New Program Offers ABFM Credit for Improvement in Teaching

Medical Schools and Residencies Can Sponsor Activities to Recognize and Reward Preceptors

February 28, 2019—Family medicine departments, residencies, chapters, or other academic units can now apply to be Sponsors of the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Performance Improvement credit. The new Precepting Performance Improvement Program allows Sponsors to offer Performance Improvement credit (MOC IV) to family physicians who teach medical students or residents and who participate in a teaching improvement activity.

The goal of the program, which was created and piloted by STFM and ABFM, is to recognize and reward those who teach family medicine, and also to improve the quality of teaching.

What preceptors need to do to earn credit:

  • Work with a medical school or residency program that has been approved by ABFM as a Precepting Performance Improvement Program Sponsor
  • Implement an improvement activity to improve teaching
  • Complete at least 180 1:1 contact hours with a resident and/or student (clinical teaching)
  • Review pre and post data
  • Complete a form attesting to involvement in the activity

Sponsors are responsible for working with preceptors to improve performance, keeping auditable records, and notifying ABFM of completions.

Interested Sponsors can apply at

This program is an outcome of the STFM-led Preceptor Expansion Initiative, which is a multi-year interprofessional, interdisiciplinary initiative to address the shortage of high-quality clinical training sites for students. 

STFM Launches Precepting Performance Improvement Toolkit

Toolkit includes an overview of the program, instructions for applying, frequently asked questions, sample forms and communications, and ideas for improvement activities

Access the Toolkit

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