Thirty-Three Sponsors Complete ABFM Performance Improvement Pilot

February 12, 2019—The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) and the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) have wrapped up a pilot program that offers Performance Improvement continuing certification credit (previously MOC Part IV) to ABFM diplomates who provide personal instruction, training, and supervision to a medical student or resident and who participate in a teaching improvement activity.

Forty-two academic units (Sponsors) were selected to participate through an application process. Thirty-three successfully completed all the requirements:

  • Albany Medical College Department of Family and Community Medicine
  • Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University
  • Cook County Family Medicine Residency Program
  • Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Kentucky
  • Department of Family and Community Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of California, Davis
  • Department of Family and Social Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center Ellen
  • Emory Department of Family & Preventive Medicine, Undergraduate Medical Education Division
  • Family Medicine Department at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
  • Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Department of Humanities, Health, and Safety
  • Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine
  • Health Alliance – Fitchburg Family Practice Residency
  • Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University Department of Family & Community Medicine
  • New York Medical College, Family Medicine Residency Program at Saint Joseph’s Medical Center, Yonkers, New York
  • Offutt Air Force Base Family Medicine Residency
  • OU-TU School of Community Medicine
  • Penn State College of Medicine University Park Regional Campus
  • Penn State Family and Community Medicine
  • Samaritan Family Medicine Residency Program
  • Trident Medical Center/Medical University of South Carolina Family Medicine Residency Program
  • TTUHSC Family and Community Medicine – Amarillo
  • UHS Wilson Family Medicine Residency
  • UND Family Medicine Residency, Fargo
  • University of California Riverside School of Medicine
  • University of Minnesota Family Medicine and Community Health Medical Student Education – Twin Cities Campus
  • University of Missouri Health Department of Family and Community Medicine
  • University of North Carolina School of Medicine
  • University of South Carolina Greenville SOM/Greenville Health System Department of Family Medicine
  • University of Texas RGV/DHR Family Medicine Residency
  • University of Utah, Department of Family & Preventive Medicine
  • Virginia Commonwealth University – Department of Family Medicine and Population Health
  • West Virginia University Eastern Campus and the Harpers Ferry Family Medicine Residency Program
  • WMU Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency – Kalamazoo

During the pilot, which ran from April through December of 2018, Sponsors worked with preceptors to:

  • Identify areas of teaching that needed improvement
  • Create aims for improvement that included desired goals and timeframes for achieving improvement
  • Conduct interventions
  • Measure improvement

To receive the performance improvement credit, preceptors also had to complete 180 1:1 teaching hours.

Based on the success of the pilot, the ABFM Performance Improvement Program will roll out to additional Sponsors in March 2019. Family medicine departments, residencies, chapters (or other academic units) that are approved by the ABFM will be able to develop and oversee the completion of performance improvement (PI) projects that meet the ABFM Family Medicine Certification requirements. 

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