A Message from the President

Shortly before the Thanksgiving Holiday, our staff that oversees Part IV activity in Maintenance of Certification for Family Physicians (MC-FP), which has been designed to measure performance in practice, showed me a project utilizing one of our self-directed Part IV pathways. It was developed by one of our Diplomates currently deployed in Afghanistan, and I was so impressed with the project that I immediately emailed him to ask for permission to share this incredible effort with you in this issue of The Phoenix.

ABFM Board Chair-Elect Carlos Roberto Jaén, MD PhD was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in the class of 2013. Dr. Jaén is the Dr. and Mrs. James L. Holly Distinguished Professor and Chair of Family & Community Medicine at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He is a bi-cultural researcher and research ambassador to Latin America who advises US federal agencies developing health prevention projects for US Hispanic communities. Dr.

The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) encourages Diplomates to comment on the recently revised standards proposed by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) for Maintenance of Certification (MOC). The ABMS is a not-for-profit organization of 24 medical specialty boards with shared goals and standards related to the certification of medical specialists. The ABFM is a member board of the ABMS. Therefore, if the proposed ABMS standards are adopted, ABFM’s Maintenance of Certification for Family Physicians (MC-FP) would need to comply with them.

The ABFM is once again approved as a registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2013. Diplomates are able to participate at no cost in the PQRS registry online from their physician portfolio. The ABFM Physician Quality Reporting System Diabetes registry is now available. The deadline for data entry in the online activity is January 10, 2014.

A Message from the President

It is hard to believe that it has been ten years since we began the transition from our old recertifi cation paradigm to Maintenance of Certifi cation for Family Physicians (MC-FP). While the transition to MC-FP dramatically changed the way in which family physicians maintain their certifi cation, it also dramatically transformed the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM).

ABFM and other leading national physician education and assessment organizations announced today their partnership to launch the Data Commons, LLC. The Data Commons, an information-sharing company, is developing a system that could revolutionize the way in which researchers, policy makers, analysts, and other data users access and analyze data on physicians and other health care professionals.

 The Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care and Georgetown University have renamed their premier research and clinical fellowship program to honor long-time Robert Graham Center director, Robert Phillips, MD, MSPH. Phillips served as director of the Robert Graham Center from 2004 to 2012, when he became vice president for research and policy at the American Board of Family Medicine.