ABFM: A History of the American Board of Family Medicine

ABFM History

Timeline of ABFM (Part 1(4 page PDF)) - A timeline of important events leading up to the creation of The American Board of Family Medicine from 1941 to 1969.

Timeline of ABFM (Part 2)(5 page PDF) - A timeline of important events in the history of the ABFM since its establishment in 1969.

ABFM Presidents/Board Chairs(2 page PDF) - A complete listing of all Presidents and Chairs of the Board of Directors of the ABFM from 1969 to the present.

ABFM Emblem(1 page PDF) - Gives a brief history and description of the meaning of the official emblem of the ABFM.

ABFM Through the Years - Features an array of ABFM historical artifacts and photographs from the collections of the Center for the History of Family Medicine. 

 

"Since its inception, the American Board of Family Practice has been an organization of ‘firsts’ . . . We were the first specialty board in history to have specific mandatory recertification in order to maintain Diplomate status . . . We were the first specialty board to have members of other specialties on the Board of Directors; we were the first primary board to begin without grandfathers’; all of our Diplomates since our inception are certified by way of examination. . . In all of its past activities, the American Board of Family Practice has established             reputatation excellence“                                                            - Nicolas Pisacano, MD, 1st Executive Director of ABFP

The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is the second largest medical specialty board in the United States. Founded in 1969, it is a voluntary, not-for-profit, private organization whose purposes include:

  • Improving the quality of medical care available to the public
  • Establishing and maintaining standards of excellence in the specialty of Family Medicine
  • Improving the standards of medical education for training in Family Medicine
  • Determining by evaluation the fitness of specialists in Family Medicine who apply for and hold certificates

ABFM’s Mission

The mission of the ABFM is to improve the health of the public through:

  1. Certification: The ABFM certifies family physicians who are highly skilled and effective at improving the health of their patients, their families, and their communities, and assists Diplomates in maintaining high professional standards through professional development and lifelong learning.
  2. Training Standards: The ABFM sets standards for the training that prepares Family Medicine residents for board certification.
  3. Research: The ABFM funds, conducts, and publishes research that is devoted to creating, evaluating, and maintaining cutting-edge certification methods, and to advancing the scientific basis of Family Medicine.
  4. Leadership Development: The ABFM cultivates leaders in Family Medicine to expand the specialty’s contribution to the health of the public.
  5. Collaboration: The ABFM collaborates with other specialty boards and organizations to promote better health care, drive better outcomes, and manage health care resources responsibly.

 

ABFM History

Timeline of ABFM (Part 1(4 page PDF)) - A timeline of important events leading up to the creation of The American Board of Family Medicine from 1941 to 1969.

Timeline of ABFM (Part 2)(5 page PDF) - A timeline of important events in the history of the ABFM since its establishment in 1969.

ABFM Presidents/Board Chairs(2 page PDF) - A complete listing of all Presidents and Chairs of the Board of Directors of the ABFM from 1969 to the present.

ABFM Emblem(1 page PDF) - Gives a brief history and description of the meaning of the official emblem of the ABFM.

ABFM Through the Years - Features an array of ABFM historical artifacts and photographs from the collections of the Center for the History of Family Medicine. 

 

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