JABFM Releases Special 50th Anniversary Issue
The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM), founded in 1969, commemorated its 50th anniversary in 2019 by hosting a celebration and symposium in Lexington, Kentucky. Attendees and speakers at the symposium included present and past ABFM board members, leaders from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and its member boards, and other organizations such as the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The purpose of the symposium was to initiate a dialogue around key components of the future of board certification. The discussions and presentations first presented at the symposium catalyzed a Special 50th Anniversary Issue of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. The Special 50th Anniversary Issue not only coincides with the 50th anniversary of JABFM, with its major contributions to board certification, but also with ABFM’s new strategic plan including next directions during a time of great change in healthcare transformation, even before COVID.
The special issue includes a brief by ABFM President and Chief Executive Officer, Warren P. Newton, MD, MPH, How Should Board Certification Evolve?, which outlines the major challenges board certification faces in order to remain relevant and valuable to the profession and to society. A historical piece by ABFM President and CEO Emeritus, James C. Puffer, MD, The American Board of Family Medicine: Celebrating 50 Years of Continuing Transformation, underscores the contributions and achievements of ABFM.
The special issue is divided into three parts, each with a keynote paper and three commentaries. The first section relates to the importance of combining summative and formative feedback from board certification—or combining assessment of learning and assessment for learning. Continuing Board Certification: Seeing Our Way Forward, written by Dr. Graham McMahon, President of the American Council on Continuing Medical Education, emphasizes the importance of setting standards, presenting four key areas to address to move forward with a board certification system that is effective, relevant, and respected. The three accompanying commentaries are written by Martin Quan; MD, Clif Knight, MD; and Ann E. Harman, PhD.
The second section features Elizabeth A. McGlynn, PhD, Vice President for Kaiser Permanente Research and Executive Director of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Effectiveness & Safety Research. Her article, Measuring & Improving Quality in the US: Where Are We Today?, focuses on measured quality of care across the continuum and how to improve performance improvement. Accompanying this are three commentaries written by Carole Lannon, MD, MPH; Ann Lefebvre, MSW, CPHQ; and Elizabeth G. Baxley, MD.
The third section, anchored by Richard L. Cruess, MD and Sylvia R, Cruess, MD, Centre for Medical Education at McGill University, centers on promoting professionalism and its assessment. The Drs. Cruess, renowned for being at the forefront of rediscovering professionalism starting in the 1990s, make the case for specialty-specific approaches to professionalism. The three accompanying commentaries are written by J. Brantley Thrasher, MD; Carolyn L. Kinney, MD; and Robert L. Phillips, Jr, MD, MSPH.
The Special 50th Anniversary Issue can be found by clicking here.
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