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. Wendy Barr

June 22, 2021

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: WENDY BARR, MD, MPH, MSCE
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

Dear Members –

We are sharing the below message from the ABFM concerning what Residency Directors are being asked to do this year as they sign off on resident’s eligibility for Board Certification. We will continue to keep you informed of any changes or updates we hear about.


 Colleagues,

 Greetings, colleagues, and I wish you well as you say goodbye and hello to the new residents.

 I write to let you know you about what ABFM will ask you for this year as you “sign off” on residents’ eligibility for ABFM Board Certification.

 As of June 15th, the platform for certifying residents has opened up in the residency management system. We will again be asking you to certify that each resident has completed the residency and is ready for autonomous practice. Those are the key issues for ABFM Board Eligibility this year.

 As we all know, the COVID pandemic has significantly impacted the clinical experience of residents. Like last year, you will also be asked about the number of total continuity visits, both face to face and televisits. The format of this question will be similar to last year.                                     

We will have two other yes/no questions.  As you know, ABFM is keenly interested in the clinical learning environment and institutional support of dedicated time for residency education. 

  • The first question asks you whether your Program Director and Associate Program Director have been given the appropriate amount of dedicated residency administrative and educational time according to the current residency standards.

 II.A.2.  At a minimum, the program director must be provided with the salary support required to devote 50 percent FTE of non-clinical time to the administration of the program. Additional support for nonclinical time for administration of the program for the program director and the associate program director(s) must be provided based on program size. 

The chart on pages 9-10 of the standards specifies the FTE for PDs and the number and aggregate FTE for associate program directors. For the average size residency, from 6-6-6 to 8-8-8, the total FTE is 1.0. 

What is the time for?

  II.A.4. Program Director Responsibilities: The program director must have responsibility, authority, and accountability for: administration and operations; teaching and scholarly activity; resident recruitment and selection, evaluation, and promotion of residents, and disciplinary action; supervision of residents; and resident education in the context of patient care. (Core) 

  • The second yes/no question is whether your sponsoring institution provides support for dedicated educational and administrative time beyond that for the Residency Director and Associate Residency Director. This could include time for core faculty for residency education, but should not include personal clinical time or precepting time.

 All information will be confidential and reported only in the aggregate. ABFM will use in advocating for dedicated time for education.

 Thank you, as always, for your devotion to your residents and to our specialty. Kathy Botner and all of us at ABFM are available for questions.

 Warren

Warren  Newton, MD MPH
President and CEO
ABFM 

June 14, 2021

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: WENDY BARR, MD, MPH, MSCE
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

Family medicine faculty face increasing expectations for clinical productivity, likely a product of health systems under pressure to address shrinking operating margins, the need for a larger workforce to meet primary care needs in the health care system, and declining physician clinical productivity. A task force convened by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) created national guidelines to protect nonclinical time for family medicine faculty.  Faculty require nonclinical time for essential residency activities that ensure the safety of current and future patients and fulfill accreditation requirements such as resident development, curriculum creation and maintenance, program assessment, and scholarship.

These guidelines were presented at the AAFP Residency Leadership Summit in March 2021 and have now been published. They have been endorsed by family medicine organizations, including the AFMRD.

You may view the guidelines here: https://journals.stfm.org/familymedicine/2021/june/griesbach-2021-0017/

May 24, 2021

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: WENDY BARR, MD, MPH, MSCE
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

The AFMRD has been invited by the American Board of Family Medicine to nominate two individuals for a new advisory panel to assist with the development of a new blueprint for the ABFM Certification Examination. 

The intent of the ABFM examination is to assess whether a candidate demonstrated the cognitive expertise necessary to become an American Board of Family Medicine Diplomate (Board-certified). 

The last major revision of the ABFM blueprint made the transition from a specialty-based framework to one based on organ systems. It has been grounded in an empiric description of what family physicians do as captured by groups of practicing physicians and representative national data. The new blueprint will be built around the clinical activities of family physicians as framed by the Family Medicine Entrustable Professional Activities. It will allow attention to priority clinical and public health problems, permit some customization, and will facilitate better formative feedback. We plan an extensive formal validation process. 

