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. Steve Brown

June 3, 2020

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: STEVEN R. BROWN, MD, FAAFP
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

On May 11, 2020 the Coalition for Physician Accountability’s Work Group on Medical Students in the Class of 2021 Moving Across Institutions for Post Graduate Training made recommendations related to the impacts COVID-19 will have on the upcoming residency interview season. Five Family Medicine Organizations have responded to those recommendations through an open letter to the Family Medicine Community.

Recognizing the many challenges programs face related to training and the upcoming recruitment season, AFMRD has added new file drawers in the PD Toolbox. 2020-21 Best Practices for Residency Interviews and 2020-21 Students in the Clinical Learning Environment have been added directly below the COVID-19 drawer. We hope members will share resources in the Toolbox and continue to solicit ideas, tips and support via the AFMRD discussion forum. 

If you would like to volunteer something for these sections of the PD Toolbox contact Kathleen Ingraham or Chris Pyle.

June 2, 2020

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FROM: STEVEN R. BROWN, MD, FAAFP
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

Our Family Medicine Residencies are the hearts of our communities. Right now, our communities are suffering. As family physicians, we are suffering along with our patients and communities.

The horrific death of George Floyd is another example, in a long line of examples, of the consequences of racism in our country. Our residents, staff, and faculty are facing a range of painful emotions including grief, anger, helplessness, and fear.

As leaders we should support colleagues and residents in a way that reflects the diversity of our communities.  We must commit to having tough conversations about institutional racism and privilege. We cannot stand by and silently observe the terrible acts of violence and hatred around us. We can no longer tolerate the terrible inequities in our system.

The Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors exists to support program directors through successes and challenges.  We hope each program will find a way to address racial injustices. We hope that the AFMRD can be part of helping programs take steps forward. We are here to support each other and to help each other improve. Family physicians can lead the way.

We can and we must do better.

May 19, 2020

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: STEVEN R. BROWN, MD, FAAFP
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

Program Directors are invited to submit proposals for CERA survey questions from May 26th – June 9th.

Studies through CERA, the CAFM Educational Research Alliance, have now resulted in 102 published manuscripts and 138 completed presentations. Click here to learn more.

Please also remember to complete the current CERA survey, in your inbox now! You received an email on Monday 5/11 titled: "Spring 2020 CERA Program Directors Survey: Please complete before May 30" from rbiggs@stfm.org via Survey Monkey. Dr. Heather Paladine, one of our fellow PDs, and a member of the CERA Steering Committee reminds us “it's important to have a high response rate that so that we can have quality publishable research through CERA” and CERA helps us “to decrease the frequent, random, often lower-quality surveys that we are asked to fill out.”

May 4, 2020

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: STEVEN R. BROWN, MD, FAAFP
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

The AFMRD is accepting requests for Resident Award Certificates through June 30, 2020.  

The Resident Award for Scholarship gives family medicine residency directors the opportunity to recognize a resident who has engaged in scholarly activity. Click here to learn more about this award and submit a request. 

The Resident Award for Advocacy allows residency directors to recognize a resident who has demonstrated skills and interest in advocacy. You may view the criteria for this award and request a PDF certificate here.  

Upon request, the AFMRD will provide each family medicine residency program with an award certificate (PDF format) suitable for printing and framing. We will email your certificate to you within two weeks of your order. Please enter the recipient's name exactly as it should appear on the award certificate.

Questions? Contact Kathleen Ingraham at kingraham@aafp.org.

April 23, 2020

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: STEVEN R. BROWN, MD, FAAFP
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

The ADFM has partnered with the Annals of Family Medicine to create a blog for primary care clinicians and health care workers to share stories and resources from the frontlines of COVID-19 patient care. Please see below for the official press release, which includes information on how to pitch your own story. 

Annals of Family Medicine / ADFM Creates Blog for Primary Care Front Line Case Notes. 

April 14, 2020 9:43 am – In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Annals of Family Medicine and the Association of Departments of Family Medicine (ADFM) have created a primary care community blog for clinicians and health care workers to share personal reflections, best practices, resources, and lessons learned from the frontlines of COVID-19 patient care. 

The Annals of Family Medicine and the ADFM invite health care workers and clinicians on the front lines of primary care practice to submit COVID-19 blog posts. The stories are vetted and edited by a team of physicians and editors associated with the Annals of Family Medicine and the Association of Departments of Family Medicine.

The Annals of Family Medicine has put out a separate call for original research, open research data, practice innovations, and essays for a COVID-19 Collection, with the option of being peer-reviewed and considered for publication in the journal. Unlike that collection, the Case Notes blog is a space for non-refereed, community-based posts. Posts do not qualify as Annals of Family Medicine submissions or publications. Here’s a guide from the Annals of Family Medicine to help authors choose which publication is right for their COVID-19 submission.

