Program sponsored REsearch in family Medicine Inland Empire Residencies
The 2023 PREMIER Conference will be held on Thursday, June 15 in Riverside, CA.
Learn more under the News & Updates tab below.
PREMIER Conference 
Date: Thursday, June 15, 2023 
Time: 8:30 am-5:00 pm
Location: Life Arts Center in Riverside 
Address: 3485 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92501


PREMIER (Program sponsored REsearch in family Medicine Inland Empire Residencies) is a regional learning collaborative comprised of Family Medicine Residency Programs in the two-county region of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Our mission is to collaborate, promote, and celebrate resident scholarly activity and provide opportunities to share resources including educational faculty development and community engagement.  

PREMIER seeks to highlight innovation within residency programs and provide a platform for sharing ideas, faculty expertise, and resident learning opportunities. It allows for broader inter-residency collaboration by focusing on research projects and outcomes important to our local communities and patient populations. 

PREMIER’s signature event is our regional research competition which has taken place for more than 20 years. Held annually in early June, it includes educational faculty development (for CME) and a research competition, which includes both posters and oral presentations, along with case reports and research projects. Formal judging by participating residency faculty from the programs allows for PREMIER to highlight the best scholarly activity within our region, along with distributing cash prizes.


As an expansion of the research competition, there is now faculty development available the morning of the research competition. This allows program directors, associate program directors, and core teaching faculty to qualify for CME and learn best practices in education and teaching.

Inland Empire Family Medicine Residency Programs



Membership is open to any family medicine residency program from the Inland Empire area of California. Dues are collected on an annual basis and are $750 per year, paid to the CAFP Foundation. Membership dues allow residency programs to participate in the research competition.

The competition is hosted and organized by the Loma Linda University Health Education Consortium Residency Program.



  1. Programs are invited to submit 2 posters and 2 oral presentations in the competition.
    1. All submission forms should be completed no later than MAY 30, 2023.
    2. Submissions must include all of the following information: 
        • Oral research
        • Oral case report
        • Poster
          • Title
          • Affiliation


  2. Programs should assign one person to serve as a judge in the competition. 
    1. If you are an author on a submission, you may not be a judge in the competition.
    2. Judges should bring their phones to scan a QR code to receive all the online evaluations for the posters and the presentations. On June 9th, judges will complete poster evaluations between 12:00-1:30 PM while lunch is served.
    3. Judges must attend the duration of the competition in case there is a tie.


  3. Case report posters will be judged alongside all other poster presentations as equal competitors.
    1. Oral case reports will have a special designation and a different evaluation metric than the oral research presentations.


  4. Cash prize amounts and numbers of prizes will be determined by number of submissions in each category; and, by donation amounts by PREMIER consortium members and the Riverside/San Bernardino County Chapter of CAFP.


  5. Resident presenters and judges’ schedules should be adjusted for attendance at the PREMIER competition.

News & Updates

PREMIER Conference 2023
Date: Thursday, June 15, 2023
Location: Life Arts Center in Riverside
Address: 3485 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92501


8:30 - 9:00 AM           Check-in & Breakfast
9:00 - 11:00 AM          Faculty Development (2 lectures – see below)
11:00 - 12:00 PM        Faculty Round Table & Resident Poster Hanging
12:00 - 1:30 PM          Lunch & Poster Judging
1:30 - 4:00 PM            Oral Presentation (case reports and research)
4:00 - 5:00 PM           Awards + Wrap-up

Faculty Development CME

9:00 - 10:00 AM Adult Learning Principles: Application to Medical Students and Residents
Asma Jafri, MD, FAAFP, MACM, Assistant Professor, UC Riverside Family Medicine Residency Program Director


  • Define principles of adult learning with supporting cognitive, experiential, and social theories.
  • Describe major styles of learning in adults in medical training.
  • Develop strategies to enhance double-loop learning and deeper levels of learning.
  • Integrate skills of promoting motivation, metacognition, critical reflection, and self-directed learning among different levels of learners.
  • Recognize the teacher’s role in creating the optimal environment for learning.


10:00 - 11:00 AM How to Improve Family Medicine Residency In-Training Exam Scores
Mary Hanna, MD, FAAFP, Assistant Professor, Loma Linda University Health Core Faculty


  • Define the In Training Exam
  • Review the value of the In Training Exam? 
  • Highlight the effect of In Training Exam on the board exam 
  • Learn the outcome from the studies and the evidence available. 
  • Identify strategies to improve the ITE score

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