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    Study Investigates Debate Over Length of Family Medicine Residency Training

    Friday, September 8, 2017  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. More...


    A Look at Primary Care Effectiveness...

    Friday, September 8, 2017  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. More...


    Choosing Financial Support for Service Commitments

    Friday, September 8, 2017  A majority (82%) of graduating family medicine residents have educational debt – 58% graduating with more than $150,000. Family physicians today have opportunities to avoid accruing debt or have loans paid with a service commitment; however, of the 6,231 residents studied, only 271 (4.4%) had either obtained military support or enrolled in the NHSC. More...


    Scope of Practice Among Family Physicians

    Friday, September 8, 2017  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. More...


    Newsletter Summer 2017

    Wednesday, July 5, 2017  The Phoenix Summer 2017 is now available. This edition announces the launch of the new Continuous Knowledge Self-Assessment (CKSA) mobile app, expanded participation in the PRIME Registry, and other updates to the Family Medicine Certification process.

    The Summer 2017 edition of The Phoenix is now available.


    American Board of Family Medicine Elects New Officers and Board Members

    Thursday, May 25, 2017  The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is pleased to announce the election of four new officers and four new board members. The new officers elected at the ABFM’s spring board meeting in April are: Elizabeth Baxley, MD of Greenville, North Carolina elected as Chair; Jerry Kruse, MD of Springfield, Illinois as Chair-Elect; Montgomery Douglas, MD of West Hartford, Connecticut as Treasurer, and Joseph Gravel, Jr., MD of Lawrence, Massachusetts as Member-at-Large, Executive Committee. In addition, the ABFM welcomes this year’s new members to the Board of Directors: Beth Bortz of Richmond, Virginia; Lauren Hughes, MD, MPH, MSc of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, John Mellinger, MD of Springfield, Illinois, and Daniel Spogen, MD of Sparks, Nevada.


    American Board of Family Medicine’s Physician Quality Reporting System Deadline passes with Outstanding Numbers

    Tuesday, April 18, 2017  The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is pleased to announce over 1600 clinicians submitted data to the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) through the ABFM’s online submission process and through the PRIME Patient Data Registry.

    The Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) is a quality reporting program that encourages individual eligible professionals (EPs) and group practices to report information on the quality of care to Medicare. PQRS gives participating EPs and group practices the opportunity to assess the quality of care they provide to their patients, helping to ensure that patients get the right care at the right time. By reporting on PQRS quality measures, individual EPs and group practices can also quantify how often they are meeting a particular quality metric.

    The PRIME Registry is a population health and performance improvement tool for clinicians and practices. It extracts patient data from the physician’s electronic health record (EHR) and turns it into actionable measures.  PRIME is registered as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry and Specialty Registry open to all Primary Care Physicians—Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Obstetricians/Gynecologists, as well as Physicians Assistants and Nurse Practitioners.


    Updates to the ABFM Exam Prep App for iPhones

    Monday, April 10, 2017  In recent weeks, some physicians have been experiencing problems with the ABFM Exam Prep app. Apple pushed two updates out to iPhone users. These updates caused our app to begin to malfunction in various ways. The developers have updated the app and this new version was released in the first week in April. The new version works quite well when users have updated both their operating system and the Exam Prep app, but iPhone users may still experience bugs when only one is updated.


    ABFM Statement Regarding Executive Order Travel Ban

    Friday, February 3, 2017  Please download the statement [PDF 76KB] from the American Board of Family Medicine regarding the recently signed Executive Order titled Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, which restricted travel into the U.S. from seven specified countries.


    ABFM Launches Continuous Knowledge Self-Assessment (CKSA)

    Tuesday, January 17, 2017  The ABFM’s new Continuous Knowledge Self-Assessment (CKSA), a self-assessment and lifelong learning activity, will launch on January 19, 2017. The CKSA is designed to deliver a set of 25 questions each quarter. There is no passing or failing for this activity. After independently completing 100 CKSA questions, a performance report will be provided to the physician summarizing their results by certification examination blueprint categories to help family physicians identify gaps in their knowledge.

    What you need to know:

    • Access the CKSA via your portfolio (and soon your mobile app!), and the program will guide you through answering each question in order.
    • Each multiple-choice question (MCQ) in the CKSA will require a single best answer response. The correct answer will be provided after each question is answered along with a critique describing the rationale for the correct option. A comment feature will allow family physicians to share their opinions on concepts relating to each question.
    • A physician may start, stop or resume the assessment questions at any time during the 3-month period.
    • Complete all 25 questions during the 3-month activity window and receive 2.5 certification points that can be applied to the 50 points required for the 3-year stage.
    • Complete all 25 questions for each of the four quarters throughout the year and receive a total of 10 certification points, satisfying the minimum 1 Knowledge Self-Assessment (KSA) requirement for that stage.
    • Continuously participate in the CKSA throughout the entire 3-year certification stage and receive 30 certification points, leaving only a Performance Improvement activity needed to complete family medicine certification requirements.

    The CKSA will be added to the suite of options for completing the self-assessment requirement for Continuous Certification. The CKSA is designed to help physicians identify their personal strengths and weaknesses in medical knowledge and clinical decision-making within the framework of broad spectrum family medicine, so that they can target subsequent continuing medical education in those areas. The questions will be developed using the certification examination blueprint and will be similar in format to those seen on the certification examination. The performance report provided once a physician has participated in 100 questions, four different CKSA quarters, will estimate how a physician would likely score on the certification examination, estimate one’s probability of passing the certification examination, and compute an index related to how accurate a physician’s confidence was regarding the correctness of their answers.

    Completing the 25 questions can be done throughout the 3-month quarter in a manner that best suits the individual physician i.e. questions can be completed whenever and wherever it is convenient for the physician. If a physician prefers to answer two questions per week over morning coffee, then an automatic reminder can be set up to deliver two questions a week. On the other hand, those that wish to complete a small number of questions per month can receive monthly reminders to answer questions. If one wishes to answer all 25 questions at one sitting while on a long road trip over the summer (while riding in the passenger’s seat of course!), that can be accommodated as well. Overall, the manner of the CKSA administration is intended to be both more user-friendly, as well as more continuous in nature.