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.

American Board of Family Medicine Foundation

The purpose of the ABFM Foundation includes, but is not limited to its controlling function to serve theAmerican Board of Family Medicine, Inc., by participating in public policy evaluation, efforts andreform and in the research and/or funding of research in or related to: (1) any and all purposes forwhich the ABFM has been formed and continues to serve; (2) improving the quality of medical careavailable to the public; (3) establishing and maintaining standards of excellence in the primary carespecialties; (4) improving the standards of medical education and training, including transformationalgraduate medical education in primary care; (5) determining by evaluation the fitness of specialists in family medicine who apply for and maintain certificates with the ABFM; (6) participation in efforts for the improvement of medical care and the physician reporting of quality information and measures,including those programs and initiatives mandated by the United States Government and governed bythe U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or other similar agencies of the United StatesGovernment; and (7) quality improvement programs and modules for primary care physicians, including but not limited to the utilization of programs and modules in multispecialty disciplines; and(8) the development of new and expanded computer architecture and programs for use in the primary care medical specialties.

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