Steering Committee Members

PCFDI Steering Committee (SC) is comprised of educational leaders and educational researchers in the primary care disciplines of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. The SC provides oversight guidance of the entire initiative.

The members of the SC are, in alphabetical order:

Carol Carraccio  (Pediatrics)

Larry Green (Family Medicine)

Eric Holmboe  (Internal Medicine)

Bill Iobst (Internal Medicine)

Samuel Jones (Family Medicine)

Gail McGuinness (Pediatrics)

Perry Pugno (Family Medicine)

David Gary Smith (Internal Medicine)

Leslie Tucker (Policy)


Evaluation Team Co-Leaders:

Patty Carney

Patrice Eiff

Steering Committee Bios

Carol Carraccio, MD, MA  – served until recently as the Residency Program Director and Associate Chair for Education at the University of Maryland, where she was awarded tenure based on her scholarly contributions to the field of competency-based education and assessment.  Dr. Carraccio has enjoyed many national leadership roles including President of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD), Chair of the Pediatric Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and Director of the national Initiative for Innovation in Pediatric Education.  She is currently leading the Milestone Project in Pediatrics, a joint initiative of the ACGME and ABP.  Her contributions to medical education have been recognized through the Parker Palmer Courage to Teach Award from the ACGME, the Tunnessen Award for advancing graduate medical education from the APPD, the Education Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Excellence in Pediatrics award from the University of Maryland where she served on the faculty for 26 years. In July 2011 she was recruited by the American Board of Pediatrics to assume a position as Director of Competency-based Assessment Programs.

Larry Green, MD – is Professor of Family Medicine and the Epperson Zorn Chair for Innovation in Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver.  Dr. Green is the Co-Director of the Steering Committee that founded and guides the Preparing Personal Physicians for Practice (P4) Project.  He was founding director of the American Academy of Family Physicians’ Robert Graham Center in Washington DC, a research center committed to bringing a primary care perspective to important policy decisions.  He was the National Program Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Prescription for Health that collaborated with 22 primary care Practice-based Research Networks to conduct 27 case studies of practical strategies in routine primary care practice to address unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and tobacco use.

Eric Holmboe, MD – Dr. Holmboe is currently Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and the ABIM Foundation. He is also Professor Adjunct of Medicine at Yale University. Prior to joining the ABIM in 2004, he was the was Associate Program Director, Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program, Director of Student Clinical Assessment, Yale School of Medicine, Director of Faculty Development, Department of Medicine, and Assistant Director for the Yale Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. Prior to joining Yale in 2000, he served as division chief of General Internal Medicine at the National Naval Medical Center. His research interests include interventions to improve quality of care and methods in the evaluation of clinical competence.

William Iobst, MD – is Vice President of Academic Affairs at the American Board of Internal Medicine. In this capacity, Dr. Iobst develops outreach activities with residency and fellowship training programs as well as faculty development programs and oversees the credentialing of ABIM diplomates. In addition to serving as the ABIM ex-officio representative to the ACGME IM RRC, he has worked closely with the internal medicine education community to develop competency-based milestones and frameworks for evaluating competency. He also works with ABIM’s research team to develop new and better assessment methodologies for competency evaluation. Previously, Dr. Iobst served as Designated Institutional Official and Medical Director of Graduate Medical Education at Lehigh Valley Hospital Network in Allentown, PA. He was also the Vice Chairman of Education for the Department of Medicine, and served as the Medical Director for Network Faculty Development and as an Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency.

Samuel Jones, MD – has been involved in Graduate Medical Education for the past 27 years.  As director of one of the oldest longitudinally focused residency programs, Dr. Jones’ educational interests are directed towards demonstrating the value of training residents in “real world” community practices where they can acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to practice as a Personal Physician in the Patient Centered Medical Home. In addition to his duties as Residency Director and Vice –Chair of the Department, Dr. Jones maintains a busy clinical practice.  For the past six years, Dr. Jones has served as Co-Chair of Preparing the Personal Physician for Practice (P4) Initiative, a residency innovation project sponsored by AFMRD, TransforMED, and the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM). The innovations tested by P4 residencies are expected to inspire changes in the content, structure, and locations of training and guide future revisions in accreditation and certification requirements.  Dr. Jones is past President of the Association of Family Medicine Program Directors (AFMRD), and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the American Board of Family Medicine.

