Current CAFM Priority projects are divided into two categories, broadly focused and targeted.

Broadly focused current CAFM Priority Projects

  • Patient-centered Medical Home
    Within this broad area, CAFM is focused on:
    1. defining what academic family medicine needs to do to prepare our learners for the PCMH environment
    2. defining and advocating for the role of mental health in the medical home
    3. engagement with the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative.

  • Advocacy for Family Medicine
    CAFM has been active in working with the family medicine organizations’ government relations staff on many decisions and relationship-building necessary in the current, fast-paced legislative arena. CAFM seeks to work more closely with family medicine organizations’ Council of Academic Society (CAS) representatives to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) around this.

  • Research Advocacy for Primary Care
    CAFM has endorsed four strategies that support increased funding for primary care research.
    Read the report outlining the strategies here.
    Read the Key Messages for primary care research advocacy here.
    Read the press release issued last fall "Primary Care Research Leaders Call for Increased Funding to Support the Research That Will Help the Most Patients."
    Read the Annal's article, "Reform Reform Everywhere and Not a Primary Care Dollar to Drink."

Targeted CAFM Priority Projects

  • CAFM Resident Competency Measurement Task Force Overview and Update
    (STFM, lead organization)
    Task Force Charge: Identifying, developing, disseminating, and providing training to residency programs on improved ways of measuring competency in residents in order to satisfy expected new RC-FM requirements.

  • Family Medicine Residency Innovations Task Force
    (AFMRD, lead organization)
    Questions being addressed by the Taskforce: What is our intention, now? What do we know so far? What do we still need to learn? What assumptions do we need to test or challenge? What's emerging from the current efforts that should inform what we do next?

  • CAFM Educational Research Alliance (CERA)
    (STFM, lead organization),
    The vision of the CAFM Educational Research Alliance is for family medicine faculty to engage in medical education research while creating collaborations that will enhance the quality of research and increase the number of faculty engaging in high quality medical education research.

  • Research Advocacy
    A research advocacy group has been formed to identify and make recommendations to CAFM.

Past CAFM Projects

Input to the National Board of Medical Examiners
Led by ADFM and STFM,
a CAFM task force developed a shelf exam topic list and an accompanying contextual piece that was presented to NBME in July 2008. Following this, a list of eight individuals was forwarded to the NBME to assist in development of an innovative Web-based examination for family medicine.

OB Requirement in Family Medicine
Lead by the AFMRD,
CAFM vetted and endorsed recommendations to the RC-FM addressing future maternity care requirements by the ACGME. The ACGME is currently considering recommendations to revise the family medicine program requirements.

Revenue Generation
CAFM worked to get content on revenue generation into its annual meetings more regularly. This strategy was moderately successful and launched: a) a more focused effort to survey successful entrepreneurs in the discipline and share their stories; b) development of a curriculum on revenue generation.

Core Residency Internet Curriculum
CAFM explored the feasibility and logistics of developing a curriculum repository for residency training. In August 2008, CAFM determined this was not feasible for CAFM to undertake because of limited resources.

Research Pipeline
The leadership of organized family medicine asked CAFM to develop recommendations to augment the pipeline of researchers in family medicine. A taskforce has developed a working document to help the discipline define a plan for action.

RRC Requirements for Family Medicine
A taskforce of members from all four CAFM organizations gathered information to be organized into a cohesive set of recommended revisions to the current ACGME RC requirements for family medicine residency training.

Hospitalist Movement in Family Medicine
A taskforce convened to study and prepare a manuscript addressing the impact of the hospitalist movement on family medicine education.

Family Medicine Clerkship Core Content Curriculum
Lead by STFM, CAFM convened a task force to define a national standard for the core curriculum objectives and content for family medicine clerkships. The task force included broad representation of stakeholders from the discipline. Since then, input on has been sought on the curriculum which is now available from STFM.