Thanks to a successful initial pilot year of FMCLA, we are pleased to announce that the pilot will be expanded in 2020. Family physicians who are currently certified and have their 10-year examination requirement due before December 31, 2020 will have the option to begin participating in the first quarter of 2020.

The ABFM is pleased to provide you access to the June issue of The Phoenix newsletter. This newsletter is emailed to all Diplomates four times per year (we no longer deliver copies via US Mail). This newsletter is presented in PDF format and is available here.

The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is pleased to announce the election of four new officers and three new board members.

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 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.