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.


January 9, 2019

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

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

The deadline to apply for the 2019 Program Director Recognition Awards is quickly approaching! This award recognizes the unique roles and responsibilities of program directors. The AFMRD is currently accepting applications for the three levels of the award (gold, silver, and bronze). Click here to view criteria for the various levels.

Applications will be accepted through January 25, 2019.

December 17, 2018

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

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

With sincere appreciation for your dedication and loyalty to AFMRD, I wish you all the joys of this holiday season. It has been a wonderful, productive year for AFMRD and I look forward to all the progress we will make in 2019. 

We have a few important upcoming dates for members. Check them out below:

December 24, 2018- January 1, 2019: AFMRD Offices will be closed for the holidays.

December 31, 2018: Membership renewals are due.

January 8, 2019: Last day to apply for FMAS Scholarship. Encourage your residents to apply. Members are also urged to apply!

January 25, 2019: Last day to apply for a Program Director Recognition Award.

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

December 7, 2018

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

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

Dear Program Directors,

As you may recall, AFMRD partnered with the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) to develop a standardized National Graduate Survey of ABFM certified physicians three years after residency completion. To ensure that your program will have sufficient data to create a meaningful report, we urge you to send an immediate last-minute reminder to your 2015 graduates. The survey deadline is December 31. Per the ABFM privacy policy, data will be shared only in aggregate and with all identifiers removed. To protect confidentiality, the ABFM will not provide programs with their own program-specific data in 2019 if fewer than 3 graduates responded to the survey; instead, they will get data in 2020 on combined results over two years. ABFM normally releases the results of the survey around the time of AAFP's Program Directors Workshop in the spring.

The information from the survey will be used to create aggregate reports for each residency class’s satisfaction with training, preparation for practice, and scope of practice, intended to be shared with the residency program. The programs can then use the information to improve the quality of residency training. This will fulfill the ACGME RC-FM requirement for programs to conduct a graduate survey.

Below is a sample email to send to your graduates, encouraging them to complete the survey. Feel free to modify as needed for your program.

Thank you for your attention to this matter to help make the National Graduate Survey a success.


SAMPLE EMAIL TO GRADUATES

As a graduate of our program, I am writing to ask that you complete the American Board of Family Medicine’s (ABFM) Graduate Survey to help me improve our residency education. If you have not completed it already, please take 10-12 minutes to do so. If you have completed it, thank you!

The survey was jointly developed by the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (AFMRD) and the ABFM with input from other family medicine organizations and recent graduates. The data you, and other recent graduates, provide will help our program in multiple ways. First, it will help us understand what our graduates are doing in practice, how well we prepared you to practice, and allow us to compare these outcomes to other residencies in the country to see where we are doing well, and where we need to improve. Second, the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requires family medicine residencies to survey their graduates and your responses will help us meet this requirement. 

The survey asks about satisfaction with training, preparation for practice, and scope of practice and should only take around 10-12 minutes to complete. The survey should be completed by December 31.  Please log on to your ABFM portfolio (https://www.theabfm.org/) and help me to continue to further improve the quality of the education we provide.

December 3, 2018

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

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

You deserve to be recognized! Applications for the 2019 Program Director Recognition Awards are now being accepted. This award acknowledges the unique roles and responsibilities of program directors. The AFMRD is currently accepting applications for the three levels of the award (gold, silver, and bronze). Click here to view criteria for the various levels.

Award applications must be received by January 25, 2019.

November 19, 2018

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

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

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and can take time away from the busy recruitment season to celebrate with loved ones. I am grateful for many things, including the privilege to serve as AFMRD President. It’s an honor to work with dedicated and supportive members, board members, and committee and task force volunteers. Thank you for continuing to share your wisdom, inspiration, and guidance. AFMRD is stronger because of you!

 

November 6, 2018

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

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

AFMRD is pleased to once again offer scholarships for members and residents to attend the Family Medicine Advocacy Summit (FMAS) May 20-21, 2019. FMAS educates participants on family medicine’s legislative priority issues, trains attendees on how to lobby in their own communities and on Capitol Hill and allows participants to put these skills to use with federal legislators and their staff.

