John Saultz, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Family Medicine, has been elected the 2012 president-elect of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM). He will serve as president-elect for one year and will become the organization's 41st president in April 2013.
The Society was founded in 1967 to respond to the needs of family medicine educators in the early days of the specialty. It has since grown to a membership of nearly 5,000 teachers of family medicine including medical school professors, community medical educators, residency program faculty, and residency program directors.
Dr. Saultz has been an active member of STFM since 1983.
"STFM is my extended professional family," Dr. Saultz wrote in his position statement. "Its members include my mentors, my friends, and increasingly my former students. I have benefited immeasurably from being an STFM member. "
The association is facing challenges however. The greatest, said Dr. Saultz, will be meeting the demand for a primary-care workforce and maintaining the quality of that workforce.
"We cannot afford to sacrifice one of these goals to attain the other," he wrote. "Communities and health systems want more graduates and they often understand little about what it takes to produce competent generalist physicians. We must advocate for quality, and we must build the skills of the nation's faculty members to measure and improve both clinical and educational quality."
Dr. Saultz said he is committed to building on STFM's traditional of teaching excellence by focusing on educational research and scholarship.
"Building scholarly capacity will be a central theme of our meetings and we will build closer relationships with family medicine's research community," he said. "There is much work to be done. I can think of nothing better to do with my time than to work on these things."