Commission Appointments

Resident and Student Representatives on AAFP Commissions

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  • Issues important to the AAFP members are processed through the AAFP Commissions.
  • One resident and one student participate in each commission.
  • Residents and students represent their respective constituencies on the commissions.
  • Resident and student applicants for AAFP commissions must submit their completed application forms and support materials to their chapters. In turn, the chapters will forward the applicant packets to the AAFP with letters of nomination.
  • If you plan to apply for a commission appointment, contact your chapter immediately to confirm the deadline for submitting your materials to the chapter. Then complete the special intent-to-apply form(1 page PDF)  and fax it to both the AAFP and your chapter.
  • Resident and student members serve a one-year term on commissions, beginning January 1.
  • Commissions meet twice a year. Throughout the year, other commission work is accomplished electronically or through conference calls. The commissions will meet during these dates and at these locations:
    • Winter Cluster – Kansas City, MO, February 5-8, 2015
    • Summer Cluster – Kansas City, MO, May 29-31, 2015
  • Deadline: You must have your Chapter support to apply. Your Chapters may have an earlier deadline in 2013 for you to submit your application to them prior to sending the application to the AAFP. All your application materials need to be submitted to the AAFP by September 9, 2014. If you have any questions, please call Angela Wasson at (800) 274-2237, ext. 6740 or email awasson@aafp.org.

Commission on Continuing Professional Development

The scope of work of the Commission on Continuing Professional Development (COCPD) includes American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) continuing medical education (CME) accreditation (of various categories); development, presentation, maintenance and refinement of existing and novel CME/continuing professional development (CPD) delivery methods and modalities; CME/CPD aspects of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and Maintenance of Licensure (MOL); performance improvement CME (PI-CME); AAFP CME curricular framework and AAFP Assembly CME/CPD (oversight planning and evaluation of all CME offered as part of the AAFP Assembly.) It is composed of a chair, 16 active members, one resident member, one student member and one chapter executive. The commission has two subcommittees: Assembly Learning and Credit Systems and Compliance.

The Commission on Continuing Professional Development works directly to support the AAFP’s Strategic Objective on Education by supporting the lifelong learning of family physicians and other health care professionals. The goals of the commission are to guide the Academy’s accreditation and provision of continuing medical education that helps learners demonstrate continuous improvements in knowledge, competence, practice performance, and patient outcomes, as well as fulfill the educational requirements for licensure and certification

Commission on Education

The scope of work of the Commission on Education (COE) includes workforce, graduate education curriculum, work hours, student interest initiatives, international family medicine development, educational awards, and planning of the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students. It is composed of 12 active members, three resident members (Resident Chair, two Resident Delegates), four student members (Student Chair, two Student Delegates, National FMIG Coordinator) and one chapter executive. The commission has four subcommittees: Resident and Student Issues, Graduate Curriculum, International Family Medicine, and National Conference Planning.

The mission of the Commission on Education (COE) is to provide a venue for the development of recommended policy and the dissemination of expertise and new information related to the education and professional development of family physicians until completion of the residency training period.

Commission on Governmental Advocacy

The scope of work of the Commission on Governmental Advocacy (CGA) includes health system reform and expansion of health care coverage, state/federal legislation, public policy, governmental regulations and regulatory agencies, FamMedPAC, grassroots efforts, and governmental workforce programs. It is composed of a chair, 12 active members, one resident member, one student member and one chapter executive. Currently, the commission has one subcommittee: State Governmental Advocacy.

The goals of the Commission are to guide the Academy's advocacy efforts before the federal government and to assist the constituent chapters in their advocacy efforts before state governments. Advocacy is one of four key priorities for the Academy, making commission membership highly sought after.

Commission on Health of the Public and Science

The scope of work of the Commission on Health of the Public and Science includes health of the public, evidence-based clinical recommendations and care, generation of new knowledge and science with dissemination and implementation, and disparities and the underserved populations. It is composed of a chair, 16 active members, one resident member, one student member and one chapter executive. The commission has the following subcommittee: Subcommittee on Health Equity, Clinical Practice Guidelines, Clinical Preventive Services and Public Health Issues.

The Commission works directly to support strategic objective 4 and especially strategy 1 of the AAFP's Strategic Plan. Members of the commission work with staff to develop and review evidence-based clinical practice guidelines: recommendations for clinical preventive services, including immunizations, and health of the public policies, including tobacco, exercise and obesity. Members also represent the AAFP to federal, medical specialty, voluntary health, and other organizations and serve on a number of advisory committees to Academy programs.

Commission on Membership and Member Services

The scope of work of the Commission on Membership and Member Services (CMMS) includes recruitment, retention, value of membership, member services, life-stage career issues, special needs, awards, international membership, urban/rural membership issues, degree of fellow, special constituencies, National Conference of Special Constituencies (NCSC) planning and chapter relations, and leadership development. It is composed of a chair, 12 active members, one resident member, one student member two chapter executives and one AAFP Board Liaison.

The goals of this Commission are to guide the Academy’s membership efforts and to assist the constituent chapters in their membership efforts.

Commission on Quality and Practice

The scope of work of the Commission on Quality and Practice is to study and develop recommendations, policies, and programs for family medicine in the following areas: health care delivery systems (e.g., PCMH, ACOs), performance measurement, practice redesign/quality improvement, privileging, health information technology, practice management, private sector advocacy, and physician payment. It is composed of a chair, 12 active members, one resident member, one student member and one chapter executive. This commission does not have a subcommittee.

The mission of the Commission on Quality and Practice is to provide a venue for the development of recommended policy related to the practicing family physician.