Family Medicine

Why and When to Consider Taking a Family Medicine Board Review Course

As with most medical specialties, there has been controversy over the past decade regarding changes to the maintenance of certification process for board-certified family medicine physicians (MC-FP) and, in particular, changes to the American Board of Family Medicine’s high-stakes board exam process. Beginning in 2006, the ABFM:...
| April 21st, 2016| Family Medicine| 6 Comments|

Improve Your Recall for Medical Board Exams

Most physicians use multiple study methods to prepare for their medical board exams, and most have a multitude of tricks for remembering what they need to know — from mnemonics and anecdotes to visual memory. Did you know, though, that the very act of testing yourself can...
| July 30th, 2015| Family Medicine| 5 Comments|

What Is Family Practice Medicine?

It’s 7:30 AM, and in thousands of doctors’ offices around the country, family physicians fling wide their doors to the first patients of the day. Family practice medicine provides primary care for the entire lifespan — unlike internal medicine and pediatrics, the other two specialties that make...
| July 23rd, 2015| Family Medicine| 11 Comments|

The Nature of the Beast — Resident In-Training Exams

What Are In-Training Exams? In-training exams have been designed to assess residents’ progress in training. Two such tests are the American Board of Family Medicine In-Training Examination (ABFM-ITE) and the Internal Medicine In-Training Examination (IM-ITE). The ABFM-ITE is given annually during the last week of October and...
| July 16th, 2015| Family Medicine| 2 Comments|

ABIM Practice Improvement Modules — What Next?

The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) has been making some big changes to its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program lately, mainly in response to negative feedback from physicians. One of the changes has been to suspend the requirement for MOC Part 4, which included ABIM Practice...
| July 2nd, 2015| Family Medicine| 2 Comments|