The panel will be advisory to the ABFM Examination committee and the ABFM Board of Directors. It will review and advise on the design and validation of the new blueprint. We anticipate that the panel will meet a total of 3-4 times over 2 years, starting in the summer of 2021, with the new examination coming online in the spring of 2024.

Panel members must be ABFM Board Certified.  A small honorarium will be paid along with all required expenses for travel when needed.

Nominees should practice full-spectrum care and have experience in assessment and evaluation. Members interested in being nominated to the panel by the AFMRD, should submit a completed application by June 2, 2021.

May 3, 2021

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: WENDY BARR, MD, MPH, MSCE
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

Don’t forget to complete the CERA Program Director's survey by May 5, 2021. You should have received an email from rbiggs@stfm.org via Survey Monkey. Please be sure to check your SPAM folder.

The survey topics for this survey include Virtual Residency Interviews, Well-being Curriculum Development, Public Health Interventions Training, and Musculoskeletal and Sports Medicine Training. It takes about 10-15 minutes to complete. 

CERA, the CAFM Educational Research Alliance, focuses on and supports medical education research. Data from these surveys further our voice by generating scholarly work that answers the difficult questions. To date, CERA studies have resulted in 118 published manuscripts and 153 scholarly presentations. Completion of this survey allows scholarly activity for faculty and residents by providing centralized infrastructure to produce research, facilitating collaboration, and providing training and mentorship in educational research methods.

Many thanks to those of you who have already completed this survey. For those who haven't, please consider taking a few minutes to help your colleagues with their research.

More information on CERA may be found herehttps://stfm.org/publicationsresearch/cera/cera/ 

April 12, 2021

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: WENDY BARR, MD, MPH, MSCE
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

The AFMRD is holding a second Mentor Monday via Zoom today!  Join us from 11 am-12 pm CDT for a short presentation and Q&A with Leon McCrea, MD, MPH. Dr. McCrea will present on two topics:

  • Leadership Development
  • Diversity & Health Equity 

This session is created with new PDs in mind, but all members are welcome.

A link to join can be found here: https://www.afmrd.org/page/mentormonday

The session will be recorded for those who are unable to attend. 

March 29, 2021

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: WENDY BARR, MD, MPH, MSCE
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

As you know, the AFMRD has worked closely with other family medicine organizations to help inform the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) as they work on a major revision of residency requirements for Family Medicine. Dialogue amongst the specialty occurred throughout the summer and fall of 2020. Several themes emerged from these discussions that provide insights into the family physicians of the future and their practice.

The Review Committee for Family Medicine (RC-FM) has prepared a summary of the themes and insights and is asking for feedback. Please review The Summary Themes and Insights document. Once you have reviewed this document, you may submit responses to these follow-up questions:

  1. What, if any, additional educational experiences should be considered in support of meeting the aspirational definition of the family physician, as proposed above?
  2. Describe any potential challenges your program might face in providing the experiences described above. What additional resources might be required to support implementation of these experiences?
  3. In addition to the themes and strategies described, what, if any, additional issues would you like to see addressed in the new program requirements?

All responses must be submitted using the Comment Form. You will email your completed form to fmcallforcomments@acgme.org by April 23, 2021

The AFMRD Board of Directors will also review the summary document and provide an organizational response. Members are invited to share their reactions to these proposed changes with the Board in addition to submitting an individual response. Click here to submit your comments to the AFMRD by April 9, 2021.  

Your responses are critical to help guide the RC-FM as they determine specialty requirements to meet the goals for the future of family medicine.

Here's the official call from the ACGME:

CALL FOR COMMENTS

SHAPING GME: FUTURE OF FAMILY MEDICINE
Every 10 years, Review Committees are required to review their specialty Program Requirements to determine necessary revisions. The ACGME Board of Directors has approved a new process for all such major revisions going forward. This new process, scenario-based strategic planning, involved the Review Committee for Family Medicine, along with members of the family medicine community, leaders from other specialties (surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology), as well as advanced practice providers, public safety experts, and government agencies (HRSA), rigorously and creatively thinking about what the specialty of family medicine will look like in the future (recognizing that the future is marked with significant uncertainty). From this process, the Review Committee will propose revisions to the requirements that will prepare the learners for current practice and generations to come. 

