The AFMRD president communicates with members by posting messages on the discussion forum as well as on this website. The following is a message from President Dr. Fred Miser.


August 17, 2018

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: FRED MISER, MD
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

The new, revised and expanded ACGME Common Program Requirements are approved and go in effect July 1, 2019.  There has been some recent discussion among our members how this 52-page document will impact our specialty requirements.  The ACGME Review Committee for Family Medicine (RC-FM) will tackle this question during their October meeting, specifically reviewing those areas in which there are differences (e.g., board passage rate requirements).  There are some requirements the RC-FM can further specify and others they cannot.  After the RC-FM has updated our specialty specific requirements, they will send these out for a 45-day period for public review and comment.  I know we are all eager to understand how these new common program requirements will impact our training requirements, but for now the best we an do is to avoid any speculation and comment until these revisions are available for comment. 

In the meantime, it is important for all of us to review the new ACGME Common Program Requirements that become effective July 1, 2019 (found here).

July 30, 2018

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: FRED MISER, MD
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

The CAFM Educational Research Alliance (CERA) is accepting proposals for questions to be used in a survey of family medicine residency program directors on wellness/burnout/fatigue. This topic area was chosen because of the importance of wellness and the problem of burnout in our residency trainees. Survey proposals with hypotheses that relate to this topic area will be considered.

Proposals will be accepted until August 30th. For more information, click here.

July 25, 2018

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: FRED MISER, MD
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

Last October, AFMRD added a job board to our website. We have now had over 100 positions posted since the job board launched. AFMRD members may submit job opportunities in family medicine residency programs (Program Directors, Associate Program Directors, and residency program faculty) free of charge. While only members can submit job openings, anyone may view the job listings. Each job posting provides a quick overview of the open position and is active for 90 days. Once the job posting expires, you may repost the job opportunity if it’s still open. AFMRD staff update the job board at least once a week.

Click here to submit a job opportunity or check out the open positions.

July 11, 2018

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: FRED MISER, MD
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

Just a reminder that the application period for AFMRD’s National Institute for Program Director Development (NIPDD) is now open. This nationally recognized professional development program is led by an esteemed Academic Council and is open to a limited number of participants each year. Applicants will be screened and prioritized based on a set of criteria.

Please review the NIPDD eligibility requirements and program details prior to applying.  

If you have any questions, please contact Sam Pener (spener@aafp.org) or Deanne St. George (dstegeorge@aafp.org).

July 6, 2018

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: FRED MISER, MD
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

We hope all is going well as your new first-year residents are settling in - the true future of family medicine!  The time has come once again to recognize a program director who has made a lasting impact on the community they serve. AFMRD and AAFP invite residency directors, program faculty, residents, and the AAFP constituent chapters to submit names for consideration for the 2019 Nikitas J. Zervanos Outstanding Program Director Award. More information and instructions on how to nominate a program director can be found here.

Nominations are due by October 1, 2018

June 15, 2018

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: FRED MISER, MD
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

Wishing all of you a stress-free couple of weeks as you say farewell to your graduates and welcome your eager, first-year residents! This time is often bittersweet as we celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates while preparing to welcome the newest group of family physicians. Preparing residents to be exceptional family physicians and advocates of healthcare isn’t easy, but it is extremely rewarding!  What a privilege we have in leading this endeavor.

 June 12, 2018

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: FRED MISER, MD
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

Don’t Forget!  Make sure your program completes the AAFP Residency Census by this Friday, June 15th. This census is a valuable tool for family medicine residency programs and the AAFP to obtain accurate information regarding the family physician workforce. You should have received an email with your login information from the AAFP.

If you have any questions about the online residency census, please contact the AAFP Member Resource Center at (800) 247-2237 or aafp@aafp.org.

June 6, 2018

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: FRED MISER, MD
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

The Council of Academic Family Medicine (CAFM) recently sent a letter to US News and World Report requesting that they include family medicine in their medical school specialty rankings. These rankings include specialties such as internal medicine and pediatrics, but groups family medicine in with other specialties and labels this collective as primary care.  AFMRD signed the letter along with the other organizations that make up the family of Family Medicine. US News and World Report has responded by extending an invitation to an in-person meeting scheduled for June 14. We thank Dr. Stephen Wilson, Dr. Melly Goodell, and Hope Wittenberg in advance, for representing Family Medicine at that meeting. The CAFM letter is attached for your reference.

 May 21, 2018

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: FRED MISER, MD
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

Recipients of the AFMRD Family Medicine Advocacy Summit (FMAS) scholarships are currently in Washington, DC learning about legislative issues facing family medicine and best practices for advocacy. Topics of discussion include health care coverage, physician-focused and advanced payment models, the U.S. opioid crisis, GME payment reform, and maternal mortality. Our 10 resident and three AFMRD member scholars will get the chance to use these skills with federal legislators and their staff tomorrow when they visit congressional offices.

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May 16, 2018

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: FRED MISER, MD
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

As you recall, AFMRD worked closely with ABFM to facilitate a five-year pilot waiver request for programs wishing to innovate schedules in a way that would impact the 40-week rule. 25 programs submitted applications to the AFMRD. After reviewing these applications, the AFMRD wrote a letter to the ABFM requesting a five-year waiver for these programs. At their board meeting in early May, the ABFM Executive Committee approved the pilot.

