The AAFP app now has everything students need to find the right family medicine residency program. Open the app and click For Students to search and save residencies, take notes on programs you meet, plan interview questions, and make decisions about a rank list. Start selecting your favorite programs to meet at this summer’s National Conference. Read a handout about the app or download it now.



In celebration of the 50th anniversary of family medicine, AAFP will post two questions a month on the Facebook Event Page, Twitter and Instagram for you to respond to by uploading a video or adding a comment. The hashtag is #FMed50.

To participate be sure to follow AAFP on these channels and use #FMed50 with your post.

  • Facebook: @familymed
  • Twitter: @AAFP
  • Instagram: the_aafp

After FMX, the AAFP will share anniversary content from FMX to keep the celebration going.




Thank you to all who completed the Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) survey at the request of American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians – you rock!

The RUC survey closed on March 18. The AAFP reports that 360 AAFP members completed the entire survey and 208 AAFP members completed the physician work component. Thank you!

According to AAFP CEO Doug Henley, MD, these numbers are excellent. The AAFP far surpassed other medical societies in numbers of survey completions.

AAFP staff will attend the RUC meeting later this month and hopes to have data ready from the survey that indicates new Relative Value Units (RVUs).


April 4 is Patient Engagement Day! A highlight of the day will be a webinar scheduled for 1:00 p.m. hosted by the University of California San Francisco’s (UCSF) Center for Excellence in Primary Care and moderated by Anjana Sharma, MD. She will feature certain aspects of her group’s research and will highlight case study findings — those bright spots that were central to the team’s nationwide project as part of Family Medicine for America’s Health.

Register today for that free webinar, and while you’re at the center for excellence site, be inspired by a video in which physicians and others discuss first-hand experiences in engaging patients to improve care.


The KAFP is one of three grant recipients for the pneumococcal grant for quality improvement (QI) initiatives that will increase adult pneumococcal vaccination rates. In this initiative KAFP is partnering with family physicians to implement evidence-based practices to promote effective immunizations of Medicare patients. Practices selected for the Kansas Family Medicine Pneumococcal Immunization Office Champions (KFMPIOC) Program will be supported in using their Electronic Health Record (EHR) to track and improve their pneumococcal immunization rates and rates of other immunizations for seniors. Read more about KAFP’s project and the other two projects selected.


Family medicine, which recognized its 50th anniversary as a specialty in February, has another reason to celebrate this year. On March 15, more students than ever matched into the specialty, marking a decade of year-over-year growth for family medicine.

While the numbers are mostly positive, a decline in the match rate of U.S. seniors at allopathic medical schools raises some concern. The AAFP has published a news article and a detailed analysis that delve into the 2019 results and historical trends.

Highlights from the 2019 Match include:

  • 3,848 medical students and graduates matching into family medicine, 313 more than in 2018
  • 474 more family medicine residency positions offered in 2019 than 2018
  • 1,617 U.S. MD seniors matching into family medicine programs, 31 fewer than last year

All numbers reported are based on data provided by the National Resident Matching Program.

Looking ahead, the AAFP is championing major reform to achieve more rapid growth for the specialty in the decade to come. Through the America Needs More Family Doctors: 25×2030 Collaborative, the AAFP and the family of family medicine are calling for 1 in 4 medical students in the US to match into the specialty. Today, approximately 1 in 8 of these students enter a family medicine residency each year. Achieving the goal of 1 in 4 would mean more cost-effective, life-saving, accessible care for patients in the US, and it will take major cultural and systemic shifts for this outcome to be realized.


The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) announces a newly designed website (www.theabfm.org).

The much-improved streamlined navigation was a central focus of the website redesign effort, providing a user experience that allows access to consistent and accurate information quickly and easily. Reducing the density of content and improving the clarity of explanations about the certification process were also major goals in this effort.

The website will feature optimized responsive functionality on mobile devices which will allow users to access the ABFM website while on the go, in the office, or at home. A new search feature is also one of many improvements that will provide users the ability to quickly search the website for key information of interest. Finally, this site offers new features not previously seen on ABFM’s website, including a Get Involved with the ABFM section.


The AAFP is now accepting applications for posters for the 2019 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, July 25–27 in Kansas City, MO. The conference provides one of the largest forums for residents and students to display their research and special projects.

Residents and students can submit poster applications on the following topics:

  • Clinical inquiry
  • Community project
  • Educational program
  • Research

Up to 50 posters will be selected for onsite display during the conference. Of those, the top 12 will be invited to give a brief oral presentation for peer review. One resident and one student will be awarded first place and earn a trip to the 2019 AAFP Family Medicine Experience (FMX), September 24–28 in Philadelphia, PA, to display their posters.

Applications are due by April 1.


Friday, March 15 is Match Day! An exciting day for medical students nationwide who will be matched with a residency program. Good luck to KU School of Medicine students who are matching on Friday!

Match Day is an important measure of the development of the family medicine workforce. As well as being the 50th anniversary year for the specialty, 2019 would also mark the 10th consecutive year of growth in the number of students matching into family medicine if Friday makes for another record Match day. The AAFP and eight other national and international family medicine organizations are gearing up to collectively pursue a shared aim of having 25 percent of medical students match into family medicine by 2030. Keep posted to AAFP.org for updates on Friday, March 15!

AAFP is offering a free webinar The Match: What Every Student Needs to Know on Wednesday, March 20 for students to learn what to look for in a residency program, how to make your CV stand out and how to make decisions throughout the nearly year-long process.


The Center for the History of Family Medicine is accepting applications for the 2019 Sandra L. Panther Fellowship in the History of Family Medicine. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. CDT on Sunday, March 31. All applications will be reviewed in April, with the fellowship recipient to be announced by May 31. Complete fellowship rules, application forms, and instructions are available online.

The award provides up to $2,000 to support travel, lodging, and incidental expenses related to research on a project of the applicant’s choosing dealing with the history of general practice, family practice, or family medicine in the United States. Interested family physicians, other health professionals, historians, scholars, educators, scientists, and others are invited to apply.

Contact Don Ivey by email or at extension 6007 with questions.