President's Message

Recruitment Season Kickoff

Here we are, kicking off a new season of recruiting!

Many of you will soon be here in Kansas City for the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, in search of your next class of residents.

National Conference is such a great time, not just for recruiting students but also for learning from them.

If we listen to students, we can learn how they feel about medical education and the changing healthcare landscape. We can learn what they are looking for in a residency program.  And we can gain some insight as to how our programs are viewed by those outside. The more we learn about students, the better we will be able to recognize the right ones to join our families – for three years as residents and lifelong as alumni.

National Conference also offers opportunities for program directors to contribute. Volunteer to review medical student CVs. Present a workshop.  Participate in the student or resident congress. All are great ways to stay connected and contribute to our discipline.

As I embark on this new interview season, I look forward to meeting eager students, who are choosing family medicine as a career because they realize it is where they can make the greatest impact on the future of America’s health.  The excitement of these students is contagious – and is why many of us love to teach. 

In the coming months, our schedules will be filled with interviewing students and pitching our programs. Since NRMP has made some changes to The Match and is proposing even more changes, now is a good time to evaluate how our programs recruit.  As many seasoned program directors will tell you, not all programs are on the up-and-up.  It is our responsibility to ensure that our recruiting practices are fair and ethical. A quality program sells itself.  

Have a great week in Kansas City. Come by and say hello to the AFMRD staff and me. Let us know what we can do for you. We are your organization – and here to help make your jobs a little easier. 

Happy recruiting!

Todd Shaffer, MD, MBA, FAAFP
President AFMRD


Breaking News on GME Reform!
Read about it here.

IOM Releases Report on GME

The Institute of Medicine has released "Graduate Medical Education That Meets the Nation's Health Needs" -- a report evaluating and recommending changes to overhaul the United States' graduate medical education system. Read the full report. Read the abbreviated report.

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.

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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