Newsletter Summer 2015
Thursday, July 02, 2015 A Message from the
I write this message shortly after we have released the results of the
April examination. While pass rates for certifying and maintenance
of certification candidates are slightly different, overall, about 9
out of 10 first-time takers (those not retaking the examination
as a result of having previously been unsuccessful) passed the
examination, as you will learn from the story discussing the results
in greater detail inside this issue. Nevertheless, we receive calls
from those that were unsuccessful on the examination, and one of
the most frequent complaints that we hear from those that failed
is that "the examination in no way reflected what I do in practice." More...
The Summer 2015 edition of The
Phoenix is now available.
ABFM Creates Resources and Tools for Communicating the Importance of a Board-Certified Family Doctor to Patients
Thursday, June 25, 2015 One goal of the
ABFM is to provide Diplomates with more resources and communications tools that
can help Family Physicians convey the significance and benefits of choosing a
board-certified family doctor. With this message in mind, the ABFM has created
materials geared toward reaching the patient, as well as providing you with
additional means of communicating to your own patients the value of your board
The ABFM has created two short, friendly videos
designed for the general public. The first video stresses the importance of
choosing a Family Physician for your primary health care: youtube.com/watch?v=TyR-C5hnJUA
The second video
explains the importance of choosing a family physician who is board-certified:
The videos were
produced by the same creative team that is promoting the Health is
Primary campaign healthisprimary.org.
These videos are also available on YouTube at the ABFM's channel for you to use
as best suits you or your own promotional purposes.
An office table
card has also been created and is available for download at theabfm.org/about/abfmbrochure.aspx.
The file for this 2-sided card can be sent to a local printer, and then set up
in the office waiting room as a takeaway or mailed individually to patients.
Again, the brief but well-defined message to your patients is your inherent
value as a board-certified physician.
The ABFM hopes these new
resources will help family physicians communicate to patients that
board-certified family doctors are committed to providing the high-quality
care that every patient deserves.
G. Gayle Stephens Keystone Conference Series
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 The American Board
of Family Medicine Foundation will host the fourth G. Gayle Stephens Keystone
Conference Series June 5-7, 2015 at the Keystone Resort in
The 2015 conference will follow the basic purpose and
strategies of the first three Keystone Conferences and will focus on the
question, "What promises will a personal physician make to her/his patients
going forward in the evolving health care system of the United States,
particularly in terms of when and where they will be there for their patients?"
This conference will feature conversations stimulated by four
plenary speakers: Dr. Rosemary Stevens, Dr. Will Miller, Dr. Kim Griswold, and
Dr. David Loxterkamp. Most of the conference will be streamed live at www.gaylestephensconference.com where it can be viewed by
those interested. In addition, to participate from offsite, the conference
will be available on Twitter using the hashtag, #keystoneIV.
Dr. Gayle Stephens (August 6,
1928-February 20, 2014), one of the founders of family medicine in the United
States, provided consistent intellectual leadership that profoundly impacted
the specialty. He connected history, philosophy, religion, psychiatry, the
family, the community, and the sciences to the practice of medicine, and he
explained how family medicine was a "counter-culture" within medicine,
manifested in personal relationships and rooted in social change. He
particularly advanced the importance of relationships in clinical practice and
the role of the personal physician as a trusted and trustworthy agent for
In addition to his institutional leadership, textbooks,
scientific articles, essays, visiting professorships, and invited lectures,
Gayle initiated an unusual invitational conference, known as "The Keystone
Conference," where a relatively small group of colleagues could discuss ideas
and discern important challenges and opportunities meriting the attention of
family physicians and medicine as a profession. The third Keystone Conference
inspired the Future of Family Medicine project that guided family medicine
through the first years of the 21st century. In an effort to support the
continuation of Dr. Stephen's life-long work and service, the American Board
of Family Medicine Foundation established "The G. Gayle Stephens Keystone
Conference Series" in 2014. The aim of this series is to continue his legacy
of occasional, carefully constructed, invitational conferences focusing on
relevant, challenging, perhaps neglected topics worthy of substantial
consideration by family physicians, other health care professionals, and the
The American Board of Family Medicine is honored to carry on
the tradition of the Keystone Conferences and deeply grateful to the Stephens
family for their permission to use their name to assure such reflective
efforts continue in perpetuity.
More Comprehensive Care Among Family Physicians is Associated with Lower Costs and Fewer Hospitalizations
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 A study published
in the May/June 2015 Annals of Family Medicine suggests that patients whose
family physicians provided a wider range of services experienced fewer
hospitalizations and incurred lower health care costs. "Patients were 35
percent less likely to end up in a hospital if their family doctor was very
comprehensive, compared with a doctor who was minimally comprehensive," says
Dr. Robert Phillips, of the American Board of Family Medicine and one of the
authors of the study. The researchers also found that doctors who performed a
wider range of services reduced overall patient costs by between 10 and 15
The full article is available here: http://annfammed.org/content/13/3/206.full
National Study by the ABFM and AHRQ to Improve Maintenance of Certification
Friday, February 06, 2015 The Agency for
Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ) and the American Board of Family
Medicine (ABFM) are funding and collaborating on TRADEMaRQ, a national study
to make MOC activities more efficient and more closely tied to clinical
Read the article on this effort by Group Health Research here.