ABFM sponsors a Visiting Scholars Program for both physicians and other professionals interested in primary care research, training, or practice.  The Visiting Scholars Program is intended to offer you the opportunity to learn about the ABFM and conduct research over a two to four week period with ABFM’s Research Department. Scholars work directly with ABFM staff on original research projects that align with their own interests and support the mission and goals of the ABFM.

Two experiences are available to Scholars.  Most scholars conduct research and have an immersion experience at ABFM offices in Lexington, KY.  Individuals with significant policy interest may complete the program in Washington, DC at the Center for Value and Professionalism in Health Care. 

In addition to Scholars, the ABFM Research Department has supported undergraduate, graduate, and medical students in mentored experiences.  Publication in a peer-reviewed journal, and/or presentations at conferences, often result from these experiences.

Individuals at more advanced stages of their careers with significant research experience or expertise may qualify as Lewis Sigmon, MD Senior Visiting Scholars.  Sigmon Scholars are expected to produce a substantial product for publication as a result of their experience.

Funding for the ABFM Visiting Scholars Program is supported by the ABFM Foundation.

To apply, submit a letter of interest with your research interests, along with your CV, to [email protected], Lars Peterson, Vice President of Research at ABFM.


Previous Visiting scholars

Scholar

Project / Topic 

Elizabeth Davlantes, MD

Family physician supply and preventable hospitalizations

Ciaran DellaFera, MD

Medication reconciliation

John Bernot, MD

Qualified Clinical Data Registry playbook

Jennifer Broders Jarrett, PharmD

Pharmacists in residency education and inter-professional practice

Tomoko Sairenji, MD

Home visits by family physicians

Anastasia Coutinho, MD, MS

Scope of practice intentions of graduating residents compared to practice physicians

Monee Rassolian, MD

Burnout of family physicians

Julie Phillips, MD

Educational debt and career choice and examination performance

Alyssa Shell, MD, PhD

Systematic review of teaching residents about population health & evaluation of new safety net clinic site funding

Amanda Weidner, MPH

Burnout of new graduates

Anna Hansen, BS

State level variation in burnout

Neha Sachdev, MD

Primary Care Spend

Elizabeth Beckman, MD

Practice Patterns of dually boarded family medicine psychiatrists

Samuel Johnson, PharmD

Pharmacists in family medicine practices

Pavela Bambakova, BS

Social deprivation measures

Jonathan Lichkus, MD, MPH

Quality improvement training in residency

Joshua St. Louis, MD, MPH

Family physicians treating substance use disorder and providing maternity care

Zachary Ward

Rural / urban variation in burnout

Brandis Belt, MD

State medical license board application questions on mental health and substance abuse

Saed Qunbar, PhD

Using machine learning to recommend certification activities

Sumathi Narayana, MD

Termination in family medicine

Joseph Benitez, PhD

Effect of Medicaid expansion on scope of practice and panel size

Tanya Longabach, PhD

Does self-reported preparation of residents correspond to medical knowledge?

 


J. lewis sigmon, md senior visiting scholars

Dr. Lewis Sigmon has been a long-time contributor to the critical work of the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM). First elected to the ABFM Board of Directors in 1995, Dr. Sigmon was elected and served on the Executive Committee from 1998–2000 and was elected and served as Vice-President of the Board of Directors from 1999–2000. After his term on the ABFM Board of Directors ended in 2000, he was elected to the newly created ABFM Foundation Board of Directors in 2000 and served as its President from 2000–2006, then as its Chair 2006–2013.

A highly respected clinician-educator, Dr. Sigmon was the Program Director of the Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) Family Medicine Residency, Charlotte, NC, from 1984–1992 and held a similar position at the CMC Union Rural Residency Program, Monroe, NC, from 1997–2001. He was Chair of CMC's academic Department of Family Medicine from 1984–1995 and a member of the faculty of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine's Department of Family Medicine, Chapel Hill from 1977–2017, achieving the rank of professor.  He served on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Family Medicine Review Committee from 1997–2003 and as a special site visitor for the ACGME from 2003–2014. He served as an item writer for the ABFM In-training Examination for Family Medicine Residents from 1988–1996 and again from 2001 to 2005.

