Three New Year’s Resolution Suggestions for Program Directors
If you look at the new AFMRD strategic plan, you’ll notice that most of the initiatives aim to enhance the value of an AFMRD membership. However, the member value of two of these initiatives – the Residency Performance Index (RPI) and the Residency Curriculum Resource (RCR) – hinges directly on member participation. If each AFMRD member resolves to complete the RPI and to make even one RCR contribution, the result will be helpful data and hundreds of new curricular resources that will improve the quality of all programs.
Now that interview season is over – and while the experience is still fresh in your memory – it’s a good time to step back and try to see your residency program through the eyes of those medical students. Are they seeing positive role models? Or unmotivated faculty? Are they seeing evidence of family medicine as a vital and meaningful profession? Or are they seeing challenging situations where burnout is a risk? Let’s resolve to make sure the students who spend time in our programs see the passion and the powerful impact of family physicians within their community. By doing so can we ensure our programs are ones where students are sure to see, in action, a bright future in family medicine.
Finally, I believe one of the most impactful actions we can take this year is to be part of the campaign that will come out of the Future of Family Medicine 2.0 project. One of the two major objectives of this project is to develop a message and communications strategy to reach our communities. Through our residencies we can influence our grads, our system leaders and our community leaders in ways that few others can. Let's resolve to motivate our staff, residents and faculty to promote our role in the community. Working together we can let those throughout the country know what a family physician is, and how vital it is for every person to have his or her own medical home.
Three resolutions that are entirely possible and quite promising. I hope you will join me in making them – and keeping them.
Michael L. Tuggy, MD
Director, Swedish Family Medicine - First Hill
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BREAKING NEWS: Allopathic and Osteopathic Medical Communities Commit to a Single Graduate Medical Education Accreditation System
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) have agreed to a single accreditation system for graduate medical education (GME) programs in the United States.
After months of discussion, the allopathic and osteopathic medical communities have committed to work together to prepare future generations of physicians with the highest quality GME, ultimately helping to ensure the quality and safety of health care delivery.
“The commitment to a single accreditation system comes at a watershed moment for medical education in the U.S.,” said Thomas Nasca, MD, MACP, chief executive officer of the ACGME. “As we move forward into the Next Accreditation System, this uniform path of preparation for practice ensures that the evaluation of and accountability for the competency of all resident physicians – MDs and DOs – will be consistent across all programs.” Nasca added, “A single accreditation system provides the opportunity to introduce and consistently evaluate new physician competencies that are needed to meet patient needs and the health care delivery challenges facing the U.S. over the next decade.”
The single accreditation system will allow graduates of allopathic and osteopathic medical schools to complete their residency and/or fellowship education in ACGME-accredited programs and demonstrate achievement of common Milestones and competencies. Currently, the ACGME and AOA maintain separate accreditation systems for allopathic and osteopathic educational programs.
“A single system standardizes the approach to GME accreditation, and ensures that all physicians have access to the primary and sub-specialty training necessary to serve patients,” said AOA President Norman E. Vinn, DO. “Importantly, the system recognizes the unique principles and practices of the osteopathic medical profession and its contributions to the health of all Americans.”
Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, President of AACOM commented, “Healthcare and medical education in the U.S. today face many challenges. We feel that this approach to GME accreditation not only streamlines but strengthens the postdoctoral education process, and will produce physicians who are able to meet those health care challenges, enhancing the ability for all physicians to learn the unique characteristics of osteopathic medical practice.”
Under the single accreditation system:
AOA and AACOM will become ACGME member organizations and will nominate members to the ACGME Board of Directors.
Two new osteopathic Review Committees will be created to evaluate and set standards for the osteopathic aspects of GME programs seeking osteopathic recognition.
July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2020, is an extended transition period for AOA-accredited programs to apply for and receive ACGME recognition and accreditation.
Opportunity is created for MD and DO graduates who have met the prerequisite competencies to access any GME program or transfer from one accredited program to another without being required to repeat education.
Efficiencies are realized since there is no need for institutions to sponsor “dually accredited” or “parallel accredited” allopathic and osteopathic medical residency programs.
For more information on the ACGME visit www.acgme.org, on the AOA visit www.osteopathic.org and on the AACOM visit www.aacom.org
See also: List of FAQs about the single accreditation system.
PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE CALL WITH ACGME, AOA, AACOM LEADERS:
A call has been scheduled to provide an opportunity to hear comments about this decision from top ACGME, AOA and AACOM leaders in a single setting. Here are the details for participating in the call:
When: Thursday, February 27, 2014, at 9 a.m. EST/8 a.m. CST
Participant Access Instructions: Dial in 5-10 minutes prior to the start time using the number 888-576-4398; conference code 9288273.
Program Directors Workshop
The Program Directors Workshop offers programming designed specifically for family medicine residency program directors and associate directors. The 2014 PDW will take place Friday, March 28 through Sunday, March 30 in Kansas City. Register today!
Advocacy Scholarships for Family Medicine Residents
AFMRD has provided 10 family medicine residents with scholarships of up to $1,500 each to participate in the Family Medicine Congressional Conference April 7-8, 2014, in Washington, D.C.
Meet our 2014 FMCC Scholarship recipients
What is the Future of Family Medicine -- and how might you make an impact? Learn here.
Family Medicine Residency Curriculum Resource (RCR)
Phase I of the Residency Curriculum Resource is live and has all the core topics for your PGY-1 residents organized by rotation and knowledge area with links to key readings. They can use this to supplement their learning on the wards from day one. At this point, residents don't have direct access to the site, but if you login as an AFMRD member, you'll see a PDF you can download and share with them. Download it today and pass it along. Stay tuned for more content this fall when we roll out the senior resident level (PGY-2/3) topics. The call for proposals for submissions to the RCR is live as well - a great academic project for your faculty that will support everyone's teaching. Click here to learn more about RCR.
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NEW in the PD Toolbox! AFMRD's input to the RC-FM on program requirements FAQs, Next Accreditation System resources, The Patient-Centered Medical Home’s Impact on Cost and Quality report, and sample family medicine job descriptions. Take a look.
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Program Director List Serve
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Online Advocacy Course
Click here to take an Online Advocacy Course developed by AFMRD in conjunction with STFM and CAFM. You'll learn more about being an advocate for family medicine education. These courses are free for a short time.
Who is your Advocacy Representative?
Arm your program with tools and strategies for more effective, unified advocacy. This new advocacy initiative encourages all programs to identify a Advocacy Representative. Read more.Archives
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