July 03, 2018 02:19 pm News Staff – In a recent Leader Voices Blog post, AAFP President-elect John Cullen, M.D., of Valdez, Alaska, gave Academy members an update on the progress of the AAFP Task Force on Board Certification in Family Medicine.
Created in July 2017 in response to longstanding member concerns about the American Board of Family Medicine's (ABFM's) continuing board certification process, the AAFP task force was charged with
After meeting in December 2017 and January 2018, the task force developed several recommendations for consideration by the AAFP Board of Directors and the Congress of Delegates. The AAFP Board approved those recommendations during its April 23-26 meeting.
Academy members can now review those measures, thanks to a newly released report(667 KB PDF) in which the task force details the history of board certification, describes the benefits it confers -- as well as the burdens it poses -- and explores alternative means to achieve ongoing certification in family medicine.
Specifically, the AAFP Board gave a thumbs up to the following recommended actions:
Noting that both the AAFP and the ABFM "have the health of the public as their primary concern," the task force report concludes by stating unequivocally "that the health of family physicians is a necessary consideration when determining the best means for continuing board certification."
The Academy's work in this area will continue, as will similar work by the American Board of Medical Specialties' Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future initiative. Look for more updates in the coming months.
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