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    Comprehensiveness and Scope of Practice
    In conjunction with our partners at the Robert Graham Center, we are conducting a series of studies on how scope of practice and comprehensiveness of care that family physicians provide relates to a series of outcomes including board scores, avoidable hospitalizations, emergency room utilization, and costs of care.  

    Data Extraction and Quality Improvement Project
    We are conducting an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) funded study to develop and test processes for the ABFM to receive physician quality measures from their healthcare organizations and feed these back to the physician in their portfolio. We will study whether seeing benchmarked quality measures affects which Self-Assessment or Performance Improvement activities physicians chose to complete and whether it moves quality more. The PRIME registry is underway and we will analyze deidentified data to understand who is in the registry, the scope of their practices, and the quality of care they provide.
    A third project will use PRIME data supplied by or extracted from physician EHRs to create population health tools. 

    SAM (now Self-Assessment activities) Feedback Analysis 
    We are analyzing nearly 10 years and over 5 million lines of feedback data our physicians have provided us after completing a SAM to determine how our Diplomates view the SAMs, and to guide refinements and revisions to the SAMs.

    PPM (now Performance Improvement activities) Feedback Analysis 
    Similar to the SAM feedback project, we are analyzing feedback data from our Diplomates about our PPMs. Our results will inform revisions to the PPMs. We have published one paper on the results thus far and have another in progress.  Additionally, our results will have informed revisions to the Performance Improvement activities.

    Study of Studying
    In conjunction with the American Board of Internal Medicine, we are interviewing physicians who recently took the Certification examination about their experiences preparing for the exam.

    In 2016 we began collecting data on burnout from a sample of physicians registering for the Family Medicine Certification Examination. Once data collection is complete, we will determine the prevalence of burnout among family physicians and whether any personal or practice characteristics are associated with burnout. This may lead to the development or licensing of tools to help our Diplomates address this issue.  
    We are investigating the association of milestones data to other measures of resident competency, such as In-Training Examination and Certification Examination scores, and self-assessment preparedness for practice. 

    National Graduate Survey
    In conjunction with the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (AFMRD) we are conducting a survey of all Diplomates 3 years after residency graduation to assess preparedness for practice, scope of practice, and clinical activities.  These data will be provided back to residencies in reports to improve the quality of family medicine education. 
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