The changes the ABFP
made to the exam "are excellent," Douglas Henley, M.D., executive vice president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, said in an interview.
In the end, the Congress of Delegates approved two resolutions: one asking the academy and the ABFP
to jointly develop a plan to educate AAFP members about the new process; and one urging the ABFP
to suspend the SAMs, to develop a better mechanism for beta testing the process, and to develop an alternative testing plan for members who have unreliable Internet access.
I cannot understand, however, why the ABFP
thought that the current self-assessment modules (SAM) achieve this goal.
The upcoming decision by the ABFP
is especially important as the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Pediatrics, and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology are currently in the process of adding their own CAQs in sleep medicine.
The 2 study samples overlapped: 1361 physicians were in both the AMA and the ABFP
directories; 2325 physicians were in the AMA directory but not the ABFP
directory; 45 physicians were in the ABFP
directory but not the AMA directory.
The trouble is, although the ABFP
claims that each module will take 15 hours a year to complete, many of our peers report that it takes significantly longer.
Martin told the reference committee that he and other academy leaders have been in substantial dialogue with the ABFP
regarding the family physicians' concerns about the MOC.
Regression analysis (Table 3) showed that having over 40% older adults in one's practice, completing a residency, ABFP
diplomate status, and being aware of either AHCPR guideline remained independently associated with higher knowledge scores.
The Lexington, Ky.-based American Board of Family Practice (ABFP
) offers the CAQ in adolescent medicine in conjunction with the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics, which administers the exam.
Instead, the publication costs will be paid for by the sponsoring organizations: the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American Board of Family Practice (ABFP
), the Association of Family Practice Residency Directors, the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG), and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM).
, which has the second-largest number of diplomates of any specialty board, has not been able to find enough high-quality computer testing centers to administer the exam, Dr.
Joseph Tollison, deputy executive director of ABFP
, said that the goal in offering the CAQ is to enhance the health care of adolescents--not to encourage specialization by family physicians.