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Tactic 5: Promote Productivity Incentive Plans That Include Teaching & Develop a Culture of Teaching in Clinical Settings

The unifying theme of the tactics under this umbrella is creating the incentives and culture needed to expand the pool of preceptors. The target audience for these efforts is the health systems that employ community preceptors. Foundational to this work is defining the characteristics of high-quality ambulatory primary care clinical training sites and recognizing high-quality teachers and practices.


On April 2, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) kicked off a pilot program that  offers Performance Improvement continuing certification credit (previously MOC Part IV) to ABFM diplomates who provide personal instruction, training, and supervision to a medical student or resident and who participate in a teaching improvement activity. The Precepting Performance Improvement Program allows academic units (Sponsors), who were selected through an application process, to develop and oversee the completion of performance improvement (PI) projects that meet the ABFM Family Medicine Certification requirements. Sponsors develop and oversee PI projects for teaching physicians without having to submit an application for each activity for ABFM review.


ABFM is piloting the program through December 2018. The program will be modified as needed based on input from the pilot sites, then it made available to all academic units/preceptors.

Precepting Performance Improvement Timeline

  • 2/1/18 Call for Applications opens
  • 2/15/18, noon CT, Q&A Webinar for potential applicants (optional)
  • 2/28/18 Deadline for applications
  • 3/21/18 Pilot sites announced
  • 3/27/18, noon CT, Webinar for sponsoring institutions (required): Introduction and instructions
  • 4/2/18 Pilot begins
  • 6/6/18 Submit outlines of PI projects/interventions to STFM
  • 7/11/18 Videoconference. Report on progress/share lessons learned (9 am or noon CT)
  • 10/10/18 Videoconference. Report on progress/ share lessons learned (9 am or noon CT)
  • 11/8/18 Submit additional PI projects/interventions 
  • 1/20/19 Submit final report

Resources for Pilot Sites

The following documents and links are for the 43 academic units selected for the pilot program.

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