The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Conference on Medical Student Education (MSE) is an annual event that brings together a dedicated set of attendees to improve the teaching and mentoring skills and strengthen the professional networks of family medicine educators. Presentations at MSE are diverse in style, and include symposia and workshops on skill building, the sharing of curricular innovations, and research on medical education. For a number of years, the journal Teaching and Learning in Medicine (TLM) sporadically published a selection of the best research abstracts from MSE and its precursor, the Predoctoral Education Conference.1-7
Given the core mission of PRiMER to advance the scholarship of family medicine educational research,8 and the need more generally to advance and encourage the movement of abstracts to publication,9,10 we have arranged to pick up where TLM has left off. The best educational research abstracts had been selected for the 2015 and 2017 MSE conferences, and we are thrilled to present those alongside this editorial. These papers should be cited as shown in the reference list below.11,12 PRiMER is working with the MSE Committee to develop a new set of guidelines and a new process for abstract selection and the publication of these selected abstracts.