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the specialty of Family Medicine and to the American Board of Family Medicine, the ABFM Foundation honored him upon the completion of his term as Chair on the Foundation Board of Directors in 2013 by creating and establishing the J. Lewis Sigmon, MD Visiting Scholar Program for senior scholars visiting the ABFM to pursue research interests consistent with the ABFM’s mission and purpose.


Lewis Sigmon, M.D. Senior Visiting Scholars and Projects

Scholar

Project / Topic 

David Loxterkamp, MD

Changes in physician's scope of practice

Arch G. Chip Mainous, III, PhD

Burnout of family physicians, milestones, and fellowships

Roger Garvin, MD

Development of professionalism in family medicine training

William R. Phillips, MD, MPH

Who are General Practitioners in 2018?


ABFM Research students and learners

Student Project/Topic

Jessica (Ottmar) Dobbins, DrPH

Population health management by family physicians

Erica Schuster, BS

Preparation to provide population health management in residency

Jessica Creager, BS

Burnout and practice organization

Urooj Nasim

Variation in scope of practice among rural family physicians

Rachel Cox, BS

Practice Patterns of Family Physicians with Sports Medicine Certification


Scholar and student publications

Coutinho AJ, Cochrane A, Stelter K, Phillips RL, Jr., Peterson LE Comparison of Intended Scope of Practice for Family Medicine Residents With Reported Scope of Practice Among Practicing Family Physicians JAMA. Dec 8 2015;314(22):2364-2372.


Dobbins JM, Peiper N, Jones E, Clayton R, Peterson LE, Phillips RL, Jr. Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition and Diabetes Control Among Health Centers: Exploring the Role of Enabling Services. Popul Health Manag. 2018 Feb;21(1):6-12.


Hansen A, Peterson LE, Fang B, Phillips RL, Jr. Burnout in Young Family Physicians: Variation Across States. J Am Board Fam Med. 2018 Jan-Feb;31(1):7-8.


Mainous AG, 3rd, Fang B, Peterson LE. Competency Assessment in Family Medicine Residency: Observations, Knowledge-Based Examinations, and Advancement. J Grad Med Educ. 2017 Dec;9(6):730-734.


Ottmar J, Blackburn B, Phillips RL, Jr., Peterson LE, Jaen CR. Family physicians' ability to perform population management is associated with adoption of other aspects of the patient-centered medical home Population health management. Apr 2015;18(2):72-78.


Phillips J, Peterson LE, Fang B, Kovar-Gough I, Phillips RL. How Many Graduating Family Medicine Residents Have Chosen Financial Support for Service Commitments? Fam Med. 2017 Sep;49(8):626-629.


Phillips JP, Peterson LE, Fang B, Kovar-Gough I, Phillips RL. Family Medicine Residents with High Debt Are Half as Likely to Choose Public Service, Academic, or Geriatric Careers Academic Medicine (in press)


Puffer JC, Knight HC, O'Neill TR, Rassolian M, Bazemore AW, Peterson LE, Baxley EG. Prevalence of Burnout in Board Certified Family Physicians. J Am Board Fam Med. 2017 Mar-Apr;30(2):125-126.


Rassolian M, Peterson LE, Fang B, Knight HC, Jr., Peabody MR, Baxley EG, Mainous AG, 3rd. Workplace Factors Associated With Burnout of Family Physicians. JAMA Intern Med. 2017 Jul 01;177(7):1036-1038.


Sairenji T, Jetty A, Peterson LE Shifting Patterns of Physician Home Visits Journal of primary care & community health. Apr 2016;7(2):71-75.


Sairenji T, Dai M, Eden AR, Peterson LE, Mainous AG, 3rd. Fellowship or Further Training for Family Medicine Residents? Fam Med. 2017 Sep;49(8):618-621.


Schuster EK, Peterson LE. Resident and Residency Characteristics Associated With Self-reported Preparedness for Population Health Management. Fam Med. 2017 Nov;49(10):772-777.


Weidner AKH, Phillips RL, Jr., Fang B, Peterson LE. Burnout and Scope of Practice in New Family Physicians. Ann Fam Med. 2018 May;16(3):200-205.