The Finest Example

By: Susan Cochella, MD, MPH Footprints of an Inspired Leader Sonja Van Hala is stepping down as our Residency Program Director, leaving us better for her time in the role. While she isn’t perfect, she was effective in some unique ways. What insights can we glean from her unique brand of effectiveness? Respect is a … Continue reading The Finest Example

Vulnerability in Leadership

  By Sonja Van Hala, MD, MPH, FAAFP I was young and inexperienced, and knew it, but also had a sense of adventure. I don’t think I knew what it meant to serve as residency program director. I was only a few years out of residency. And I definitely didn’t know how to supervise faculty, … Continue reading Vulnerability in Leadership

Being a Family Doctor is a lot like Being a General Contractor

By Erika Sullivan, MD Being a family doctor is a lot like being a general contractor: you’ve got to know about all the systems that make a home or a building operational and then coordinate the necessary professionals to get the job of building or renovating the home done on budget and in a timely … Continue reading Being a Family Doctor is a lot like Being a General Contractor

Supporting Leaders: What Family Medicine needs now

By Susan Cochella, MD, MPH I just returned from a conference of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) focused on medical student educators, where I again heard a familiar message: Family Medicine needs to lead.  If you are involved with academic Family Medicine you have likely heard this message many times over the … Continue reading Supporting Leaders: What Family Medicine needs now

STFM Emerging Leaders Fellowship and Learning to Transition Gracefully

 by Katherine Hastings The first time I heard about the STFM Emerging Leaders Fellowship was while I was struggling to write a letter of intent for my application for a position with the University of Utah. I was trying to explain why they should invite me to join their faculty group fresh out of residency. I … Continue reading STFM Emerging Leaders Fellowship and Learning to Transition Gracefully