AFMRD is now creating a task force that will develop and document measurement standards for the pilot, regularly report progress to the AFMRD Board of Directors, and submit a formal evaluation to the ABFM at the completion of the pilot.  This task force will have diverse representation from the pilot programs and will maintain regular communication with participants.

May 10, 2018

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: FRED MISER, MD
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

Congratulations to our very own Karen Mitchell, AFMRD Immediate Past President, on being selected as the next Medical Education Division Director for the AAFP. Dr. Mitchell will officially join the AAFP on September 4, 2018 and will focus on increasing student interest in and choice of a career in Family Medicine, support of Family Medicine Residency education, and increasing GME funding to expand the family medicine workforce.

In addition to her work with AFMRD, Dr. Mitchell has served as the chair of the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) and president of the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Mitchell is a NIPDD graduate and has been the program director in Southfield, Michigan since 2008. 

We are extremely grateful for Dr. Mitchell’s service and commitment to the AFMRD and wish her well in her new position!

April 30, 2018

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: FRED MISER, MD
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

AFMRD members are automatically subscribed to the member online discussion forum. This is a wonderful opportunity for program directors and associate directors to communicate with and learn from a vibrant and knowledgeable community of peers. Members are encouraged to share ideas and information as well as ask questions and voice concerns. On rare occasions, questions related to the interpretation of certain requirements may arise. The AFMRD Board of Directors has developed a protocol for these instances. If a clear and precise answer is not immediately available from the membership, a member of the board will reach out to the appropriate organization (e.g. ACGME RC-FM, ABFM, etc.) to confirm the “correct” answer and then respond to the AFMRD membership.  We hope this process allows all of us to more clearly understand the rules that will allow us to be in compliance.

April 18, 2018

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: FRED MISER, MD
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

The AFMRD is actively involved with external organizations important to the mission of the AFMRD. To do this, we depend on our network of liaisons. Liaisons attend meetings of the organization to which they are assigned and submit a written report to the AFMRD Board of Directors. Travel expenses are paid by the AFMRD with the submission of an expense voucher. If you are interested in being a representative for any of the below organizations, please submit an application form by May 7th. A current resume and a 150-200 word letter of interest are required.  Thank you for your interest!

Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS)

The Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS) provides a strong voice for academic societies and academic faculty within the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) governance and leadership structures. The AFMRD liaison will attend two in-person meetings a year (AAMC Fall meeting and Spring CFAS meeting) and will be interested in actively seeking leadership responsibilities within the CFAS structure. This liaison position will be a three year term and the liaison must also be an STFM member. A list of responsibilities can be found here. Click here for a guide to being a CFAS Representative.

Interested? Apply here.    

Building Research Capacity (BRC) Curriculum Committee

BRC provides opportunities for all departments and residency programs to engage in a mutually beneficial learning community to leverage our strengths and resources for building research capacity. The AFMRD representative for BRC should have a strong interest and experience in research and scholarly activity. The liaison will take part in developing curricular elements that would help departments and residency programs begin to put building blocks in place for growing research capacity. Meetings will be held by phone conference. 

Click here to apply.   

Center for the History of Family Medicine

A volunteer is needed to serve as a liaison to the Board of Curators of the Center for the History of Family Medicine. The liaison will be expected to attend both the spring and fall meetings and to prepare a liaison report to the AFMRD Board as to actions of the Center for the History of Family Medicine Board. The spring meeting is held via teleconference and a second in-person meeting is held in the fall at AAFP Headquarters in Leawood, Kansas. For a complete job description click here. 

Applications are now open.

April 10, 2018

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: FRED MISER, MD
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

The recent PDW session, “An Update for Residency Programs from the American Board of Family Medicine” raised the issue that programs who wish to innovate their schedules in a way that results in their residents being in the FMP less than the required 40 weeks per year (e.g., 2+2 format) MUST seek a waiver from the ABFM. Since that meeting we have worked closely with ABFM to facilitate a five-year pilot waiver request for those programs that may be affected.

If you are interested in making schedule adjustments that impact the 40-week rule and requesting the required waiver from ABFM, please read the attachment and take action by April 20.

April 3, 2018

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: FRED MISER, MD
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

Beginning this year, the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is providing preliminary results to those taking the ABFM Certification exam. Candidates will receive preliminary results within 3-7 business days following completion of the examination. Candidates that are clearly above or below the minimum passing score will receive a preliminary pass or fail result. If a candidate’s exam score is near the minimum passing score, the full scoring process will be required to determine the overall result and the candidate will receive a preliminary pending result. In addition, candidates that have an exam day incident or have the exam results marked for review will also receive a preliminary pending result. Examinees that receive a preliminary pending result will receive the official result following the complete scoring process. Official exam results will be provided approximately six weeks after the last examination day.    

March 30, 2018

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: FRED MISER, MD
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

I am honored to serve as your president of the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors for this upcoming year.  It was great seeing so many of you at PDW - I always come away from this meeting reenergized and with new ideas.  As I mentioned in my address to the membership at our annual meeting, we need each other! Please continue to use our AFMRD Discussion Forum and let me know if you have any questions or ideas. I look forward to working with our AFMRD Board of Directors and all of you to carry out AFMRD’s mission!

See messages from Immediate Past President Karen Mitchell, MD.