May 2019

There are a myriad number of measures in the field that attempt to assess aspects of primary care, but a recently developed and tested measure breaks new ground by combining experiences of patients, clinicians, and payers and allowing the most informed reporter--the patient--to weigh in on vital primary care functions that are often missed. Researchers asked crowd-sourced samples of 412 patients, 525 primary care clinicians, and 85 health care payers to describe what provides value in primary care.

The number of family physicians practicing maternity care has been declining over the past 20 years, with only 8% currently including deliveries in their practice. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has projected a growing shortage in the obstetric workforce.
Recent data shows a significant increase in the proportion of family physicians working primarily in rural emergency departments and an increasing number of family physicians working in urgent care centers.

April 2019

The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is please to announce the selection of Andrew Bazemore, MD, MPH as its new Senior Vice President of Research and Policy beginning June 17, 2019. As Senior Vice President of Research and Policy, Dr. Bazemore's areas of focus will include leading the next phase of development of the ABFM research enterprise, co-leading ABFM's Center for Professionalism and Value in Health Care and coordinating and developing ABFM career development activities for ABFM Scholars, Pisacano Scholars and Puffer Fellows. In addition, he will help in developing and implementing national strategy to engage clinically integrated health systems on behalf of the family physicians they employ.
Andrew Bazemore, MD, MPH

March 2019

We are pleased to report that the final report of the Vision Commission has been published [PDF 655 KB]. This blue-ribbon report has provided recommendations, based on broad input, for the future of Continuing Certification.

February 2019

The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is pleased to announce the election of Jennifer DeVoe, M.D., D.Phil, to The Institute of Medicine (IOM).  Dr. DeVoe is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at Oregon Health Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon and was previously selected as the IOM’s 2012-2014 Puffer/American Board of Family Medicine Fellow.  The 70 new IOM members and 10 foreign associates were named during its 44th annual meeting this month.