By: Michael Magill, MD

As you may know, I have the great privilege of serving on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM), now as Chairman-Elect, in the fourth of what will be a total of six years on the Board. The Board is implementing significant changes to make continuing certification more convenient in family physicians’ busy lives, and more supportive of continued learning. For example, with almost one year under leadership of new President and CEO Warren Newton, the ABFM is piloting longitudinal assessment as an alternative to the periodic high stakes exam. There are many other important changes in the works that I’ll discuss in more detail at UAFP’s CME & Ski February 20-23, 2020, in Park City. I hope you can attend! I’ll also be discussing them at the University of Utah Family Medicine Grand Rounds on October 30, 2019.

At this point, I wanted to highlight another major development in how the ABFM communicates with and engages diplomats. To help ensure the Board’s work is effective and meaningful, we have recently launched the ABFM Engagement Network to get feedback and suggestions from diplomats on a variety of issues. I would like to invite you to sign up to be part of the Engagement Network. This is completely voluntary, and you can provide as much or as little input as you wish. You can sign up directly at:, and can find info about this and many other ways to contribute at I invite you to take a look and would be honored if you would consider joining the Engagement Network. Please contact me if you have any questions!