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The New ABFM SAM: a Look Under the Hood

Effective July 2016, the ABFM SAM (American Board of Family Medicine Self-Assessment Modules for Maintenance of Certification) have undergone important changes. The ABFM Family Medicine Certification process is designed to measure physician performance, enforce a standard of quality health care, and encourage physicians to develop a habit...
| September 22nd, 2016| Family Medicine| 7 Comments|

Across the Board: Changes to Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

Maintenance of Certification (MOC) has been controversial, but most physicians agree that it is important to participate in continuous learning as evidence-based medicine, drugs, and technologies are innovating rapidly. Feedback from physicians in practice is driving adjustments to MOC programs in the American Board of Internal Medicine...
| August 18th, 2016| Family Medicine| 5 Comments|

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| 2 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| 6 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|