanford.edu to set this up. You can then log in and access the cases. Once they are completed you can self report for 1.5 credits per case to AAFP.

STFM honors Stanford student scholar, Sarah Jane Selig 

Sarah Jane Selig
Erika Schillinger, MD (front row, far left) and Sarah Jane Selig (2nd from left, back row)

Sarah Jane Selig was one of 5 students recognized by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine for her scholastic achievements. Others honored were Chandra Campbell, Loyola University; Rebecca Levine, University of Chicago; Colleen Loo-Gross, University of Kansas, Wichita; and Andrew Lutzkanin, Penn State University.

Medical student educators nominate prospective student scholars who demonstrate leadership, and commitment to family medicine and adhere to STFM's core values of integrity, a relationship-centered outlook, openness, nurturing, excellence, and learning. Student nominees are then invited to apply to the final round of the scholarship process in which a panel reviews their scholastic achievements and chooses the year's winners.

This year, STFM offered scholarships to five outstanding medical students. Scholarship winners are provided the opportunity to showcase their work to educators and fellow students at the Conference on Medical Student Education and receive free registration and a travel stipend to and from the conference.

The Conference on Medical Student Education is geared specifically to medical educators who shape and inspire the next generation to be competent, dedicated, and passionate physicians for the future. This conference also offers a unique blend of educators and students. There are teacher/student presentation teams that often provide an invaluable perspective of family medicine.

Global Health Elective Model Chosen for Oxford Handbook of Neuroethics

San Francisco November 22, 2011 – Global Health Ethics is once again in the forefront of discussion with the recently published Oxford Handbook of Neuroethics chapter emphasizing the relevance of biomedical, clinical and public health ethics within the global medical and academic community. Child Family Health International’s (CFHI) Evaleen Jones M.D., Jessica Evert M.D., Scott Loeliger M.D., and Steve Schmidbauer co-authored the chapter on the importance of establishing and sustaining an ethical framework for educational global health programs. With growing interest in global health experiences among the medical and academic community, there are genuine concerns regarding equity, justice, and sustainability within underserved communities.

Stanford Family Medicine's Evaleen Jones, M.D., is the President and Founder of Child Family Health International which she started in 1992. She is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine and the University of California , San Francisco Family Medicine Residency.

Dr. Sean David begins Institute of Medicine (IOM) Fellowship 

Sean David

On Monday, October 17th, 2011, Sean David started the James C. Puffer, M.D./American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM)/IOM Anniversary Fellowship. Sean had a week of orientation with the IOM, meeting with the Directors of the IOM Boards, Roundtables and Forums. Following is a link to a summary of the IOM Annual Meeting: (http://www.iom.edu/Activities/PublicHealth/AnnualMeeting/2011-OCT-17.aspx).

Smokers Wanted for Patient-Centered, Quit Smoking Study

If you have any patients, friends or relatives who wish to quit smoking over the holidays, please refer them to the Stanford Quit Smoking Program, which is a National Institutes of Health funded clinical trial offering free, patient-centered counseling and treatment with bupropion, nicotine replacement therapy and varenicline and is based in San Jose with easy access off Highway 101. If interested, please see the following link for more information: (http://med.stanford.edu/ism/2011/november/smoking.html) or contact a member of our Quit Smoking team at (877) 331-3352 or stopsmoking@stanford.edu.

Dr. Nancy Morioka-Douglas before the Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction 

Nancy Morioka-Douglas

The congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction has been charged with finding ways to decrease federal budget deficits by at least $1.2 trillion between fiscal 2012 and 2021. There is broad recognition among policy makers that savings in Medicare should be part of the solution.

On October 19, Health Affairs, along with co-sponsors the ABIM Foundation, the California HealthCare Foundation and the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making, convened a meeting in Washington DC for healthy policy makers to present ideas endorsed by leading physicians for Saving Money and Improving Patient Care in Medicare. Dr. Nancy Morioka-Douglas was one of the speakers along with Dr. Steven E. Weinberger, the CEO of the American College of Physicians, Dr. Robert Berenson, formerly in charge of Medicare payment policy and managed care contracting in the Health Care Financing Administration (now the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.), and others.