This year, the AFMRD Board of Directors has elected to increase the total amount reimbursed. Scholarship recipients will be reimbursed up to $2,500 for approved FMAS travel, lodging, meals, and registration expenses. In addition, we have increased the number of scholarships. Scholarships are available for up to 3 AFMRD members, 11 residents, and 1 member of our current NIPDD fellowship.

Applications will be accepted until January 8, 2019.  Click here for more information.

 

October 26, 2018

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

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

The AFMRD Board of Directors is excited to offer a second cohort of the Clinic First Collaborative for programs interested in improving the clinic experience for residents and patients. This collaborative, led by staff from the University of California San Francisco Center for Excellence in Primary Care (CEPC), focuses on the Clinic First residency paradigm. 

The collaborative will kick off with a required meeting February 11-12, 2019 in Kansas City , MO and will continue for 10 months with remote activities between programs and the CEPC staff. 

Click here for more information. Applications will be accepted until November 12th.

October 19, 2018

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

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

How does your program identify those applicants who really want to be family physicians? The investment our family medicine residency programs make in recruiting is significant and being able to find those students genuinely interested in family medicine can help ease some of the frustrations programs have come Match time. This can be done through developing interview questions that get to the heart of the values that are important to you, making personal connections with students, evaluating future residents, and marketing your program to attract those with a passion for family medicine.

I hope this interview season goes well for all. Remember, we are all in this together! Feel free to share tips and resources with each other as we navigate this busy season. 

October 5, 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), including the STFM, ADFM, AFMRD and the NAPCRG has begun implementing recommendations from the Leadership Development Task Force to increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities (URM) rising to leadership positions in academic family medicine.

Currently, three main activities are underway:

  • The CAFM taskforce developed tools to enhance mentoring of individuals along their own leadership pathways in academic family medicine
  • Active engagement of CAFM organizations is underway to communicate across CAFM organizations (and across our constituents) about this initiative and current leadership development opportunities
  • CAFM has agreed to work collaboratively to gather individual level, identifiable data to define our current baseline, and set benchmarks to measure progress over time 

In the coming months, we will be providing updates on this project, including updates to AFMRD member profile and data collection.

September 24, 2018

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

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

The deadline to nominate a program director for the 2019 Nikitas J. Zervanos Outstanding Program Director Award is quickly approaching! Residency directors, faculty, residents, or a state chapter of the AAFP may nominate a program director who has made a lasting impact on the community they serve. Click here to review the nominee eligibility criteria. Nominations are accepted through October 1, 2018.  

September 19, 2018

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

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

Need a break from going through all those ERAS applications?  Don’t forget to complete the CERA Special Survey! This important survey will be linked to the Graduate Survey for the Class of 2018 when they complete the survey in 2021. This is a unique opportunity for us to look at the results of our training programs on our graduates' practices. The survey is designed to answer questions about ACGME Requirements, curricular design/requirements, residency training site characteristics and their impact of graduate scope of practice, wellness, and satisfaction. To have meaningful results, we need as many people as possible to participate. If you have not completed the survey, check your email. You should have received a survey invitation from rbiggs@STFM.org with the subject line: Residency Outcomes Research Study: A Special CERA Survey Needs Your Input.  Thank you for completing this.

September 13, 2018

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

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

The AFMRD Board of Directors spent several productive days in Indianapolis last week. Topics of discussion included a review of our AFMRD Strategic Plan, how to help programs facing possible closure, GME funding and policy, updates on the AFMRD Clinic First and FM-NICCE initiatives, Common Program Requirements, the 2019 PDW/RPS conference, enhancing the Program Director toolbox, diversity and health equity, and updates from Working Party, among other things.  Details about some of these will be shared later.  We hope that our efforts in Indianapolis will help to strengthen our mission to inspire and empower family medicine residency program directors.  


August 29, 2018

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

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

The Family Medicine Residency Curriculum Resource (RCR) continues to grow and improve. This collaboration between the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (AFMRD) and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) offers more than 170 peer-reviewed, case-based curriculum units aimed at helping residency programs cover the vast content knowledge required of a well-trained family doctor. Click here to learn more about purchasing a subscription.  

As robust as the curriculum is there are still opportunities for programs to get scholarly activity by contributing to the RCR. Find out how you can contribute to this treasure trove of learning materials for family medicine residency education by clicking here.   

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.