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

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.

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.

ABFM is pleased to provide you access to the October issue of The Phoenix newsletter. To view the online version, click here. You may have interest in the following pieces included with this newsletter:

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has selected Kameron Matthews, MD, JD, FAAFP as the 2018 James C. Puffer, MD/American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Fellow. Dr. Matthews currently serves as Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Health for Community Care at the Veterans Health Administration in Washington, DC. She is one of three outstanding health professionals selected for the class of 2018 NAM Fellows.

The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is pleased to announce a pilot program to begin in January 2019 that will assess the value and feasibility of a longitudinal assessment option to the 10-year secure examination. Jerry Kruse, MD, Chair of the ABFM Board of Directors, announced this news today to family physicians attending the 2018 American Academy of Family Physicians Congress of Delegates in New Orleans.