Gail McGuinness, MD – is the Executive Vice President of the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) as well as a Director of the ABP and the ABP Foundation.  She serves as the ABP’s liaison to the Review Committee (RC) for Pediatrics of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), as well as a liaison to the Committee on Pediatric Education and the Committee on Pediatric Workforce of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  She has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).  She holds appointments as a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Duke University Medical Center and at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  Dr. McGuinness previously held a position as Professor of Pediatrics and Residency Program Director at the University of Iowa, where she also served as Associate Chair for Education in the Department of Pediatrics.  Most recently, she was honored as the 2012 recipient of the Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr.  Leadership Award.  She served as a Vice Chair of the R3P Project and is currently a member of the Advisory Group for the joint ACGME/ABP initiative called the Milestones Project.

Perry Pugno, MD, MPH – is the Vice President for Education for the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). He has served as President of the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors, President of the University of California Medical Alumni Association, Chair of the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Family Medicine, and is the founding chair of the National Institute for Program Director Development.  His previous experience in corporate physician leadership and managed care was as the Vice-President for Graduate Medical Education and Medical Affairs with Mercy Healthcare Sacramento, a division of Catholic Healthcare West. Dr. Pugno is also a member of the P4 Steering Committee.

David Gary Smith, MD – is Clinical Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean,
Temple University School of Medicine and Past President of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM).  He has been involved in medical education for over 30 years at the national, university and community hospital levels.   He was a member of the First AAIM Task Force on Educational Redesign of the Internal Medicine Residency, and more recently has been engaged work involving the IM Milestones and Entrustable Professional Activities.  He currently serves as both the DIO and the Internal Medicine Residency Director at Abington Memorial Hospital.  In his role also as a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine, he chaired the Task Force on the Four Year Curriculum in Patient Safety and Quality for the medical school. Lastly, he is a busy private practitioner as a general internist.

Leslie Tucker –serves as Vice President, Policy for the ABIM and ABIM Foundation. Ms. Tucker has more than twenty years’ experience leading policy development, strategic advocacy and program implementation at the state and federal levels. Before joining the Foundation, she was a Senior Program Officer at The Pew Charitable Trusts, where she developed and managed a multi-million dollar grant-making portfolio focused on public health and emerging technologies, and oversaw the prestigious Pew Scholars and Fellows programs in the biomedical sciences. Prior to joining the Trusts, Ms. Tucker directed the Washington Office of the Pew-funded Center for Children’s Health and Environment at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and served concurrently as Director of Environmental Health for the American College of Preventive Medicine. She left Washington D.C. for three years to lead Strategic Planning, Policy and Outreach at the Rhode Island Department of Human Services implementing welfare reform and Medicaid expansions.

Evaluation Team Bios

Patricia A. Carney, PhD (PCFDI Evaluation Director) – is Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health and of Preventive Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University.  Dr. Carney’s doctoral training is in health services research, public health, and educational psychology. Dr. Carney has nearly 170 publications in primary care, cancer control, and educational research.  She has led and participated in several community- or population-based research studies funded by the National Cancer Institute, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, American Cancer Society, and the Centers for Disease Control.  In addition, she has conducted and led several multi-site educational research studies.  She is also Co-Principal Investigator of the Preparing the Personal Physician (P4) Project.

Patrice Eiff, MD (PCFDI Project Director) – is Professor of Family Medicine and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs and Director of Faculty Development in the Department of Family Medicine at OHSU.  She is a family physician with fellowship training in faculty development.  She is the interim Associate Dean for Faculty Development in the OHSU School of Medicine. Throughout her career, Dr. Eiff has developed her reputation as a curriculum expert, having designed and implemented many successful educational programs.  As Co-Principal Investigator for the Preparing the Personal Physician (P4) Project, Dr. Eiff managed all the administrative logistics for the entire project and developed the faculty instruction related to residency teaching in this multi-site educational collaborative.