Practicing family physicians, family medicine educators and family medicine residents who crave an opportunity to participate in evidence-based health care or public health studies that improve the nation's health may have found a fellowship opportunity that's tailor-made for them.
The James C. Puffer, M.D./American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Fellowship at the Institute of Medicine(www.nationalacademies.org) (IOM) launched in November 2010 when the ABFM seized an opportunity to partner with the IOM by establishing an endowed fellowship through a gift to the National Academy of Sciences.
"Because of the reputation of the IOM as a most credible adviser to the nation and because of the ABFM's commitment to perpetual improvements in the practice of family medicine, the board of directors of the ABFM concluded that the achievement of the organization's mission would be enabled by a permanent fellowship program through which young leadership could be developed," said Robert Phillips Jr., M.D., M.S.P.H., ABFM vice president for research and policy.
Designed to enable early career health policy and health science scholars to participate in the work of the IOM, the fellowship is open to individuals who are active in the field of family medicine and have
- Practicing family physicians, family medicine educators and family medicine residents are invited to apply for the James C. Puffer, M.D./American Board of Family Medicine Fellowship at the Institute of Medicine (IOM).
- The fellowship provides an opportunity for early career health policy and health science scholars to participate in the work of the IOM.
- This opportunity is open to individuals active in the field of family medicine who have attained a Ph.D. degree within the past 10 years, as well as to those who have received an M.D. or D.O. degree and who are within 10 years of having completed residency training in family medicine.
- attained a Ph.D. degree within the past 10 years, or
- received an M.D. or D.O. degree and are within 10 years of having completed residency training in family medicine.
Each Puffer/ABFM fellowship is awarded for a two-year period, during which the fellow will be assigned to a board of the IOM while continuing to work at his or her primary post. Fellows should plan to commit 10 percent to 20 percent of their time to the program, which includes attendance at a one-week orientation to health policy, the IOM Annual Meeting (scheduled for Oct. 20-21) and the meetings of each fellow's assigned board.
In addition, fellows will participate actively in the work of an appropriate expert study committee or round table and contribute to its reports or other products.
Each fellow selected is asked to designate a tax-exempt institution under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, which then will receive an unrestricted award of $25,000, with an expressed preference that the award be used to advance the fellow's professional and academic career.
Members of the IOM and the ABFM, as an organization, participate in identifying and nominating fellowship candidates and are seeking assistance in identifying potential nominees. Candidates should be capable of understanding relevant problems, imagining plausible solutions, and forging alliances and partnerships sufficient to solve those problems.
According to information posted on the IOM website(www.nationalacademies.org), nomination materials are due June 1, and the successful nominee will be notified on July 1.
Questions about the nomination process, including how to identify an appropriate individual to serve as a nominator, may be directed to Phillips via e-mail.
The Puffer/ABFM fellowship builds on a program created in 2005 to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the IOM's founding.