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    American Board of Family Medicine Foundation and North American Primary Care Research Group to Collaborate on Future Starfield Summits

    Tuesday, January 22, 2019  The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Foundation and the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) recently announced plans for approving proposals for and the organization of all future Starfield Summits. The proposal was approved by the Board of Directors of both organizations.

    Professor Barbara Starfield (1932-2011), a physician and health services researcher, was a University Distinguished Professor and the Professor of Health Policy and Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University. Her research on primary care gave considerable evidence for improving primary care worldwide, and her books are widely recognized as some of the most influential works in the field.

    The Starfield Summit was created to honor her memory, to advance related research, and to continue to improve primary care and related health policy. The three previous Starfield Summits include: Advancing Primary Care Research, Policy and Patient Care; Primary Care's Role in Achieving Health Equity; and Meaningful Measures for Primary Care.

    With the blessing of Dr. Starfield's family, the ABFM Foundation and NAPCRG recently agreed to support future Starfield Summits. NAPCRG will manage requests to use the name as well as offer guidance on maintaining the model followed in past summits. The ABFM Foundation has agreed to consider requests for financial support of future summits. Hosting a Starfield Summit is not restricted to family medicine and the partnering organizations are keen to see other primary care groups host them.

    The Starfield Summit (http://www.starfieldsummit.com/) consists of a series of meetings providing a unique opportunity for conversation among a diverse group of leaders in primary care research and policy. It is intended to galvanize its participants, generating important discussion for public consumption, and enabling research and policy agenda-setting in support of primary care function as an essential catalyst in health system reform.


    Burnout Lower for Family Physicians Able to Address Patients' Social Needs

    Tuesday, January 15, 2019  Data analyzed from the American Board of Family Medicine's (ABFM) 2016 Family Medicine Certification practice demographic questionnaire found family physicians with a high perception of their clinic's capacity to meet patients' social needs were less likely to report burnout.

    The study, conducted by the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and the ABFM, investigated the association between clinic capacity to address social needs and burnout among family physicians. Twenty-seven percent of respondents reported symptoms of burn out, similar to another recent study. Burnout risk factors reported include electronic health record (EHR) burden, work stress, poor team efficiency, and poor or misaligned clinical leadership.

    Burnout refers to the psychological exhaustion resulting from long-term stress, and it puts physicians at risk for poor mental health, decreased productivity, and abandonment of career medicine.

    The American Board of Family Medicine has developed the Population Health Assessment Engine (PHATE) to help its Diplomates better understand their patients' social risks and to support addressing their social needs (http://primeregistry.org/phate/).

    The complete Article Physician Burnout and Higher Clinic Capacity to Address Patients' Social Needs may be found here.

    Inquiries and correspondence should be addressed to Lars E. Peterson, MD, PhD, American Board of Family Medicine, 1648 McGrathiana Parkway, Suite 550, Lexington, KY 40511-1247; email.


    ABMS Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future Commission

    Friday, January 4, 2019   The American Board of Medical Specialties has posted its draft report "Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future" for public comment. The report outlines the work of the Vision Commission, their findings, and a set of recommendations for the future of board certification programs. In creating the draft report, the Vision Commission considered input received from numerous stakeholders, reflected in the many hours of testimony and the results of the open stakeholder survey that was posted on its website in mid-2018.

    The Commission will meet one last time to review the comments received and make revisions to the draft before submitting its final report to the ABMS Board of Directors in February 2019.

    To review and/or comment on the draft please visit visioninitiative.org by 11:00 p.m. CST on January 15, 2019.

    The ABFM encourages family physicians to review and comment on this document.