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 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.
Racial and ethnic minority physicians are more likely to practice primary care in impoverished areas and in regions experiencing shortages. The Association of American Medical Colleges has worked for several years to improve access to primary care for underserved populations.
Researchers from the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) aggregated racial and ethnic demographic data provided by family physicians and found that efforts to increase diversity among the physician workforce seems to have been effective for some racial and ethnic groups but not all.
A recent study by researchers at the American Board of Family Medicine found Practice Transformation Networks (PTNs) enrolled a higher proportion of rural family medicine practices than are represented across the general workforce.
We are pleased to announce the examination option Longitudinal Assessment Pilot has been approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties' Committee on Continuing Certification. All family physicians who are in their 10th year of their certification cycle in 2019 and in good standing with continuing certification will be eligible for the pilot.
Eligible Diplomates will be able to sign-up for the pilot beginning December 7, 2018. The last day to begin a new application for FMCLA is March 1, 2019. More details will be available soon.
The ABFM is pleased to provide you access to the October issue of The Phoenixnewsletter. This shorter newsletter is emailed to all Diplomates four times per year (we no longer deliver copies via US Mail). To view the online version, click here. You may have interest in the following pieces included with this newsletter: