National Family Medicine Graduate Survey (ABFM/AFMRD Graduate Survey)

WEBINAR RECORDING: A webinar was held on April 28, 2021, to introduce the new reporting tool to programs. Click here to view the recording. 


ABOUT THE SURVEY

The AFMRD has partnered with the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) to help residency programs meet their Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) program requirement to survey their graduates.

The National Family Medicine Graduate Survey was launched in 2016 after a collaborative multi-stakeholder process and is administered to all board-certified family physicians three years out of residency. The data from this survey enables programs to better understand key features of their graduates’ clinical practice, practice environment, and satisfaction with their training. Graduate data can also show national emerging trends in practice.

Click here to see the latest National Graduate Survey report. 

The 2021 graduate survey results will be linked to a special 2018 CERA survey that you completed on education curricula. This is the first of its kind prospective study of variation in residency education and outcomes. The more graduates respond, the better our ability to determine what’s working across multiple curricular strategies. A sample email template to send to them is provided below.

A report from your 2017 graduates, with national comparisons, is now available in the Resident Training Management System (RTM).   


Email templates to use to encourage 2018 graduates to complete the 2021 survey:

Email to send mid-July

Since you are a graduate of our residency, I’m writing to personally ask that you help me improve the quality of training we provide.  I wrote you in January about the American Board of Family Medicine’s (ABFM) Graduate Survey and asked you to complete it to help me improve our residency education.  If you have not completed it already, please take 10-12 minutes to do so.  If you have completed it, thank you! 

The data you, and other recent graduates, provide will help our program in multiple ways.  First, it will help us understand what our graduates are doing in practice, how well we prepared you to practice, and allow us to compare these outcomes to other residencies in the country to see where we are doing well, and where we need to improve.  Second, the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requires family medicine residencies to survey their graduates and your responses will help us meet this requirement.  

The survey data are provided in aggregate to us in a report, but your individual responses remain blinded. The survey asks about satisfaction with training, preparation for practice, and scope of practice and should only take around 10-12 minutes to complete.  In order to complete the survey anytime this year, log on to your ABFM portfolio (https://www.theabfm.org/) and help me to continue to further improve the quality of education we provide. 

Email to send mid-October

Since you are a graduate of our residency, I’m writing to personally ask that you help me improve the quality of training we provide.  I wrote you in July about the American Board of Family Medicine’s (ABFM) Graduate Survey and asked you to complete it to help me improve our residency education.  If you have not completed it already, please take 10-12 minutes to do so.  If you have completed it, thank you! 

The data you, and other recent graduates, provide will help our program in multiple ways.  First, it will help us understand what our graduates are doing in practice, how well we prepared you to practice, and allow us to compare these outcomes to other residencies in the country to see where we are doing well, and where we need to improve.  Second, the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requires family medicine residencies to survey their graduates and your responses will help us meet this requirement.  

The survey data are provided in aggregate to us in a report, but your individual responses remain blinded. The survey asks about satisfaction with training, preparation for practice, and scope of practice and should only take around 10-12 minutes to complete.  The survey should be completed by December 31.  In order to complete the survey, log on to your ABFM portfolio (https://www.theabfm.org/) and help me to continue to further improve the quality of education we provide. 

Email to send mid-November

Since you are a graduate of our residency, I’m writing to personally ask that you help me improve the quality of training we provide.  I wrote you last month about the American Board of Family Medicine’s (ABFM) Graduate Survey and asked you to complete it to help me improve our residency education.  If you have not completed it already, please take 10-12 minutes to do so.  If you have completed it, thank you! 

The data you, and other recent graduates, provide will help our program in multiple ways.  First, it will help us understand what our graduates are doing in practice, how well we prepared you to practice, and allow us to compare these outcomes to other residencies in the country to see where we are doing well, and where we need to improve.  Second, the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requires family medicine residencies to survey their graduates and your responses will help us meet this requirement.  

The survey data are provided in aggregate to us in a report, but your individual responses remain blinded. The survey asks about satisfaction with training, preparation for practice, and scope of practice and should only take around 10-12 minutes to complete.  The survey should be completed by December 31.  In order to complete the survey, log on to your ABFM portfolio (https://www.theabfm.org/) and help me to continue to further improve the quality of education we provide. 

Email to send mid-December

Since you are a graduate of our residency, I’m writing you one last time to personally ask that you help me improve the quality of training we provide.  I’ve written you throughout the year about the American Board of Family Medicine’s (ABFM) Graduate Survey and asked you to complete it to help me improve our residency education.  If you have not completed it already, please take 10-12 minutes to do so.  If you have completed it, thank you! 

The data you, and other recent graduates, provide will help our program in multiple ways.  First, it will help us understand what our graduates are doing in practice, how well we prepared you to practice, and allow us to compare these outcomes to other residencies in the country to see where we are doing well, and where we need to improve.  Second, the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requires family medicine residencies to survey their graduates and your responses will help us meet this requirement.  

The survey data are provided in aggregate to us in a report, but your individual responses remain blinded. The survey asks about satisfaction with training, preparation for practice, and scope of practice and should only take around 10-12 minutes to complete.  The survey should be completed by December 31.  In order to complete the survey, log on to your ABFM portfolio (https://www.theabfm.org/) and help me to continue to further improve the quality of education we provide.


Email templates to use to encourage 2019 graduates to complete the 2022 survey:

Email to send mid-January 2022 (will be for 2019 graduates)

Since you are a graduate of our residency, I’m writing to personally ask that you help me improve the quality of training we provide.  In the past few days, you received an email from the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) asking you to complete a Graduate Survey.  Please take 10-12 minutes to do so.  The survey was jointly developed by the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (AFMRD) and the ABFM with input from other family medicine organizations and recent graduates.  

The data you, and other recent graduates, provide will help our program in multiple ways.  First, it will help us understand what our graduates are doing in practice, how well we prepared you to practice, and allow us to compare these outcomes to other residencies in the country to see where we are doing well, and where we need to improve.  Second, the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requires family medicine residencies to survey their graduates and your responses will help us meet this requirement.  

The survey data are provided in aggregate to us in a report, but your individual responses remain blinded. The survey asks about satisfaction with training, preparation for practice, and scope of practice and should only take around 10-12 minutes to complete.  In order to complete the survey anytime this year, log on to your ABFM portfolio (https://www.theabfm.org/) and help me to continue to further improve the quality of education we provide