The ABFM fully supports the use of certification as a means to eliminate the need for family physicians to meet burdensome privileging and credentialing requirements. However, no family physician who is not certified by the ABFM should be denied privileges or credentials if they can otherwise demonstrate their ability to provide high-quality care.

Research has continually shown a decade-long decline in the scope of practice of family physicians, despite residency training designed to encompass all areas of primary care, obstetrics, impatient and ambulatory care. These findings raise questions about whether there is a lack of training, a lack of practice, or employer restrictions that limit opportunities for family physicians.

Using data collected from the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) as part of the certification examination application, the authors, Erika K. Schuster, BS and Lars E. Peterson, MD, PhD assessed residents’ Population Health Management (PHM) preparedness via a single, self-reported question.

The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is pleased to announce a change to the certification requirements, which will now allow osteopathic family physicians who have completed three years of accredited family medicine residency training in either AOA programs or AOA programs that have received ACGME preaccreditation or initial accreditation to apply for certification with the ABFM. The eligibility period for osteopathic family physicians will begin in 2018 and conclude at the end of 2022.

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has selected Tammy Chang, MD, MPH, MS as the 2017 James C. Puffer, MD/American Board of Family Medicine Fellow. Dr. Chang is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is one of five outstanding health professionals selected for the class of 2017 NAM Fellows.

The American Board of Family Medicine's (ABFM) Board of Directors has selected Warren Newton, MD, MPH to become its next President and Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Dr. James C. Puffer upon his retirement. Dr. Newton will serve in the position of President and CEO Elect beginning July 1, 2018 until Dr. Puffer’s retirement at the end of 2018. Upon assuming the role of President and CEO on January 1, 2019, Dr. Newton will oversee the ABFM, as well as the ABFM Foundation and Pisacano Leadership Foundation.

Using data collected from the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) as part of the resident certification examination application, the authors, Tomoko Sairenji, MD, MS, Mingliang Dai, PhD, Aimee R. Eden, PhD, Lars E. Peterson, MD, PhD, and Arch G. Mainous, III, PhD, assessed the proportion of family medicine residency graduates intending to pursue fellowship training or another year of residency training if it were available.

Robert L. Phillips, Jr, MD, MSPH, Vice-President of Research and Policy for the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM), discusses the shift in family medicine residents joining larger health systems over small or solo family medicine practices. 

While some studies have shown that family physicians’ scope of practice may be shrinking, a recent study, which included researchers from Oregon Health & Science University and the American Board of Family Medicine, indicates graduates of residencies engaged in significant educational redesign report a broad scope of practice.

The authors, Julie Phillips MD, MPH; Lars E. Peterson MD, PhD; Bo Fang PhD; Iris Kovar-Gough MA, MLIS; Robert L. Phillips Jr. MD, MSPH, used de-identified data from the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) examination registration questionnaire, which is required of all residents applying for board certification.  Results showed 4.4% residents had either obtained military support or enrolled in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC).