Timeline of Important Events in AFMRD History

1947
The American Academy of General Practice (later Family Physicians) is established. By the following year, residencies in general practice begin to develop.

Dec. 1968
House of Delegates of the AMA at its Clinical Convention approves the "Essentials" for Residency Training in Family Practice; under these essentials, the first 15 family practice residencies are given provisional approval.

Feb. 1969
Family Practice is approved as the twentieth primary specialty in American medicine. 

1987-1988
Open discussion forums and a survey of directors show many support the idea of a separate organization to represent the needs and interests of residency directors.

June 1989
Steering committee meets and establishes a set of six goals for the prospective organization:  1) to establish for representation of community-based residency program on the RRC-FP; 2) to establish a voice in existing organizations; 3) to begin lobbying in Washington, DC; 4) to preserve ties with the AAFP; 5) to begin a dialogue among program directors to establish what they wanted from an organization; and 6) to offer membership for all program directors, one vote each, to also include a proxy mechanism.

July 1989
AAFP reaffirms support for the new organization at meeting with AAFP Commission on Education.

Nov. 1989
Three names chosen to put to a vote at the June 1990 Program Directors Workshop: (a) Association of Family Practice Residency Directors; (b) Association of Residency Directors in Family Practice; and (c) Family Practice Residency Directors Association.

1990
First board of directors elected at the Program Directors Workshop include: President: Richard H. Layton, MD; President-elect: Stephen Brunton, MD; Immediate past President: Alvin J. Haley, MD; Secretary/Treasurer: Penelope K. Tippy, MD; Members at large: Elizabeth A. Burns, MD; Norman B. Kahn, Jr., MD; and Mary Willard, MD.

Aug. 1990
Articles of incorporation filed in Missouri for the Association of Family Practice (later Medicine) Residency Directors (AFPRD).

1993
AFPRD members approve a series of principles for reform of the "Special Requirements for Residency Training in Family Practice," which include sections on curriculum definition, family practice faculty, removal of arbitrary time limits, and movement towards a competency-based curriculum.

1994
Creation of the National Institute for Program Director Development (NIPDD) that includes three structured learning sessions, an advisorship, and a longitudinal project.

Sept. 1994
Family Medicine Television Network (FMTN) broadcasts its first program allowing residents and faculty to interact with leaders in their discipline.

1995
Many reform suggestions included in the draft for the revised "Special Requirements for Residency Training in Family Practice" submitted to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education by the RRC-FP and its parent organizations. By this time, four members of the RRC-FP, including its chair, David Holden, MD, and former president of AFPRD, Stephen Brunton, MD, have become community hospital residency program directors.

June 1996
Hardbound commemorative book celebrating the first five years of AFPRD is distributed to every program.

Oct. 2000
Keystone III conference inspires The Future of Family Medicine (FFM) Project.

Late 2001
AFPRD, AAFP, ABFP, NAPCRG and STFM join together to announce the creation of a new publication, to be entitled Annals of Family Medicine.

2003
"Frontline: Better Bones-Osteoporosis" preceptorship forms as an educational workshop.

First issue of Annals of Family Medicine published.

2004
Association of Family Practice Residency Directors (AFPRD) changes name to Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (AFMRD).

March 2004
Future of Family Medicine (FFM) Project published in the Annals of Family Medicine. John Bucholtz and Janice Nevin represent AFMRD on FFM Project Leadership Committee.

Oct. 2004
AFMRD hosts the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) in a reception to form international relationships and provide resources.

2004-2005
Launch of AFMRD Program Director Recognition Awards.

2005
As a result of the Future of Family Medicine (FFM) Project, TransforMED is created to assist in developing a new model for family medicine practices.

Jan. 2005
"Frontline: Diabetes" preceptorship formed as an educational workshop.

Oct. 2005
Senior Directors Fellowship (NIPDD 2) offered for the first time for program directors with four or more years of experience.

2006
AFMRD reaches consensus to approve Areas of Concentration (AOC) that can be accomplished through residents' elective time. 

2007
AFMRD partners with the American Board of Family Medicine and OHSU Department of Family Medicine to sponsor the P4 Family Medicine Residency Demonstration Initiative. The Preparing the Personal Physician for Practice Demonstration Initiative is a further manifestation of the conclusions and recommendations of the Future of Family Medicine (FFM) Project. It is designed as a pragmatic, comparative case study of fourteen experimenting residencies, beginning in 2007 and concluding by 2012. Its goal is innovation in family medicine residency training in real life situations in various settings.  These innovations are expected to align with new models of practice to enhance the performance of family physicians as personal physicians in modernized, frontline medical practice.  The program can be viewed as a "voyage of discovery," and residency training can be considered as one crucial, but "less bounded period" in the lives of physicians.

2008
AFMRD uses an extensive member-based process to inform recommendations to the ACGME RRC-Family Medicine revisions addressing maternity care requirements.

2009
AFMRD engages members and collaborates with other family medicine organizations to submit recommendations for revisions for the next ACGME RRC-Family Medicine Requirements scheduled to be implemented in 2011.

AFMRD testifies to the ACGME and publishes its research findings addressing the Institute of Medicine recommendations for resident duty hours.

2010
AFMRD recognizes 20 Years of Program Director Leadership at the 2010 AAFP Program Directors Workshop.

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