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J Am Board Fam Med. 2017 Sep-Oct;30(5):567-569. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2017.05.170250.

The American Board of Family Medicine: New Tools to Assist Program Directors and Graduates Achieve Success.

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From the Medical Education Division, American Academy of Family Physicians, Leawood, KS (SMK); and retired from the American Academy of Family Physicians, Delaware, OH (PAP). skozakowski@aafp.org.
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From the Medical Education Division, American Academy of Family Physicians, Leawood, KS (SMK); and retired from the American Academy of Family Physicians, Delaware, OH (PAP).

Abstract

In this commentary we review the improvements in the pass rates for first-time American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Certification Examination test takers in the context of new tools and resources for program directors against the backdrop of a changing accreditation system and increased competition for a relatively fixed number of graduate medical education positions in family medicine. While causality cannot be established between the strategic initiatives of the ABFM and higher pass rates, we can all celebrate the new tools and resources provided to residents and program directors, and the improved performance of family medicine graduates on the certification examination.

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28923807
DOI:
10.3122/jabfm.2017.05.170250
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