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

April 12, 2021

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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

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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.