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. Deb Clements


July 15, 2019

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: DEB CLEMENTS, MD, FAAFP
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

Do you know a resident interested in having a voice in family medicine residency education? Encourage them to run to be the next Resident Representative to the AFMRD at AAFP’s National Conference. More information including how to apply and required attendance at meetings may be found on the AAFP website.

There are several national leadership positions open for residents. Click here to see them all. 

July 1, 2019

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: DEB CLEMENTS, MD, FAAFP
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

Residency Explorer is a new, free resource that allows applicants to research individual residency programs in several specialties and to compare themselves to applicants who previously matched at those programs. Residency Explorer offers verified data from the AAMC and the NRMP as an alternative to crowdsourced resources that may not be reliable or trustworthy. This tool is intended to help students develop a reasonable list of programs for further investigation. It does not predict where a student may match to a residency program. Program directors may also access the tool, with the same functionality as the applicants. Residency Explorer is a working prototype, which means that not all the features and functions are fully developed yet. After summer 2019, the value of the tool for applicants, schools and programs will be evaluated. Feedback about the data and features of Residency Explorer can be provided by clicking on the ‘Feedback’ link in the top navigation bar on the website and typing in feedback details. 

June 24, 2019

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: DEB CLEMENTS, MD, FAAFP
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

The AFMRD online discussion forum is a vital place for members to share ideas, ask questions, voice concerns, and celebrate accomplishments. With the start of a new academic year, we’d like to share a few guidelines to ensure optimal use of the discussion forum. Please review the AFMRD Discussion Forum Information and Guidelines document. This document also includes a list of those who have access to the discussion forum.

The online discussion forum remains one of AFMRD’s most coveted member benefits and we thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to share your wisdom and ideas with fellow members!

June 20, 2019

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: DEB CLEMENTS, MD, FAAFP
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

The preliminary recommendations for possible changes to USMLE score reporting have been posted online. The USMLE is asking for feedback during the public comment period, which ends July 26, 2019. The AFMRD Board of Directors will review these proposed changes and will prepare a response. Members may submit comments to AFMRD for the board to review and incorporate into the AFMRD’s response to these proposed changes. Please submit comments to the AFMRD by July 17th.

Individuals are also encouraged to review the proposed changes and submit comments directly to the USMLE. You may find the comment form here.  

Links:
THE CONVERSATION CONTINUES: Exploring Possible Changes to USMLE Score Reporting
Preliminary Recommendations
Submit comments to AFMRD
Submit comments directly to USMLE

June 19, 2019

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: DEB CLEMENTS, MD, FAAFP
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

The updated ACGME Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Family Medicine are now posted. These requirements will be effective July 1, 2019.  You may view them here: https://acgme.org/Portals/0/PFAssets/ProgramRequirements/120_FamilyMedicine_2019.pdf?ver=2019-06-13-073936-407.

Please note that the amount of Program Director protected administrative time has changed based upon the size of a program (Section II.A.2). This component does not include educational time or clinical time. In addition, the requirements have added Associate Program Director protected administrative time, which will also be based upon program size. Specified teaching/education time for Program Directors and core faculty was eliminated as a defined percentage.

Prior to the final approval, I testified before the ACGME Committee on Requirements alongside Karen Mitchell, MD, FAAFP, Director, Division of Medical Education for the AAFP (testifying on behalf of AAFP, STFM, and ADFM), and Warren Newton, MD, MPH, ABFM President and CEO. I shared AFMRD’s concerns with the proposed changes to eliminate specified administrative and teaching time with the committee and the possible impact on our ability to effectively manage our programs. 

A new FAQ document highlighting questions related to the new requirements will be posted by July 1, 2019, also on the ACGME website.

June 11, 2019

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: DEB CLEMENTS, MD, FAAFP
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

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).

June 3, 2019

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: DEB CLEMENTS, MD, FAAFP
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

Are you a program director who has recently left your position or is planning on leaving in the next 3 months?  If so, AFMRD staff would like to hear from you!

