The AFMRD president communicates with members by posting messages on the discussion forum as well as on this website. The following are messages from President Dr. Kim Stutzman

August 10, 2022

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FROM: KIM STUTZMAN, MD, FAAFP
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

Dear AFMRD Members,

I'm pleased to announce that Mikala Moreau, C-TAGME, has accepted the position of AFMRD Executive Director. She is currently a Program Administrator over institutional GME and programs, including family medicine, in Indiana. She brings strong leadership skills and experience in residency program management. Mikala's first day will be September 1.

July 25, 2022

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FROM: KIM STUTZMAN, MD, FAAFP
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

In May 2020, ABFM released a new Family Leave Policy and Time Away from Training Guidelines for Board-Eligibility. The policy applies to all family medicine residents and fellows. On June 27, the AFMRD and ABFM hosted an informational Zoom session to address common questions related to the policy. If you weren’t able to attend the live session, I encourage you to watch the recording at https://vimeo.com/724592730/e6bafe0fd7.

We all know that residency is stressful, and the past few years have been especially challenging. It’s important that we do what we can to support residents, especially as they become parents and/or experience personal illness or illness of a family member.

June 30, 2022

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FROM: KIM STUTZMAN, MD, FAAFP
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

The AFMRD board continues to be in contact with the ACGME Review Committee for Family Medicine. Please see the below message sent out by the committee on June 28th related to dedicated time for program leadership.

While the new Program Leadership Dedicated Time Requirements go into effect on July 1, the FM-RC has communicated that because they are still working on major revisions, they are not currently citing programs for not meeting the Dedicated Time Requirements. 

Thank you for sharing your concerns! We will continue to update AFMRD members as we receive information from the ACGME.

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JUNE 28, 2022

Dear Members of the Family Medicine Community,

The ACGME Review Committee for Family Medicine has been made aware of questions and concerns within the family medicine community regarding the recently approved modifications to the Program Requirements for Family Medicine related to dedicated time for program leadership for activities related to administration of the program. Many of these questions focus on how the dedicated time requirements for family medicine compare to other specialties. As was previously communicated, the ACGME Board of Directors provided a framework and guidelines for the Review Committees to use in establishing dedicated time requirements and, over the course of the last year, each Review Committee proposed modifications to their requirements as needed to conform to the new guidelines. Each Review Committee worked independently and there is some variation in how the dedicated time requirements are structured across specialties.

Based on feedback from the family medicine community, the Review Committee for Family Medicine, in collaboration with the ACGME's Accreditation Standards team, has reexamined the guidelines and the recently revised dedicated time requirements for program leadership. Now, with a clearer understanding of what the guidelines permit, the Review Committee has determined that for mid-sized programs, there is some room for expansion. Modifications of Program Requirement II.A.2.a) will be included in the proposed major revision of the Program Requirements that will be reviewed by the ACGME Board at its September 2022 meeting.

The Review Committee for Family Medicine extends its sincere appreciation to those who voiced concern, and thanks the family medicine community for its continued support and patience as the Program Requirements are finalized and approved. The leadership and members of the Review Committee remain grateful for the privilege of serving this community.

Sincerely,

Grant Hoekzema, MD, Chair, Review Committee for Family Medicine

Colleen Cagno, MD, Vice Chair, Review Committee for Family Medicine

Eileen Anthony, Executive Director, Review Committee for Family Medicine, ACGME

June 23, 2022

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FROM: KIM STUTZMAN, MD, FAAFP
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

On June 17, 2022, the AFMRD family suffered a tragic loss when former AFMRD President, Michael F. Mazzone, MD passed away suddenly.

Dr. Mazzone graduated from Wheaton College and Jefferson Medical College. He completed his residency training under Dr. Nikitas Zervanos at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, PA. Dr. Mazzone served in the Peace Corps in Swaziland and in the U.S. Air Force before joining the faculty at Waukesha Family Medicine Residency. He served as Program Director at Waukesha for 18 years.

Dr. Mazzone joined the AFMRD Board of Directors in 2010 and served as President from 2015-16. During his time on the board, Dr. Mazzone was instrumental in advocating for new and improved evaluation and teaching tools for programs and building a more vibrant community for Program Directors to shape relationships.

Dr. Mazzone will be greatly missed especially by those who were lucky to know him. His obituary may be viewed online: https://www.gmtoday.com/the_freeman/obituaries/michael-f-mazzone/article_58f971e4-f1ae-11ec-8147-57c2402f9b4a.html

June 13, 2022

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FROM: KIM STUTZMAN, MD, FAAFP
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

As you may recall, the AFMRD partnered with the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) to develop a standardized National Graduate Survey of ABFM certified physicians practice patterns three years after residency completion. To ensure that your program will have sufficient data to create a meaningful report, we urge you to send an immediate last-minute reminder to your 2018 graduates. The 2021 survey deadline has been extended to June 30. A sample email may be found here: https://www.afmrd.org/p/cm/ld/fid=1034

Per the ABFM privacy policy, data will be shared only in aggregate and with all identifiers removed. To protect confidentiality, the ABFM will not provide programs with their own program-specific data if fewer than three graduates responded to the survey.

