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The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation
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Our Grantees

Across the Foundation’s priority areas, our grantees are working to improve the health of the public through innovative research and programs.  The Foundation awards up to 40 grants on a rotating schedule each year.

Primary Care Faculty Development

Theme: Education for the Care of Underserved Populations, Career Development in Health Professions Education

Institution: American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)

Grant Type: Board Grant

Award Amount: $151,632

Grant Awarded: November 2012

Principal Investigator: Eric S. Holmboe, MD

There is national consensus that medical education and training need urgent reform, not only to produce more primary care physicians and allied health professionals but to ensure that this primary care workforce is equipped with the skill sets required to effectively provide safe, high quality, evidence-based care to an increasingly diverse and aging population in the context of an evolving and technology-enriched health care system.

The Boards of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics—the three boards representing the principle primary care disciplines—have come together to redesign their residency programs to better teach the competencies necessary for a career in primary care. Specifically, this project aligns residency program change with practice change by preparing students to work in patient-centered medical homes.

The three boards began by focusing on faculty and will be designing a curriculum to help faculty in these three disciplines acquire the requisite teaching skills. Key components of the program include: Leadership, Change Management, Teamwork, Population Management, Clinical Microsystems and Competency Assessment.

With a grant from Macy, the alliance will develop a cadre of expert teachers who will help guide this new collaborative training curriculum, deliver faculty development programs focused on the new set of skills and produce associated materials that will be used in future courses in the primary care disciplines and be posted for public use.

This grant provides important support to the three primary care boards and affiliated academic organizations to fill the need for an organized, systematic approach to up-skilling today’s faculty so that they can prepare new physicians to meet the expectations of a 21st century health care system. 

Learn more about the initiative.