Workshops and Procedures

Programming Focus Areas

Family Medicine: The people, the skills, and the scope to transform tomorrow

Each year, a portion of National Conference programming is dedicated to a special theme. In 2014, attention focused on health care transformation - associated topics and issues as they relate to family medicine and the role family physicians will have in shaping change.

National Conference offers quality learning opportunities to prepare you for your future in family medicine. The following is a breakdown of the six focus areas of conference programming.

Career Planning

It’s never too soon to begin planning for the future, whether that is selecting a residency, exploring career options and fellowships, handling financial matters, or negotiating your first employment agreement. Several sessions are available to help you with this process.

Clinical Skills

Enhance your clinical skills, such as monitoring heart sounds, learning procedures in family medicine, and how to manage chronic pain, in addition to a wide range of additional workshop topics.

Health Policy and Advocacy

Learn about policy development, lobbying, and helping patients navigate the health care system.

Leadership Development

Participate in truly interactive leadership exercises through the National Congress of Family Medicine Residents (NCFMR) and the National Congress of Student Members (NCSM).

Practice Management

Expand your knowledge of the effective operation of a practice, such as practice models, working with interdisciplinary teams, and learning skills to be a successful physician in today's practice environment.


Sessions in this area are designed to stimulate interest in pursuing research and other scholarly activities.

Musculoskeletal Clinics

Learn about basic anatomy and mechanism of injury, epidemiology, and diagnosis and prevention of common injuries. Benefit from demonstrations of joint examinations, physical therapy strategies, and training aids.

70-minute lecture followed by 20-minute hands-on practice.

Procedural Skills Courses

Gain hands-on experience by performing procedures regularly conducted in a family medicine practice, such as joint injections, women’s health procedures, and suturing techniques.

Resident Programming

Thinking beyond residency? This programming is specifically designed to be of specific interest to residents, including those preparing to transition into practice. Workshop topics include exploration of career options, evaluating and negotiating employment agreements, fellowships, financial information, and tips for easing into practice.

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Thursday, August 7 - Saturday, August 9, 2014

Kansas City Convention Center

Kansas City, MO

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