Instructions for Authors for Just-in-Time Curriculum Submissions

Just-in-Time Teaching allows for abbreviated educational teaching in a variety of settings, such as on inpatient rounds, in the ambulatory center, or when there is a break in the schedule. Curriculum should be designed to integrate into any educational setting, as needed.

The Just-in-Time Teaching topics are intended to augment or reinforce the information in the full-curriculum sessions. Authors can create just-in-time teaching at the same time they complete a full topic or they can contribute a Just in Time Teaching curriculum independent of the full topic.

  • Targeted length: 15-20 minutes
  • Format: brief case presentation; 5-10 slides including title slide and references
  • Peer-review process: Proposals will be reviewed by the associate editor assigned that topic area. Submission authors will be notified by email within 2 months. 

Your submission should be an outline of the proposed learning session. If the outline is accepted, you will then design the full learning session following the principles described here. Indicators of a quality proposal are described in this scoring rubric

Accepted curriculum will be copyrighted and become the property of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) and the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (AFMRD). Authors retain the right to modify and or/use the content within their program(s), but may not sell the curriculum or publish it on a website or academic resource.

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Our goal is to offer high quality, evidence based, interactive learning sessions, rather than didactic lectures. Learners retain more when actively engaged. Check out The Brain Rules by John Medina. Pay close attention to the timing requirements to retain memory.

Submit Your Proposal

Preparing Your Curriculum After Accepted Proposal

  • Use one of the PowerPoint templates, Standard or Widescreen. Do not change the fonts or type in all capital letters.
  • Make the slides lean on text, illustrative, and have them present key points and evidence without overwhelming learners
  • Use 5-10 slides, including the title slide and the slide(s) with references/citations in AMA format
  • Cite all references in the space provided in the lower right-hand corner of the slides. The citation should include the author's last name and the year of publication. Please cite judiciously, as you would if you were writing a journal article. Include the full list of references/citations—in AMA format—on the last slide(s).
  • Content must be your own or used with written permission of the original owner. For any photos, illustrations, tables, or graphs that you don't own (you didn't create, purchase or receive as a gift), you’ll need to submit documentation (often an intellectual property permissions form) from the owner granting you permission to use the content. “Acknowledging the source of the copyrighted material does not substitute for obtaining permission” (U.S. Copyright Office).
  • Review this checklist before submitting your curriculum to your editor.
  • After your final presentation is accepted, cite your work as follows: 
    Author last name, first initial. Presentation Title. STFM and AFMRD Family Medicine Residency Curriculum Resource. Year.