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Call for Proposals for a CERA Survey of Family Medicine Program Directors That Will Link to a Future ABFM/AFMRD Graduate Survey

Deadline for applications is April 14, 11:59 pm Eastern time.

CERA, the CAFM Educational Research Alliance, is now accepting proposals for a special survey of family medicine residency program directors. Since 2016, the American Board of Family Medicine has surveyed diplomates three years after their graduation from residency on topics such as practice and work schedule, adequacy of training and scope of practice, satisfaction, and professional activity, and fed these data back to residencies to measure training outcomes. The 2018 National Graduate Survey questions are available on the ABFM website. 

The CERA survey will allow researchers a unique opportunity to survey program directors on similar curricular topics and link the data to graduate outcomes. Program directors will be surveyed in summer 2018 on their current curricula. These data will then be linked, at the residency program level, to the 2021 ABFM/AFMRD Graduate Survey data, which is of the 2018 graduating residents. A linked data set will be available in late spring 2022. This unique linkage will allow researchers to make a direct association between current residency curricula and the practice patterns of graduates in these programs.

The survey will be conducted in June/July 2018, and results we be available in late spring 2022.

Researchers whose questions are included in the survey will have exclusive access to their portion of the survey results for 90 days. After the 90 days, the program director data will be made available in the CERA clearinghouse. Linked data will only be available to the approved investigators with IRB approval.

The survey will collect demographic information in addition to submitted questions. Priority will be given to proposals that are likely to result in high-quality, peer-reviewed publications.

Proposals will only be accepted from members of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors, Association of Departments of Family Medicine and/or North American Primary Care Research Group. Once projects have been approved, an experienced research mentor will join each project team to help refine questions, facilitate analysis, and prepare and submit manuscripts. Because of their extensive involvement, mentors will be included as authors on published papers/presentations.

CERA is a Resource to:

  • Increase the quality and frequency of published medical education research
  • Reduce the number of surveys members are asked to complete
  • Provide mentoring and education to junior researchers
  • Provide a clearinghouse of data faculty and residents can use to meet scholarly activity requirements

Next Steps

For additional information or questions, contact Ray Biggs.

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