How to write for the Family Medicine Case Notes from the COVID-19 Frontlines:

  1. Email your story pitch or draft submission (300-5000 words) to the blog team at covidcasenotes@umich.edu.
  2. Once it is approved, create a free Medium account and let us know your Medium handle.
  3. Compose a draft post in Medium.
  4. Submit your draft to the COVID-19 case notes blog team.
  5. The blog editorial team will review your draft, make final copy edits and online additions, and publish to the blog.

The idea for the blog arose out of family medicine listserv conversations among members of ADFM, the Annals, and the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. The group identified a need for a forum to publicly share the high volume of useful, practice-based knowledge that was circulating privately within their immediate email contacts.

The goal of the blog is to provide a centralized, community-supported forum that enables primary health care workers to share knowledge and learn from each other during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Individuals can also receive push notifications when new content is added to the Annals of Family Medicine COVID-19 collection and the Family Medicine Case Notes from the COVID-19 Frontlines blog by following @AnnFamMed on Twitter or subscribing to email updates

The Annals of Family Medicine is a peer-reviewed research journal, and it is important to note that all written posts published on the Case Notes blog will be open-access, preprint and non-peer review.

April 20, 2020

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: STEVEN R. BROWN, MD, FAAFP
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

As we continue to struggle with the challenge of COVID-19 and how it impacts our residencies, I find myself thinking a lot about physician wellbeing. The AFMRD’s Action Plan for Residency Wellness has several recommendations that seem especially important right now.

  • Accessible, confidential, affordable mental health services.
  • Appreciation for high functioning interprofessional teams
  • Make time to connect
  • Make time to reflect

I heard an audio interview with Dr. Stuart Slavin from the ACGME’s Aware Wellness series that I also found very helpful. There are lots of great tools in here for physician wellbeing. I would encourage you all to listen to this here or on Spotify under the “ACGME Aware” podcast. In particular a quote from the 24:00 mark made an impression on me, from the field of peer support: “Remember this: when you work with others in times of pain and distress, the most important thing you can give them is your loving presence.” 

I wish you all well. Please continue to connect with each other and let the AFMRD know how we can help.

April 17, 2020

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: STEVEN R. BROWN, MD, FAAFP
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

Please see the below message from ABFM President and CEO Warren Newton, MD, MPH:


Colleagues,

We understand that, with increasing numbers of hospitals/health systems going to level III status, the implications for both clinical activity and residency education are more acute than ever. We understand that the ability to meet the requirements for ABFM eligibility for Board Certification may be challenging for many residents.

ABFM is extending maximal flexibility to graduating residents. Residents will not lose board eligibility on the basis of what happens during the last four months of this academic year.

We are leaving the decision to certify each resident’s preparation for autonomous practice to you and your Clinical Competency Committee.  We will ask you to document the number of continuity visits, including virtual care visits, in the same way you do for the ACGME. We will not require training extensions this year based on a total number less than 1650.

We also understand that there have been significant shifts required in what you can offer for specific rotations.  We have full faith in you to balance clinical need and resident education and make the best choices possible. We will ask you to document  major rotation changes, but will limit documentation burden in reporting to ABFM.

The bottom line is that judgement about readiness for practice is the most important consideration as you deliberate about each graduating resident. In this time of dramatic changes in care, you know better than anyone the competence of your graduating residents. We trust you.

We know that many residents have been concerned about the inability to take the examination in April. Working with our test vendor, Prometric, we have arranged for new block for examinations—July 7-28, COVID permitting. Residents can schedule their examination now, as many already have.

We also understand that the COVID pandemic will not end on June 30, and we are committed to working with you around the residents graduating in 2021.

The AAFP is arranging for a virtual presentation on April 30 of our typical ABFM PDW podium talk. We are sorry not to have the opportunity talk with you face to face and in the halls, but we look forward to your comments about this issue and the many other challenges and opportunities our specialty faces. You can also find all of our COVID communication on our website at: https://www.theabfm.org/covid-19.

Warren Newton, MD MPH
President and CEO
American Board of Family Medicine

April 13, 2020

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: STEVEN R. BROWN, MD, FAAFP
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

I am honored to serve as your AFMRD President for 2020-2021. As I mentioned in my video address to the membership, the AFMRD is here for you and will continue to be a community inspiring and empowering each other to achieve excellence in our programs.

During this challenging time, the AFMRD is posting resources on our COVID-19 resource page and in the PD Toolbox. Please keep sharing resources, information, and ideas. Together we will see it through!

See messages from Immediate Past President Deborah S. Clements, MD, FAAFP.