The American Board of Family Medicine is the second largest medical specialty board in the United States. Founded in 1969, the ABFM is a voluntary, not-for-profit, private organization whose mission is to improve the health of the public. The organization’s purpose is to establish and maintain standards of excellence in the specialty of family medicine, improve medical education training in family medicine, and evaluate the fitness of specialists in family medicine who apply for and hold certificates.
Founded in 1978, The Association of Departments of Family Medicine is devoted to transforming care, education, and research to promote health equity and improve the health of the nation. The organization’s Annual Winter Meeting attracts more 200 institutional leaders within larger academic medical centers who are steering innovations in clinical care delivery, education of medical students, training of residents, and research. ADFM is comprised of the Chairs (ADFM Members) and Senior Administrators (ADFM Associate Members) of Departments of Family Medicine. Current members represent 150 family medicine departments.
The Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors empowers family medicine residency program directors to achieve excellence in family medicine residency training. The AFMRD was founded in 1990 to address the needs of family medicine residency directors and the public by providing mechanisms for program directors to mutually assist each other in delivering the highest quality family medicine education.
The North American Primary Care Research Group is a multidisciplinary organization for primary care researchers. Founded in 1972 and oriented to family medicine, NAPCRG welcomes members from all primary care generalist disciplines and related fields, including epidemiology, behavioral sciences, and health services research. NAPCRG is a volunteer association of members committed to producing and disseminating new knowledge from all disciplines relevant to primary care. NAPCRG has bi-national governance (US-Canada) and international research, vision, and outreach, and is committed to a nurturing, informative, and inspiring environment for all members.
The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine seeks to transform health care through education. The Society was founded in 1967 to respond to the needs of family medicine educators. From a small beginning of 105 founding members, STFM has grown to a membership of nearly 5,000 teachers of family medicine. These teachers include medical school professors, preceptors, residency program faculty, residency program directors, and all involved in family medicine