The Future of Family Medicine version 2.0: reflections from Pisacano scholars

J Am Board Fam Med. 2014 Jan-Feb;27(1):142-50. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2014.01.130219.


The Future of Family Medicine (FFM) project has helped shape and direct the evolution of primary care medicine over the past decade. Pisacano Scholars, a group of leaders in family medicine supported by the American Board of Family Medicine, gathered for a 2-day symposium in April 2013 to explore the history of the FFM project and outline a vision for the next phase of this work-FFM version 2.0 (v2.0). After learning about the original FFM project (FFM v1.0), the group held interactive discussions using the World Café approach to conversational leadership. This commentary summarizes the discussions and highlights major themes relevant to FFM v2.0 identified by the group. The group endorsed the FFM v1.0 recommendations as still relevant and marvelled at the progress made toward achieving many of those goals. Most elements of FFM v1.0 have moved forward, and some have been incorporated into policy blueprints for reform. Now is the time to refocus attention on facets of FFM v1.0 not yet realized and to identify key aspects missing from FFM v1.0. The Pisacano Scholars are committed to moving the FFM goals forward and hope that this expression of the group's vision will help to do so.

Keywords: Affordable Care Act (ACA); Community Medicine; Delivery of Health Care; Primary Health Care; Public Health; Quality of Health Care.

Publication types

  • Congress

MeSH terms

  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Family Practice / trends*
  • Forecasting / methods
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Primary Health Care / trends*
  • Workforce