AAFP calls for changes to resident education

Residency Program Insider, May 10, 2019

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Members of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) are advocating for an expansion of residency training topics, including training on medications used to treat opioid abuse and training on billing and coding. These issues were discussed during the 2019 National Conference of Constituency Leaders, held April 25-27.

The AAFP Reference Committee on Education adopted a resolution to draft a letter to the ACGME asking that residents in family medicine (and other specialties) be encouraged to take a course on FDA-approved medications used to treat opioid abuse before residents’ third year of training. 

“Training in the second year allows more time and mentorship to apply your learned skills after training,” said resolution co-author Tess Lang, MD. 

There was also a resolution drafted to ask the AAFP to offer an applied billing and coding workshop at the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students and to work with the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors to recommend that family medicine residencies offer applied in-person education in billing and coding.

“Can we get residents to sit with coders and learn what's needed?” said resolution co-author Sumedh Mankar, DO, MPH. “Can we get the AAFP to nudge things along, so we can get that practical application on the billing side as we are residents in learning?”

Source: AAFP


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