American Board of Family Medicine

ABFM’s primary role is to support family physicians who are committed to achieving excellence in improving the health of their patients, their families, and their communities. Certification is voluntary, requires attaining high standards and a lifelong commitment to learning and professional development.

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American Board of Family Medicine Foundation

The sole purpose of the ABFM Foundation (ABFM-F) is to support ABFM’s mission through education and research efforts that instigate, motivate, and focus projects that are aligned with the broader mission of ABFM. Recent examples include efforts to identify and evaluate quality metrics that capture the contributions of family medicine; support of Family Medicine for America’s Health; creation of a fellowship for international family physician educators to learn about best practices in family medicine education; the establishment and evaluation of the Preparing the Personal Physician for Practice and Length of Training initiatives; a national collaborative to improve onboarding of medical students and engagement of family medicine preceptors; and support for the Center for the History of Family Medicine. As of July 1, 2018, the ABFM Foundation houses the Center for Professionalism and Value in Healthcare.

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Center for Professionalism & Value in Health Care

Health care in the United States is in the midst of transformational change; professional self-regulation and the public trust are at risk. To meet this challenge, the ABFM Foundation created the Center for Professionalism & Value in Health Care, located in Washington, D.C. Robert Phillips, MD, MSPH serves as the founding Executive Director of the Center. The Center will engage the broader healthcare community, policy-makers, payers, and patients to consider the state of professionalism and value and how to measure, align, and improve them.

  • Test the state of the social contract between health professionals and the public
  • To identify relationships between burnout and shame and the inability to be professional
  • To assess growing commoditization of health professionals and the impact on professionalism
  • To understand alignment between measures of value and professionalism
  • To call out expectations of health professionals to routinely sacrifice well-being or financial solvency
  • To explore interprofessional understandings of professionalism
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