CERA ABFM National Family Medicine Residency Outcomes Research Study

CERA, the CAFM Educational Research Alliance, is now accepting proposals for a special survey of family medicine residency program directors. Since 2016, the American Board of Family Medicine has surveyed diplomates three years after their graduation from residency on topics such as practice and work schedule, adequacy of training and scope of practice, satisfaction, and professional activity, and fed these data back to residencies to measure training outcomes. The 2018 National Graduate Survey questions are available on the ABFM website. 

The Call for Proposals is available at: http://www.stfm.org/Research/CERA/CallForProposals

More information about the Research Study:

Who: All of Academic Family Medicine through CERA with members of AFMRD and ABFM taking the lead

What: A national research study to evaluate the correlation between residency program infrastructure (such as staffing models, faculty ratios, or clinic affiliations) and curriculum (such as specific numbers of certain rotations or minimum requirements for certain procedures) features and long-term outcomes of program graduates such as scope of practice, location, work setting, and physician satisfaction.

When: This will be done by linking a July 2018 national survey of family medicine program directors about their program/curriculum with the ABFM 2021 Graduate Survey of the 2018 family medicine residency graduates. The Call for Proposals for survey questions for the program director survey is open until April 14.

Why: For two reasons: 1) Program directors and faculty with research questions about the correlation between specific family medicine residency features and specific graduate outcomes should submit a proposal for this special on-time prospective research study; 2) ALL program directors should be sure to answer the special CERA Program Directors’ Survey this July 2018 that will be linked to the 2021 ABFM Graduate Survey so that all of us in the specialty will gain information about what residency features are related to desired graduate outcomes. This could help guide curriculum and policy discussions of the future.