American Board of Family Medicine
Founded in 1969, ABFM is a not-for-profit, private organization whose mission is to improve the health of the public through Board Certification, Residency Training, Research, Leadership Development, and promoting the development of the specialty of Family Medicine. As of summer 2018, ABFM has more than 92,000 Diplomates and is the third largest of 24 boards that make up the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Through ABMS, the specialty boards work together to establish common standards for physicians to achieve and maintain board certification.
ABFM was the first purely primary care specialty board of ABMS. ABFM administered its first Certification Examination in 1970 and was the first ABMS specialty board to issue time-limited certificates, requiring recertification every seven years over the Diplomate’s (the term used to describe a board-certified physician) professional lifespan. Other notable facts include being: the first board to require continuing medical education (CME) for re-certification; the first, and currently only, board to include other specialists on its Board of Directors; the only board that has the same standard of knowledge for initial certification as it does for recertification; among the first to have public members on its Board; and the only one to publish its own journal.
James C. Puffer, M.D. ABFM/ National Academy of Medicine Fellowship
The Puffer/ABFM Fellowship at the National Academy of Medicine was established to enable talented, early-career health policy and science scholars in family medicine to participate actively in health- and medicine-related work of the National Academies and to further their careers as future leaders in the field.
In considering qualifications for the Puffer/ABFM Fellowship, preference is given to candidates who have a demonstrated interest in and focus on health quality and health services and have an M.D., Ph.D., or D.O. The program especially welcomes nominations of under-represented minority candidates.