Join the FP Essentials™ Editorial Board

FP Essentials Seeks Editorial Board Members

The American Academy of Family Physicians is seeking two new members for the FP Essentials editorial board.

FP Essentials is a continuing medical education program for practicing primary care physicians. It has a paid circulation of more than 3,700, most of whom are AAFP members.

Each monthly FP Essentials monograph reviews a clinical topic important to physicians. The monographs follow a 3-part, 9-year curriculum cycle corresponding to the testing cycle for the American Board of Family Medicine recertification examination.

Apply for Consideration

Email your statement of interest with curriculum vitae attached to:

Barry D. Weiss, MD
Medical Editor, FP Essentials

Responses received by August 15, 2014 will receive highest consideration.

Key Qualifications for the Position

  • Excellent knowledge of state-of-the-art and future directions in clinical medicine
  • Familiarity with the concepts of and resources available in evidence-based medicine
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Attestation of being free of relevant financial relationships with the pharmaceutical industry during the 3-year term and during the preceding 12 months. (The ACCME defines "relevant financial relationships" as financial relationships in any amount, occurring within the past 12 months, including financial relationships of a spouse or life partner that could create a conflict of interest.)
  • Substantive publication record (experience as an author)

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Develop knowledge about the FP Essentials program, including all components, author instructions, and style guidelines
  • Attend yearly meetings (this year’s meeting at AAFP headquarters in Kansas City on October 17-18, 2014) of the editorial board and editors to assist with preparation of the curriculum and manage issues as they arise
  • Participate in program reviews and setting of editorial policy

Specific Topic and Content Responsibilities

The editorial board member will have responsibility for determining the specific content of up to one-fourth (ie, three editions per year) of the FP Essentials monograph curriculum as assigned by the medical editor. Editorial board members will work under supervision of the medical editor and in collaboration with other members of the editorial board and associate medical editors to complete the following tasks:

  • Determining specific monograph topic(s)
  • Performing a literature search to identify new trends and approaches to diagnosis and management of the clinical topic(s) to be discussed in the monograph
  • Writing learning objectives for the monograph
  • Preparing a general outline of the content of the monograph, including illustrative case vignettes that delineate the types of clinical issues to be addressed in the monograph and identification of key sources of evidence-based information
  • Submitting the proposed content outline for review and comment by the medical editor, other members of the editorial board, and associate medical editors
  • Revising the content outline based on comments received from the medical editor, other members of the editorial board, and associate medical editors
  • Completing the outline and providing it to the designated associate medical editor by the due date specified by FP Essentials staff
  • Serving, as needed upon request of the associate medical editor, as a peer reviewer of the monograph manuscript after submission by the author. This involves preparing a detailed written critique of the manuscript to guide authors in making necessary revisions.
  • Reviewing and commenting on CME quiz questions (that are prepared by the editors) to accompany monographs for which the board member wrote outlines.


The editorial board member will receive (a) $1,000 for each monograph outline completed, (b) $250 for each monograph manuscript reviewers, and (c) will be reimbursed for travel expenses to yearly team meetings.