Program Director Tenure Study
The AFMRD has embarked on a research project with the AAFP’s National Research Network to study the duration program directors remain in their position and the reasons for their departure.  A nationally recognized qualitative researcher will interview departing program directors to assess important factors in an IRB approved research study. You may read more about this study on the AFMRD website. Members are needed to help us gather this important data!

Contact AFMRD
If you are a program director that has left your position within the last six months or are leaving within the next three months, please email Sam Pener spener@aafp.org  This includes program directors who have changed programs.

May 21, 2019

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: DEB CLEMENTS, MD, FAAFP
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

Recipients of the AFMRD Family Medicine Advocacy Summit (FMAS) scholarships were in Washington, DC earlier this week learning about legislative issues facing family medicine and best practices for advocacy. Topics of discussion include payment innovations, healthcare in the media, rural health disparities, primary care investment, and innovations to modernize Graduate Medical Education. Our AFMRD scholars had the chance to use these skills with federal legislators and their staff during visits to congressional offices.

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AFMRD BOD members and scholarship winners.

May 7, 2019

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: DEB CLEMENTS, MD, FAAFP
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) is hosting a pre-conference workshop for those new to the Match. This workshop will be especially useful for new program directors who would like to better understand the Match process. Topics include:

  • The matching algorithm
  • The Registration, Ranking, and Results (R3) system
  • Match policies and procedures
  • Match Week and the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP)

The workshop takes place on Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 8am -12pm prior to the 2019 Transition to Residency conference in Chicago, Illinois.

More information can be found at nrmpconference.org

April 30, 2019

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: DEB CLEMENTS, MD, FAAFP
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

The AAFP recently published a new Family Medicine Residency Curriculum Guideline, “Physician Well-being” This guide was authored by Steve Brown, MD, FAAFP, and Christine (Tina) Runyan, PhD, ABPP. Along with AAFP, the authors collaborated with the AFMRD Wellness Task Force and the STFM Task Force on Resident Wellness. Click here to view this new curriculum guideline.

Residency program curriculum guidelines are endorsed by the AAFP and align with educational competencies as defined by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).  Curriculum guidelines provide useful strategies to help residency programs form their curricula for educating family physicians. Currently, the AAFP has a group of guidelines that are up for review. If your program would like to apply to be the team to review/revise one of these guidelines, please contact Chris Pyle (cpyle@aafp.org).

You can view all completed guidelines on the AAFP website.

April 25, 2019

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: DEB CLEMENTS, MD, FAAFP
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

Graduate Survey reports are now live! You can find a report from your 2015 graduates, with national comparisons, in the Resident Training Management (RTM) system.

Understanding the scope of practice and success of family medicine residency graduates once they are out in practice is a crucial step in improving residency education. Residency programs are required by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to survey their graduates and this survey will meet those requirements and allow you to compare the training outcomes of your residents to national averages.

To ensure ABFM Diplomate confidentiality, and similar to the board score Residency Program Performance Summary reports, we have censured residency-specific reports when fewer than three graduates from a residency responded.  In these cases, you will see a national report without your residency specific data. 

Last year, over 10 programs were provided combined rolling reports from the 2016 and 2017 surveys to provide them residency specific numbers.  With the number of responses varying by year, over 3 years of surveys, only 12 programs will not have a residency report in any year. The ABFM will reach out to these programs to determine how data may be shared with them.

We hope you log on to RTM and review your report and the feedback on your graduates it will provide.  The 2019 survey is already underway for 2016 graduates. You can find email reminder templates to send to graduates on the AFMRD website.

April 16, 2019

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: DEB CLEMENTS, MD, FAAFP
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

I am extremely honored and excited to serve as AFMRD President during the upcoming year. It was great to see so many of you at our recent annual meeting and I appreciate all the support and ideas you have offered. It is an exciting and challenging time in Graduate Medical Education and I look forward to working with all of you to advocate for the needs of our members and to continue to advance the mission of our organization. Thank you for being a part of the AFMRD!

See messages from Immediate Past President Fred Miser, MD, MA, FAAFP.