The National Institute for Program Director Development (NIPDD) was designed, as its name implies, to develop and train family medicine residency directors. There remains a relatively high turnover in program directors each year (12-17% per ACGME data).

In the past, acceptance into NIPDD was determined only on a first come, first served basis. The class capacity typically filled within just a few days. However, this process did not allow for any screening of registrants.

To ensure that those who are in or specifically training for the role of program director have first access to the NIPDD Fellowship, the application process has changed.

  • Current AFMRD members will be notified that the NIPDD online application is available.
  • Partners such as STFM and ADFM will notify their members that the NIPDD online application is available.
  • Applications will be accepted over a two-week period. At the end of that two weeks, the applicants will be screened and prioritized based on a set of criteria in the following order:
    1. Current program directors of  ACGME accredited programs
    2. Current program directors of developing programs
    3. Current associate program directors (including site directors of rural tracks)
    4. Faculty with more than 3 years of experience
    5. Other (medical directors, fellowship directors, etc.)
  • If there are more than 60 applicants meeting the criteria, those who applied earliest will receive preference.
  • One week following the close of the application process, the class roster will be announced and applicants will be notified whether or not they were accepted. At that time, those accepted into the fellowship may pay by credit card or check. Payment will be required three weeks in advance of the first session.  The tuition fee is $5,500.00. 
  • Those who were not accepted may choose to be placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations.
  • NEW! All NIPDD participants must be members of AFMRD. 

In this time of change in healthcare and graduate medical education, our goal is to make the NIPDD Fellowship a high-quality and relevant experience for those who need it most.

The application period for the 2019-2020 fellowship is now closed. Check back in mid-June 2020 for the 2020-2021 application period.

If you have any questions please contact Sam Pener.