On The Verge...
My year as president of the AFMRD is rapidly coming to a close. A year ago, when I addressed those assembled at our business meeting, I expressed my hope that the coming year would be one of greater collaboration within the AFMRD in particular and in family medicine as a whole. Let's see how we did.
The RCR -- the joint AFMRD/SFTM project to build a national curriculum –
now has more than 100 authors from at least 100 programs, generating academically robust teaching content for our use once we move the second phase of the project, which has been ahead of schedule. The diligent work of the staff and editorial team has laid the groundwork for success; it is now up to you to help complete it.
The RPI survey is out and data being collected again to give us a better idea of what our collective benchmarks are for the second year in a row, with more participating programs lining up to contribute and learn from this survey.
The PD Toolbox Task Force is formed and will be recreating the toolbox to become a peer-reviewed clearinghouse of many of the templates, documents and ideas we all need, plus direct linkage to the collaborative effort with the STFM NAS Taskforce.
This past year, the Family Medicine for America's Health project (FoFM 2.0) has consumed a great deal of my time, as well as Kevin Helm's and Grant Hoekzema's time, on the core and steering teams. We have moved into a deeply collaborative process with all of the other organizations in family medicine to chart a course for our specialty over the next 5 to 10 years as our health system continues to reform. The FoFM 2.0 report will demand even more collaboration among family physicians (and family physician educators) as we lay out a new vision of what the practice of the future looks like. The success of moving into that future will depend on us standing together for the best care model to take care of communities and country.
I believe we are entering a new era in family medicine, one in which collaboration is going to be essential for both our survival and our ability to achieve excellence. As Todd Shaffer takes over the reins of the AFMRD in April, I hope that each of you will continue to look beyond the walls of your own program and join with your colleagues from around the country, working together to achieve our common goal: excellence in education, training, and in the practice of family medicine.
I do need to thank our outstanding staff, Kevin, Vickie, Katy, Lynn, Susan and Sam; they are superb and have made this year MUCH easier for me. We owe a great deal to them, as they keep everything moving forward year to year.
With warm regards,
Michael L. Tuggy, MD
Director, Swedish Family Medicine - First Hill