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    Call for Applications for a Precepting Performance Improvement Program

    Monday, February 5, 2018  The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) are now accepting applications from academic units to be sponsoring institutions in a Precepting Performance Improvement Pilot Program.

    This program offers Performance Improvement credit for certification (previously MOC Part IV) to ABFM diplomates who provide personal instruction, training, and supervision to a medical student or resident and who participate in a teaching improvement activity. ABFM is piloting the program before opening it up to all academic units/preceptors.

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    Burnout Among Young Family Medicine Physicians

    Monday, January 29, 2018   The American Board of Family Medicine obtained data from the inaugural National Graduate Survey in 2016 revealing symptoms of burnout from emotional exhaustion and callousness at 39.8% and 23.7%, respectively.

    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 data included two validated questions measuring emotional exhaustion and callousness. Only states with sample sizes of over 30 respondents were included. Variation among the states ranged from a rate of 55.4% emotional exhaustion in Minnesota to 16.1% in South Carolina. Colorado reported the highest rate of callousness or depersonalization at 35.3%, while South Carolina reported the lowest rate at 9.7%.

    Variation among states suggests that there may be state-level factors, such as policies, payer-mix, or even culture that affect burnout.

    The complete Article Burnout in Young Family Physicians: Variation Across States 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


    Study Reveals Impressions on the American Board of Family Medicine's Continuing Certification Activities

    Monday, January 29, 2018  Using feedback collected from American Board of Family Medicine Diplomates, the authors analyzed quantitative and qualitative data from 320,500 surveys of family physicians who completed a Self-Assessment Module (SAM) between January 2004 and April 2013. Currently, to maintain board certification, physicians must meet standards that revolve around the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Program for maintenance of certification (MOC). To date, there has been little published evidence regarding the experience of American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) diplomates with Maintenance of Certification for Family Physicians (MC-FP).

    The results from this study revealed overall positive experiences with SAM activities, with Knowledge Assessment (KA) components receiving higher satisfaction scores than the Clinical Simulation (CS) activities. Positive comments about SAM activities outnumbered negative comments two to one. However, while SAM activities were rated positively overall, there was great variability between individual modules. On average, SAMs with greater discordance between educational material addressed in the KA and CS components received lower ratings from Diplomates, CS components across all modules received negative comments regarding technical issues with the online testing platform.

    The complete article can be found here.

    Correspondence and inquiries should be addressed to E. Marshall Brooks, PhD, VCU Department of Family Medicine and Population Health, One Capital Square Building, 830 East Main Street, Rm 628, Richmond, VA 23219-0101