We are pleased to announce the election of four new officers and four new board members. The new officers elected at the American Board of Family Medicine’s (ABFM) spring board meeting in April are: Michael K. Magill, MD, of Salt Lake City, Utah as Chair; Lauren S. Hughes, MD, MPH, MSc, of Aurora, Colorado as Chair-Elect; Wendy Biggs, MD, of Saginaw, Michigan as Treasurer; and Daniel Spogen, MD, of Reno, Nevada as Member-at-Large of the Executive Committee.

The number of family medicine residents with more than $250,000 in self-reported educational debt increased by 81% over a 5-year period, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

Every year, more than 45,000 medical students graduate and start additional residency training that will determine their practice specialties. A formal Match helps students and programs choose each other and that process starts with an application process managed by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

Social determinants of health have greater influence on health than health care, yet Medicare and most other payers have held out on adjusting payments to better support clinicians’ capacity to address social needs. In 2014, the US Congress charged the Secretary of Health and Human Services with answering whether and how to accomplish this. And while a series of reports commissioned of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) recommended the need for such payment adjustments, the Secretary has not delivered a policy.

The ABFM research department, in partnership with the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Washington D.C., is launching a multi-year policy brief series on Examining Equity and Diversity in the Family Medicine Workforce to be featured in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (JABFM). The first policy brief is scheduled to be published in the November-December 2021 issue, with a series introduction to appear in the January-February 2022 issue.

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) “Draft Standards for Continuing Certification – Call for Comments”  is open through Thursday, July 8, 2021 @ 11:59pm CST. The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) encourages all Diplomates to participate.

High-quality primary care is the foundation of the health care system. It provides continuous, person-centered, relationship-based care that considers the needs and preferences of individuals, families, and communities.

Family physicians provide nearly 20% of all clinical outpatient visits, translating to 200 million visits in the U.S. annually.

The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is pleased to announce the launch of the redesigned MyABFM Portfolio.  MyABFM Portfolio (previously Physician Portfolio) is a new and improved website designed to provide a convenient, easy to navigate, personalized tool for Diplomates to track their progress with continuous certification, lifelong learning, and professional development in family medicine.

On behalf of ABFM, we are pleased to share the following news release from Annals of Internal Medicine featuring a recent article, Estimated Effect on Life Expectancy of Alleviating Primary Care Shortages in the United States, involving ABFM collaborators.