Welcome New Board Members
As you may recall, Wendy Barr, MD, MPH, MSCE was elected to the President-Elect position during our April remote elections. This left the final year of her two-year Member-at-Large term open.

The board is pleased to announce that  Leon McCrea II, MD, MPH, FAAFP , has been appointed to fill this one-year position. Dr. McCrea serves as Program Director at the Family Medicine Residency Program at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. He also serves as Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Drexel University College of Medicine.

The new AFMRD Bylaws, approved by the membership in April, allowed for the board to appoint an Associate Program Director to serve a one-year term as a non-voting member. We are excited to welcome  Katina Rue, DO, FAAFP, FACOFP , as the new Associate Program Director Representative. Dr. Rue is the Associate Program Director – Osteopathic Education at Central Washington Family Medicine Residency in Yakima, WA where she also serves as the Medical Student Director.  

We look forward to working with our new board members. Welcome, Leon and Katina!
The AFMRD Board of Directors wants to hear from you.

On June 24th, there will be two one-hour sessions of an open mic updated for the current remote world. 
  1:00 PM EDT; 12:00 PM CDT; 11:00 AM MDT; 10:00 AM PDT
      8:00 PM EDT; 7:00 PM CDT; 6:00 PM MDT; 5:00 PM PDT

Steven R. Brown, MD, AFMRD Board President and Wendy Barr, MD, AFMRD President-Elect will host and moderate an open discussion for all AFMRD members.

With the cancellation of the AAFP’s Program Directors’ Workshop we all missed the opportunity to be together. These online sessions are a chance to recreate the Open Mic portion of the AFMRD Annual Meeting. 

We ask that people bring to the “mic” questions about what the AFMRD is doing, requests of the AFMRD, and worries and celebrations to be shared with the AFMRD membership. 

If you wish to submit questions ahead of time, please send them to Chris Pyle .

Each session will be recorded and posted on the AFMRD website so those unable to attend will be able to see and hear the open exchange of ideas. 
Encourage APDs to Join the AFMRD!
One of the most important benefits of being part of the AFMRD is interacting with a group of individuals who understand the professional challenges of directing a residency program and are willing to share their own unique experiences and expertise.  

We would like to encourage our program director members to invite their associate program directors to join the AFMRD. 

The AFMRD is decreasing the price of an Associate Program Director membership from $195.00 to $90.00 for the remainder of 2020. To receive the reduced rate, use this discount code, APD90 , when paying for the membership

What’s in it for them?
  • Access to the Discussion Forum and the opportunity to learn from and contribute to the vibrant conversation around the ever-changing world of family medicine graduate medical education.
  • Access to the PD Toolbox resources which help them do their jobs.
  • Various opportunities only open to AFMRD members, for example:
  • Scholarships to the AAFP’s Family Medicine Advocacy Summit
  • Eligibility for the National Institute for Program Director Development

What’s in it for you?
  • Another person in your program with eyes and ears open to the information available to and from family medicine residency programs.
  • Succession planning for your program, or simply helping a fellow physician pursue excellence in family medicine education wherever it takes them.
  • Satisfaction for passing the torch which lights the way – helping individuals, communities, and the world be healthy and happy.

How do they join?
  • Go to the Become a Member page of the AFMRD website
  • Click on the “Join Now” hyperlink next to “Associate Program Director”
  • Fill in the member profile information
  • Click OK at the bottom of the page
  • This takes you to the invoice (Cost is $90)
  • Pay with a credit card and the membership is activated immediately
  • Pay by check and the membership is activated once the check is processed by AFMRD

Any questions contact  Chris Pyle  (913.906.6361) or  Sam Pener  (913.906.6359). 
2020-2021 NIPDD Applications Will Open Soon
Applications for the 2020-2021 National Institute of Program Director Development (NIPDD) will open soon on the AFMRD website. Stay tuned for further information!
New PD Toolbox Sections - Share Your Resources
On May 11, 2020 the Coalition for Physician Accountability’s Work Group on Medical Students in the Class of 2021 Moving Across Institutions for Post Graduate Training made recommendations related to the impacts COVID-19 will have on the upcoming residency interview season. Five family medicine organizations have responded to those recommendations through   an open letter  to the family medicine community.

Recognizing the many challenges programs face related to training and the upcoming recruitment season, AFMRD has added new file drawers in the PD Toolbox.   2020-21 Best Practices for Residency Interviews  and  2020-21 Students in the Clinical Learning Environment   have been added directly below the COVID-19 drawer. We hope members will share resources in the Toolbox and continue to solicit ideas, tips and support via the AFMRD discussion forum. 

If you have resources for these sections of the PD Toolbox please send them to  Kathleen Ingraham  or  Chris Pyle .
Resident Award Certificates for Advocacy & Scholarship
The AFMRD is accepting requests for Resident Award Certificates through June 30, 2020.

The Resident Award for Scholarship  gives family medicine residency directors the opportunity to recognize a resident who has engaged in scholarly activity. Click  here  to learn more about this award and submit a request.

