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Review and Comment on Proposed Maternity Care and Procedures Guidelines

In the spring of 2014, the academic family medicine organizations, united as the Council of Academic Family Medicine (CAFM), formed two task forces to develop two sets of guidelines for family medicine residency programs: Maternity Care Guidelines and Procedures Guidelines.

CAFM includes the leadership of the Association of Departments of Family Medicine (ADFM), the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (AFMRD), the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM).

AFMRD took the lead on developing these guidelines, working with faculty members from across the country. After many conference calls, a careful literature review, and collaborative writing efforts, the proposed guidelines – as well accompanying procedural competency assessment tools – the guidelines are now ready for review and comments.

Between now and June 8, 2015, all family physician educators will have the opportunity to provide input on these proposed guidelines. The guidelines will then be updated based on this feedback and returned to CAFM for final approval.

The family medicine organizations are encouraging broad adoption of these guidelines and tools in order to enhance both the skills and credibility of family medicine residency graduates.

The RC-FM has stated that “Residents must receive training to perform clinical procedures required for their future practices in ambulatory and hospital environments” and “As the list of procedures performed by the practicing family physicians varies based upon the needs of the community, the program directors and members of the faculty should develop a list of required procedures based upon the needs of their FMP (family medicine practice) and recommendations of organizations, such as the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM),and the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (AFMRD).”

The guidelines, procedural competency assessment tools, and links to the surveys are available on the AFMRD website. Surveys must be completed by June 8, 2015.

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