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
Project / Topic
Elizabeth Davlantes, MD
Family physician supply and preventable hospitalizations
Ciaran DellaFera, MD
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
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
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
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
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 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.