ABFM, IOM Team Up to Offer Family Medicine Fellowship Opportunity

Awardees Will Actively Participate in IOM's Work

April 19, 2011 01:50 pm Barbara Bein

Practicing family physicians, family medicine educators and family medicine residents are invited to apply for a new fellowship that provides an opportunity for early career health policy and health science scholars to participate in the work of the Institute of Medicine, or IOM.

According to an April 15 news release(www.iom.edu), the IOM and the American Board of Family Medicine, or ABFM, have established the James C. Puffer, M.D./American Board of Family Medicine Fellowship to advance the careers of future family medicine leaders.

Fellowship awardees will assist in the work of an IOM study committee or roundtable for two years. In addition, fellows will be invited to attend the IOM's annual meeting and participate in a weeklong health policy-intensive orientation in Washington, D.C.

"The ABFM is honored to endow a fellowship at the prestigious Institute of Medicine which will hone the skills of today's scholars who will be tomorrow's leaders in the discipline of family medicine," ABFM Board Chair Craig Czarsty, M.D., told AAFP News Now.

"The directors were especially pleased to name the fellowship for Jim Puffer, who shepherded the ABFM into the age of maintenance of certification and who is one of the specialty's strongest advocates for quality improvement," he added.

According to the news release, fellows will be chosen based on their leadership potential in biomedical science, health care, health policy and medical professionalism. Candidates must be working in family medicine and must be nominated by a member of the IOM or a diplomate of the ABFM. In addition, they must have either received their doctoral degree -- M.D., D.O. or Ph.D. -- or completed their residency training in family medicine within the past 10 years.

Awardees are expected to commit 10 percent to 20 percent of their time to fellowship activities while continuing to serve in their current full-time positions.

Each fellow selected will be asked to designate a tax-exempt institution that 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. The stipend is to be administered through the appropriate department in the fellow's home institution.

Robert Cattoi, ABFM manager of communications, said practicing family physicians, FPs in academic settings and family medicine residents are encouraged to apply.

Interested physicians may submit a letter of interest to Marie Michnich, Ph.D., by e-mail or by phone at (202) 334-1506.

Further details about eligibility and selection criteria, as well as additional application information, are available online(iom.edu). Application packets are due June 1, and awardees will be notified on July 1.