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 ABFM Foundation serves the American Board of Family Medicine by supporting public policy efforts and research concerning the improvement of medical care.  The Foundation sponsors and funds a variety of quality improvement initiatives, including educational research and presentations to educate physicians on the importance of standards for quality medical care, developing software and other technology solutions for use in primary care, and maintaining standards for compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

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