Review Task Force Recommendations on Board Certification

AAFP News (07/03/18)

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) in July 2017 formed the Task Force on Board Certification in Family Medicine to address members' ongoing concerns about the American Board of Family Medicine's (ABFM's) continuing board certification process. The task force's recommendations, which have been endorsed by the AAFP Board of Directors and the Congress of Delegates, include the implementation of a new policy called "Professional Self-Regulation, Competence and Certification" that was drafted by the Academy's Commission on Continuing Professional Development (COCPD). The task force also recommends identifying more ways to share members' concerns about continuing board certification, as well as launching preliminary assessment necessary for instituting a certifying body that would most effectively serve members' needs. The AAFP Board also approved "Guiding Principles for the Evaluation of Family Medicine Specialty Certifying Boards," a protocol that also was drafted by the COCPD and was further defined by the AAFP task force. The task force's recommendations emphasize that "the health of family physicians is a necessary consideration when determining the best means for continuing board certification." Additional updates from AAFP on the board certification process are expected in the coming months.

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