Ongoing research from the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) focusing on scope of practice for family physicians has produced a new article based on qualitative data about the challenges faced by family medicine residency graduates who were trained in maternity care and sought jobs that allowed them to include this in their practice.

The number of family physicians providing endoscopic services is significantly declining, according to a recent study. Researchers obtained data from physicians registering for the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Family Medicine Certification Examination between 2014 and 2016. While rural family physicians performed these services more commonly than urban family physicians, the percentage of family physicians providing flexible sigmoidoscopies and endoscopies declined by almost half.

Family physicians training in the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center in Lawrence, Massachusetts recently sought to better understand the geography, or “hot-spots” of their patients with food insecurity.

Family physicians with rural exposure during residency training or who graduate from stand-alone, community-based residency programs are more likely to provide broad scope care associated with better outcomes according to a recent study published in Academic Medicine. The study also finds that family physicians practicing in the Midwest and West provide broader scope than those practicing in the South and Northeast.

Thanks to a successful initial pilot year of FMCLA, we are pleased to announce that the pilot will be expanded in 2020. Family physicians who are currently certified and have their 10-year examination requirement due before December 31, 2020 will have the option to begin participating in the first quarter of 2020.

The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is pleased to announce the election of four new officers and three new board members.

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.
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