The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians has been awarded an American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Constituent Chapter Pilot Grant to execute an initiative focused on delivering personalized certification planning consultation for members who are ABFM Diplomats. This will be done in conjunction with four planned group knowledge self-assessment sessions in 2020. Additionally, the chapter will plan education for residents to help prepare them for their initial certification stage out of training.
The ABFM is grateful for the opportunity to work with AAFP chapters to mutually serve AAFP members who are ABFM Diplomats or candidates in support of their certification journey. In 2019, ABFM introduced an outreach initiative that gave them the opportunity to meet with AAFP chapter executives and their members in their “home” chapters, as well as to provide enhanced and personalized education about certification activities and requirements to these physicians. The ABFM learned much from this process that has already made a positive difference in their communication strategies and programmatic planning.
- Advancing the certification process
- Supporting family physicians through the certification process
- Promoting positive professionalism
- Supporting medical education
- Transforming healthcare at the state and local levels.
A subcommittee of ABFM staff and board members had the pleasure of reviewing submissions from chapters of all sizes and from each region of the country. Ten chapters (Alaska, California, Georgia, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, and South Dakota) were selected for support in 2020-2021, encompassing a variety of exciting initiatives. The ABFM is excited to work with these chapters, learn from these chapters, and identify ways that their efforts could be replicated by other chapters through the creation of materials and processes that result from these pilots.