ABFM
ABFM Foundation
Puffer Fellowship
Pisacano Foundation

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.

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ABFM 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 boarder 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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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.

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Pisacano Leadership Foundation

The ABFM established the Pisacano Leadership Foundation in January 1991 as an enduring tribute to the ABFM founder and first Executive Director, Nicholas J. Pisacano, MD.  The goal of the Pisacano Leadership Foundation is to identify and develop future leaders who can make relevant contributions to the specialty of family medicine for generations to come. To accomplish this task, the Foundation developed the Pisacano Scholars Leadership Program. Pisacano Scholars are identified annually from among current U.S. medical students who demonstrate the highest levels of scholarship, leadership, character, interpersonal skills and community service. In addition to scholarships, the Scholars participate in symposia and leadership skills development semi-annually, along with mentoring relationships with current leaders in the field of Family Medicine. A list of current and former Pisacano Scholars can be found on the website.

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ABFM
ABFM Foundation
Puffer Fellowship
Pisacano Foundation