The Review Committee needs your feedback. Please review The Summary Themes and Insights document provided, and then submit responses to the follow-up questions below as instructed.

Submit your responses in the form provided to fmcallforcomments@acgme.org, by April 23, 2021. Your responses are critical to help guide the Committee as they determine specialty requirements to meet the goals for the future of family medicine.

 The link to the whole call for comments is: https://www.acgme.org/Specialties/Overview/pfcatid/8/Family-Medicine

March 22, 2021

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: WENDY BARR, MD, MPH, MSCE
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

The ACGME Task Force on Dedicated Time recently proposed focused revisions to the Common Program Requirements that would allow for Review Committees to develop requirements related to support for core faculty members as well as program directors, associate program directors and program coordinators. These proposed revisions are now open for public comment until March 31s.

The AFMRD and other family medicine organizations have been actively advocating to allow the Review Committees to further specify the amount of time core faculty must dedicate to residency programs. This change is particularly important in that it empowers our RC-FM to allow for adequate time for the numerous roles our faculty must fulfill to train the next generation of family physicians for safe and effective practice. We need as many individuals as possible to tell the ACGME that they support this change.

Please show your support for these changes during the open comment period, which closes on March 31, 2021. The more feedback the ACGME receives in support of these changes, the more they will understand the importance of these changes for the health of programs. Individual responses may be submitted to cprrevision@acgme.org using the Review and Comment Form. You may use the General Comments field to state the overall support for allowing Review Committees to develop requirements related to program director, associate program director, core faculty and coordinator dedicated time. Note that comments are open only for dedicated time proposals, not for any other program requirements.

 

Links:

Focused Revision to Common Program Requirements (Residency): https://www.acgme.org/Portals/0/PFAssets/ReviewandComment/RC/CPRResidency_2021-02-15_RC.pdf

Impact Statement: https://www.acgme.org/Portals/0/PFAssets/ReviewandComment/RC/CPR_2021-02-15_Impact.pdf

Review and Comment Form: https://www.acgme.org/Portals/0/PFAssets/ReviewandComment/CPR_Comment_Form_2021.docx

March 15, 2021

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: WENDY BARR, MD, MPH, MSCE
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

The AFMRD Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Karen Olmos, MD, MPH to the Associate Program Director Representative position. AFMRD Bylaws approved by the membership in 2020 allow for the Board to appoint an APD to serve a one-year term as a non-voting member.

Dr. Olmos serves as the Associate Program Director at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

“I am looking forward to learning from this inspiring group of physician leaders to help advocate for our learners and contribute to the innovation needed to meet their needs,” Dr. Olmos said, “What brought me to Family Medicine and continues to be my passion is providing high quality care to urban underserved communities, like the ones I grew up in. I am also passionate about training our residents to provide comprehensive gynecologic care, contraceptive management, and prenatal care to our patients, in addition to improving the care we provide to patients who identify as LGBTQ+.”

Welcome to the AFMRD Board, Dr. Olmos! We look forward to working with you.

March 6, 2021

AFMRD PREZ RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: WENDY BARR, MD, MPH, MSCE
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

Congratulations to the newly-elected AFMRD Board Members! Kim Stutzman, MD has been elected President-Elect (to hold office as President in 2022-2023, and Immediate Past President in 2023-2024). Our newly-elected Member-at-Large directors are Sarah Cole, DO, FAAFP, Kelsie Kelly, MD, MPH, and John Waits, MD.

Many thanks to all candidates for their willingness to stand for election. We had an impressive slate of candidates and were inspired to see so many members willing to dedicate their time to the AFMRD.

Steven R. Brown, MD, FAAFP is now AFMRD Immediate Past President. Thank you, Steve, for serving us so well during this challenging year.

I am honored to serve as your 2021-2022 AFMRD President and look forward to working with all of you.

Wendy

Wendy Barr, MD, MPH, MSCE
2021-2022 AFMRD President

See messages from Immediate Past President Steven R. Brown, MD, FAAFP.