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.

The ABFM is pleased to provide you access to the October issue of The Phoenixnewsletter. This shorter newsletter is emailed to all Diplomates four times per year (we no longer deliver copies via US Mail). 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.

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