James C. Puffer, M.D./American Board of Family Medicine Fellowship

The overall purpose of the Puffer/ABFM Fellowship at the NAM is to enable talented, early-career health policy and science scholars in family medicine to participate actively in health- and medicine-related work of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) and to further their careers as future leaders in the field. In considering qualifications for the Puffer/ABFM Fellowship, preference will be given to candidates who have a demonstrated interest in and focus on health quality and health services and have an M.D., Ph.D., or D.O. Supported through an endowment from the American Board of Family Medicine, the program especially welcomes nominations of under-represented minority candidates.

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The 2021-23 Call for Nominations (CFN) is now closed. The next CFN will be available in March 2023.

Current Fellows

Rita Hamad, MD, PhD

Rita Hamad, MD, PhD

2020-2022 Puffer/ABFM Fellow

Dr. Rita Hamad is a social epidemiologist and family physician in the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and the Department of Family & Community Medicine at UCSF. As the director of the Social Policies for Health Equity Research Program, her research focuses on the pathways linking poverty and education with health disparities across the life course. In particular, she studies the health effects of social and economic policies using interdisciplinary quasi-experimental methods. She also investigates the mechanisms through which adverse socioeconomic conditions get “under the skin” to cause disease.

Steven Lin, MD

Steven Lin, MD

2021-2023 Puffer/ABFM Fellow

Dr. Lin is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Primary Care and Population Health at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is the Family Medicine Service Chief and the Head of Technology Innovation in the Division of Primary Care and Population Health at Stanford.  He is the founder of three nationally recognized programs – the O’Connor-Stanford Leaders in Education Residency Program (OSLER), the Stanford Medical Scribe Fellowship (COMET), and the Stanford Healthcare AI Applied Research Team (HEA3RT). Dr. Lin has a particular interest in preventive cardiology, diabetes, hepatitis B, and mental health. His current focus is at the intersection of health services innovation, digital health and emerging technologies, specifically artificial intelligence and machine learning. Dr. Lin is the author of over 260 scholarly works and conference presentations. He has received numerous national awards and is recognized among the top family physicians in the United States.

Dr. Lin earned his MD from Stanford University and completed his training at Stanford’s family medicine residency program at O’Connor Hospital. He is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is an active member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

Past Fellows

Lars Peterson, MD, PhD

Lars Peterson, MD, PhD

2019-2021 Puffer/ABFM Fellow

Kameron Matthews, MD, JD, FAAFP

Kameron Matthews, MD, JD, FAAFP

2018-2020 Puffer/ABFM Fellow

Tammy Chang, MD, MPH

Tammy Chang, MD, MPH

2017-2019 Puffer/ABFM Fellow

Sean Lucan, MD, MPH, MS

Sean Lucan, MD, MPH, MS

2016-2018 Puffer/ABFM Fellow

Gerado Moreno, MD, MSHS

Gerado Moreno, MD, MSHS

2015-2017 Puffer/ABFM Fellow

Kendall Campbell, MD, FAAFP

Kendall Campbell, MD, FAAFP

2014-2016 Puffer/ABFM Fellow

Katherine Gold, MD, MSW, MS

Katherine Gold, MD, MSW, MS

2013-2015 Puffer/ABFM Fellow

Jennifer DeVoe, MD, MPhil, MCR, DPhil, FAAFP

Jennifer DeVoe, MD, MPhil, MCR, DPhil, FAAFP

2012-2014 Puffer/ABFM Fellow

Sean David, MD, SM, DPhil

Sean David, MD, SM, DPhil

2011-2013 Puffer/ABFM Fellow

Fellowship Description

The Puffer/ABFM Fellowship is awarded for a two-year period. During this time, the fellow is expected to continue to work at his/her main academic post, while being assigned to a health- and medicine-related board of the National Academies. The boards are:

  • Children, Youth, and Families,
  • Food and Nutrition,
  • Global Health,
  • Health Care Services,
  • Health Sciences Policy, and
  • Population Health and Public Health Practice.

The fellowship requires a 10- to 20-percent commitment of time for two years, and includes attendance at a one-week orientation to health policy, the Fall NAM Annual Meeting and the meetings of the assigned board. Domestic travel expenses are covered for participation in approved fellowship activities. Additionally, the fellow will participate actively in the work of an appropriate expert study committee or roundtable, including contributing to its reports or other products. Studies will be identified that would enable the potential for the fellow to contribute to the value of integrating medicine and public health.

This experience will introduce the Puffer/ABFM Fellow to a variety of experts and perspectives, including legislators, government officials, industry leaders, executives of voluntary health organizations, scientists, and other health professionals. In addition, each fellow will be assigned to an NAM member who will serve as a senior mentor during the two years of the fellowship.

Each Puffer/ABFM Fellow will be asked to designate a tax exempt institution under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, which shall receive an unrestricted grant of $25,000, with an expressed preference that the grant be used to advance the fellow’s professional and academic career in so far as it is practical to do. However, this grant is not intended for use as a salary offset for the fellow. The grant will be administered through the appropriate department in the fellow’s home institution.

Eligibility

Nominees for the Puffer/ABFM Fellowship must meet the following requirements:

  • Nomination by a member of the NAM or governing body of the ABFM
  • Active in the field of family medicine and may include a Ph.D., M.D. or D.O.
  • Received a Ph.D. within the past one-to-ten years, or one-to-ten years out from completion of residency training with an M.D. or D.O.
  • Able to dedicate 10 to 20 percent of time to the fellowship for two years
  • Endorsement by the department chair, institute director, or equivalent
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident status at the time of the nomination
Selection Criteria

Nominees will be evaluated by an NAM-appointed committee according to:

  • Professional accomplishments including research and publications
  • Potential for leadership in health policy or health services
  • Quality of letters of recommendation
  • Expertise in an area of relevance to the NAM

Preference will be given to candidates who have a demonstrated interest in and focus on health care quality and health services.

Nomination Packet

A complete nomination packet must be submitted electronically through the online nomination system at https://fellowship.nam.edu/ and will include the following documents:

  • A nomination letter from a member of the NAM or governing body of the ABFM
  • Three (3) letters of reference
  • A supporting letter from the candidate’s department chair, institute director, or equivalent
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • A brief one-page bio

Timeline

  • March 2023 | Call for nominations opens
  • June 2023 | Nomination packets are due at 3:00pm ET
  • July 2023 | Awardee is notified
  • September 2023 | Fellow orientation week at the NAM is held
  • October 2023 | Fellow is introduced to the Membership at the NAM Annual Meeting

Program Administration

Inquiries about the Puffer/ABFM Fellowship should be directed to:

Yumi Phillips
Program Officer
Health Policy Fellowships and Leadership Programs
National Academy of Medicine
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 334-1506
Email: yphillips@nas.edu

The James C. Puffer/ABFM Fellowship was established in 2011 through an endowment from the American Board of Family Medicine.


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