The Resident Award for Advocacy  allows residency directors to recognize a resident who has demonstrated skills and interest in advocacy. You may view the criteria for this award and request a PDF certificate  here

Upon request, the AFMRD will provide each family medicine residency program with an award certificate (PDF format) suitable for printing and framing. We will email your certificate to you within two weeks of your order. If you do not receive the certificate within two weeks, email Kathleen . Please enter the recipient's name exactly as it should appear on the award certificate.

Questions? Contact Kathleen Ingraham at  kingraham@aafp.org
2020 AAFP Residency Census
The American Academy of Family Physicians Residency Census is now open! You should have received instructions on how to complete the census via email. The census is a critical mechanism for family medicine residency programs and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) to obtain accurate information regarding the family physician workforce.    It is imperative that residency programs complete the census by June 30, 2020.
Again this year, residency programs have the option to enroll their residents as AAFP members when they complete the census, rather than submitting individual membership applications for each resident. Enrolling your residents through the census not only saves you time, but also gives residents quicker access to their AAFP benefits.
As always, the AAFP welcomes your comments and suggestions. If you have any questions about the online residency census, please contact the AAFP Member Resource Center at 800-247-2237 or  aafp@aafp.org  
2021 PDW and RPS Call for Proposals
Submit your proposals for 2021 PDW and RPS

Submit your proposals for workshops, posters, and showcase presentations you would like to share during the 2021 PDW and RPS Residency Education Symposium, March 5-9 in Kansas City, MO.

Complete the proposal form and submit it by July 31.

Feel free to email us if you have additional questions.
Scholarly Activity Opportunity for Residency Program Teams
The Recommended Curriculum Guidelines (CGs) library – managed by the AAFP Commission on Education, Subcommittee on Graduate Curriculum (SGC), and stored on the AAFP website ( http://www.aafp.org/cg ) – is a rich resource for residency programs. In order to keep these CGs current and relevant, a timely review and revision schedule is essential.

Reviewing and revising CGs is a great opportunity for a team of the faculty and residents from your residency program to make a meaningful contribution to family medicine education.

The topics currently up for revision include the following:
  • Allergy and Immunology (last reviewed 2015)
  • Care of the Critically Ill Adult (last reviewed 2015)
  • Chronic Pain Management (last reviewed 2015)
  • Human Behavior and Mental Health (last reviewed 2015)
  •  Nutrition (last reviewed 2017)
  • Office Laboratory Medicine (last reviewed 2015)
  • Palliative and End-of-Life Care (last reviewed 2015)
  •  Physician Leadership in Patient-Centered Medical Home (last reviewed 2015)

Credit for the revision is given to the entire residency program. Participating individual team members can claim scholarly activity for the work. Revisions will be due in late August 2020.

If you are interested in having a team from your program review one of the above CGs, please complete the Curriculum Guideline Review Application form and return it to Chris Pyle at cpyle@aafp.org by Friday, June 26, 2020. For more information about the CG review process, please see the Curriculum Review FAQ .

If you have any questions, please contact Chris Pyle at cpyle@aafp.org or 913.906.6361
News from the ACGME

The ACGME held educational webinars for program directors and program coordinators to provide an overview of ADS changes and newly added questions to assess the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on programs.
Participants learned about changes to the upcoming ADS Annual Update, including questions related to the new Common Program Requirements, and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on programs’ clinical and didactic activities and the health of residents, fellows, and faculty members. (See Distance Learning News for links to view the webcasts.)
Questions submitted during these webinars have been developed into FAQs, which are posted in the ADS Help Center under “ United States: Annual Update 2020-2021 .”
Submit additional questions to the executive director of the applicable specialty Review Committee (contact information can be found on each specialty’s section of the ACGME website) and ADS staff members ( ADS@acgme.org ).

Annual Educational Conference: Call for Sessions - The Calls for Sessions for the 2021 Annual Educational Conference are open! Session proposals are being accepted for the Educational Conference, the Coordinator Forum Pre-Conference, and the ACGME/AOGME Osteopathic Recognition Pre-Conference. Learn More and Submit a Proposal by Friday, June 26, 2020 11:59 p.m. Central

Dr. Nasca Addresses Graduating Residents and Fellows - ACGME President and CEO Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP recorded a video message for all residents and fellows completing their program this spring—in the midst of a global pandemic, while caring for patients on the front lines during an extraordinary time.

ACGME Announces Diversity and Inclusion Award for 2021 - The ACGME is proud to announce the Diversity and Inclusion Award, a new award to support efforts to achieve diversity and inclusion in graduate medical education (GME).

Impact of Transitions on Well-Being during the Pandemic - ACGME Senior Scholar for Well-Being Dr. Stuart Slavin discusses how the transitions from medical school to residency and from residency to practice have been impacted by COVID-19. To listen, search for "ACGME AWARE" on podcast platforms, including Spotify and RadioPublic, or access the podcast in Learn at ACGME .
HRSA Funding for the Development of Rural Residency Programs
The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy has just issued a notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) for the development of rural residency programs. The purpose of this program is to develop newly accredited and sustainable rural residency programs in family medicine, internal medicine, public health and general preventive medicine, psychiatry, general surgery, and obstetrics and gynecology, to support expansion of the physician workforce in rural communities.

Applications are due June 30, 2020 . Click here for more information.