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.

A recent study conducted by researchers from Michigan State University and the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) indicates family physicians with high debt ($150,000-$249,999) are less likely to pursue jobs with government organizations, such as work for Federally Qualified Health Centers. Those with high or very high debt (>$250,000) were also less likely to choose academic practice or a geriatrics fellowship.

The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) and the ABFM Foundation are pleased to announce the establishment of the Center for Professionalism and Value in Health Care based in Washington, D.C. The Center will be led by Robert Phillips, MD MSPH, who has been named as its founding Executive Director.

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The ABFM knows your time is valuable, and we want to share information with you in a concise way. To assist with this, we’ve changed the format of our newsletter from a 16-page, twice yearly printed newsletter, to a shorter (6-page max) email-only delivered informational news piece. We hope to save both your time and the environment.
The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is pleased to announce the election of four new officers and three new board members.

The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is pleased to announce the selection of Elizabeth G. (Libby) Baxley, MD, to become its next Senior Vice President beginning July 1, 2018.

As Senior Vice President, Dr. Baxley’s major initial focus will be to lead all aspects of ABFM activity that relate to the experience of board certified family physicians with ABFM, including residency, the early clinical years, credentials, and communications.

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Among physicians, family physicians report some of the highest levels of burnout. According to a new study, however, early career family physicians who provide a broader scope of practice report significantly lower rates of burnout.
Studies have shown that poor access to maternity care has attributed to maternal and infancy mortality in the United States. Researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the American Board of Family Medicine found that almost 60% of recent family medicine residency graduates reported that the opportunity to do deliveries was not available in the practice they joined and/or that lifestyle considerations influenced their decision not to include deliveries.
The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) today launched the Clinician Well-Being Knowledge Hub, a comprehensive resource repository that provides clinicians and health system leaders with valuable resources to combat clinician burnout in their organizations and personal lives.