Newsletter Winter 2012
A Message from the President
Since its inception in 1969, the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) has been a leading innovator within the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). It was the first ABMS board to issue time-limited certificates and to require periodic recertification. It was also the first board to develop mandatory continuing medical education requirements. Among its many other ‘firsts’ were the use of a computerized office record review to assay the quality of care delivered by Diplomates, the use of criterion-based passing standards for its exams, and the use of simulation to assess Diplomates’ ability to manage clinical encounters. These innovations did not happen by accident, but rather were the result of strategic investments made by the ABFM to further advance the validity of the certificates that it issues to boardcertified family physicians. More...
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