President's Message


At my installation as president of the AFMRD during the business session at the Program Directors Workshop in Kansas City, I conducted a short group exercise. I asked all members to stand. I then asked those who had made a contribution of some kind to AFMRD to sit down. My goal was not to make those standing feel uncomfortable, but rather to set a benchmark from which we can measure our member engagement in the coming year.

As you know, AFMRD is a member organization. This means that if we don’t have a critical mass of engaged members, we don’t have an organization.

Yes, paying your annual dues is a contribution – and certainly a necessary one. However, contributing to the “brain trust” of the AFMRD for the benefit of all members, their residency programs, and our organization is of even greater value.

Just as I asked those attending the business session, I am now asking all members to commit to contributing to AFMRD over the next year at least one thing for the betterment of all. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Submit materials to the Residency Curriculum Resource
  • Complete your RPI
  • Submit your salary survey information
  • Volunteer to serve on a task force
  • Submit a useful resource to the new AFMRD Toolbox

Please take credit for completing something by sharing it on the list serve.

If this occurs, our organization will be stronger than ever. We will have a more collective brain trust and a great sense of belonging to something bigger than our own programs. 

So, in review, what is everyone going to do this year? CONTRIBUTE to AFMRD.

This is my time; this is your time.  Make a commitment for your organization over the next year. I really want to see everyone sitting at the 2015 AFMRD business meeting when I again ask about member contributions.

I am eager to see everyone’s input to AFMRD and I look forward to being your servant leader for the next year.


Todd Shaffer, MD, MBA, FAAFP
President AFMRD



President's Message Archive

Feldman Honored with Zervanos Award

Richard Feldman, MD, from Indianapolis, Indiana, has been presented with the 2014 Nikitas J. Zervanos Outstanding Program Director Award. Read more.

AFMRD Presents Program Director Recognition Awards

The Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (AFMRD) presented eleven members with AFMRD Program Director Recognition Awards during the AFMRD Annual Business Meeting, March 30 in Kansas City, Missouri. Meet the recepients.

RC-FM Updates FAQs

The Review Committee for Family Medicine has posted an updated version of the Family Medicine FAQs (effective July 1, 2014) on its web page.

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, on the AOA visit and on the AACOM visit
See also: List of FAQs about the single accreditation system.

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.

For a list of archived Features, click here


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.

Get Your News Here: Read PDF issues of AFMRD e-newsletters, posted in the Newsletter Archives.

Not a Member?
Stay connected with other program directors, associate program directors, and NIPDD graduates via the AFMRD lis tserve, member directory, and Members Only portions of the website. Join now and connect with over 500 of your colleagues who have discovered the benefits of AFMRD membership. Each ACGME accredited program may have a program director member and up to three associate program director memberships.   Are you the program director of a new, developing program?  You may join as an associate member and have access to AFMRD's resources. If you have individuals in your program interested in joining for the first time, please call the AFMRD office. Questions about membership? Contact Sam Pener at 800-274-2237, ext 6707.

Program Director List Serve
Click here to learn how to use the discussion forum and access the archive feature.

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.

 Family Medicine Milestones. Download here.

For a list of archived Highlights, click here.