Progress Primary Care

Join us at the Stanford Primary Care Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, October 18, featuring Family Medicine faculty, Dr. Joe Hopkins and Dr. Erika Schillinger, along with Stanford medical school alumnus and current O’Connor Hospital Family Medicine resident, Dr. Steven Lin.  This event is sponsored by the Stanford branch of Primary Care Progress, a grassroots community working together to promote primary care and transform how it's delivered. Our network includes students, trainees, clinicians, patients and other health advocates. 

2012 Yang Chiao Wang Award in Family Medicine

Amount of Award:  $10,000 to be divided among the awardees.
Deadline:  Submit your nominations to Art Johnson (avjohn@stanford.edu) by January 13, 2012

Background and Purpose:
In memory of Mrs. Yang Chiao Wang, this award is to be given to graduating medical students demonstrating extraordinary leadership and pursuing a career in Family Medicine.  Mrs. Wang strongly believed in the unique care provided by Stanford's family physicians, and entrusted the health of several generations of her family to them.  Her family's wish is that the brightest medical students be encouraged to take up this specialty, which is so important to the nation's health.

Who is Eligible?  Graduating Stanford medical students.  Applicants must have declared Family Medicine as their specialty.


An innovative program training future leaders in medical education

The O’Connor-Stanford “Leaders in Education” Residency (OSLER) Pathway is a unique opportunity for Family Medicine residents at O’Connor Hospital to develop the many skills necessary to become leaders in medical education. By teaching alongside master clinician educators at Stanford School of Medicine, OSLER residents complete the basic elements of a full faculty development fellowship by the end of 3 years in residency. Graduates are poised to excel as academic clinician educators, efficient administrators, effective leaders, and successful change agents.

Preterm Birth Linked With Increased Risk of Death in Young Adulthood

Clinicians have known that individuals who are born preterm—after less than 37 weeks of gestation—are more likely to die in early childhood, but less is known about the long-term health effects of preterm birth. New findings appearing today in JAMA have found that although the increased risk of death associated with preterm birth disappears in older childhood, it reappears in young adults, after age 18 years.

Lead author Casey Crump, MD, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine, comments on his team’s findings:  “Early mortality and morbidity for those born preterm has been extremely well-known, and previous evidence suggests that once you survived that period, you did relatively well in late childhood and adolescence. So it appeared the risk waned over time. Our research showed for the first time that the risk does not wane, with increased mortality in young adulthood being associated with preterm birth.”

Sean P. David named James C. Puffer, M.D./American Board of Family Medicine at the Institute of Medicine

The Institute of Medicine has selected Sean P. David, MD, D. Phil., Clinical Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine, as the 2011-2013 James C. Puffer, M.D./American Board of Family Medicine Fellow at the Institute of Medicine. David was selected from an outstanding group of nominees because of his accomplishments in family medicine, and specifically his work on smoking cessation and health promotion.

As a Puffer/ABFM/IOM Anniversary Fellow, David will work with eminent researchers, policy experts, and clinicians from across the country as they collaborate on initiatives convened by the IOM to provide nonpartisan, evidence-based guidance to national, state, and local policymakers, academic leaders, health care administrators, and the public.

Stanford expands effort to teach teenagers to help family members with diabetes, obesity

A new $50,000 grant from the charity Goldman Sachs Gives will enable community health researchers at the Stanford Center for Education and Research in Family and Community Medicine to expand their work in obesity and diabetes prevention and education among underserved local high school students.
The outreach program is spearheaded by Nancy Morioka-Douglas, MD,MPH, Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Stanford, who has extensive experience teaching health education classes to high school students in East Palo Alto. In the course of her work, she noted that nearly all the students had family members with diabetes and were interested in learning more about the disease.
“I found the combination of coaching, science, and preventive medicine to be inspiring,” said Marty Chavez, the Goldman Sachs managing director who organized the recommendations to Goldman Sachs Gives.  “We hope this gift will allow Dr. Morioka-Douglas and her team to expand the program and continue to educate students.”

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