ABFM normally releases the results of the survey in the spring but, for this year the results will be released in fall 2022.

As you celebrate graduation, please remind your graduating residents to look for the survey in three years.

June 9, 2022

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FROM: KIM STUTZMAN, MD, FAAFP
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

For the 2023-2024 application and interview season, family medicine organizations are considering making changes to improve the experience of students and residency programs in the interview and match process. The goal is to help more students and programs find the right fit and start to improve “application fever” where students feel compelled to apply to a large number of programs. Most specialties have already implemented some of these changes starting with the 2021 or 2022 application and interview season.

The AFMRD will be hosting three August 2022 sessions for members to give input into these changes. Decisions about changes to the family medicine match will be suggested for implementation by February 2023. All changes will be optional for programs.

The following changes will be considered:

  • Improving information available to students about programs
  • The ERAS Supplemental application including preference signaling
  • Changes to interview offers
    • Single interview offer release date
    • Programs offer no more interviews than slots available and allow students 48 hours to respond
    • Continued rolling interview offers and waitlist based on availability
  • Optional “second look” visits are decoupled from ranking process

Please come to one of our three virtual town halls to provide feedback on these topics. The presenter will start with a 15-minute overview of the last five years of family medicine application and match data and then open up the session for comments and questions!

Monday, August 8, 2022 at 3pm ET/2pm CT – Download calendar invite (click on 3 dots on left side)
Thursday, August 11, 2022 at 7pm ET/6pm CT – Download calendar invite (click on 3 dots on left side)
Tuesday, August 16th at 12pm ET/11am CT - Download calendar invite (click on 3 dots on left side)

If you cannot attend, a video recording will be posted of the session on the AFMRD website with an opportunity to send in comments to the AFMRD.

We hope to see you there!

May 24, 2022

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FROM: KIM STUTZMAN, MD, FAAFP
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

The AFMRD online discussion forum (sometimes called the listserv) is a central place for members to share ideas, ask questions, voice concerns, and celebrate accomplishments. To ensure optimal use of the discussion forum, please review the AFMRD Discussion Forum Information and Guidelines document: https://www.afmrd.org/d/do/3319.

Please note these recent updates:

  • Surveys are not allowed beyond those within standard AFMRD operations (periodic member surveys, salary survey, quick hitters, or surveys related to urgent issues impacting members). Surveys generated by AFMRD members, intended for external dissemination, should survey through CERA: the CAFM Educational Research Alliance.
  • Reply to the individual alone, without contacting the entire membership when appropriate. Individual email addresses may be found by scrolling to the bottom of the email or by searching the AFMRD Member Directory.

The online discussion forum remains one of AFMRD’s most coveted member benefits and we thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to share your wisdom and ideas with fellow members! 

May 16, 2022

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FROM: KIM STUTZMAN, MD, FAAFP
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

ICYMI: Please see the below Transitions in Medical Education Toolkits recently published by the ACGME. 


In collaboration with the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), and the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), the ACGME has published new toolkits supporting the transition from residency to fellowship and from residency and fellowship to practice. These recommendations are not mandates; each residency and fellowship program will need to tailor approaches based on local needs and resources. 

Transition to Fellowship: https://www.acgme.org/globalassets/documents/covid-19/medicaleducationtransitions.residencyfellowship.pdf

Transition to Clinical Practice: https://www.acgme.org/globalassets/documents/covid-19/medicaleducationtransitions.gmetopractice.pdf

May 12, 2022

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FROM: KIM STUTZMAN, MD, FAAFP
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

After more than four years as Executive Director of the AFMRD, Deanne St. George has announced her plans to leave the AFMRD to return home to Minnesota. Her last day is May 13, 2022. The AFMRD Board of Directors thanks Ms. St. George for her dedicated service to the organization. 

Mary Theobald will serve as Interim Executive Director over the next few months as the search for the next AFMRD Executive Director takes place. Ms. Theobald brings more than 20 years of experience working with family medicine organizations, including the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, and AFMRD’s FM-NICCE pilot project. 

We wish Ms. St. George the best in her future endeavors, and we thank her for her leadership and commitment to the AFMRD!

March 29, 2022

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FROM: KIM STUTZMAN, MD, FAAFP
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS

I am honored and excited to serve as your 2022- 2023 AFMRD President. It was wonderful to see so many of you in person this past weekend.

As I mentioned in my speech at the AFMRD Annual Meeting, we have faced a lot over the past few years. However, I am confident that together we will meet the challenges we face and continue to build the best programs that we can for the communities we serve.

Thank you for being a part of the AFMRD! I look forward to being your advocate over the next year.