Member Interest Groups
As a growing organization with an increasingly diverse membership, we are committed to allowing all members to have a voice in the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). To support this ongoing effort, the AAFP Board of Directors convened a task force that was charged with examining how issues that affect specific segments of the membership could be raised and addressed effectively. In April 2014, the Board approved the task force’s recommendation that AAFP member interest groups (MIGs) should be established as a way to define, recognize, and engage groups of AAFP active members who have shared professional interests.
MIGs provide a forum for AAFP members with shared professional interests. Group members have the opportunity to do the following:
- Network with fellow AAFP members
- Participate in interest-specific continuing professional development activities
- Deliver a unified message to AAFP leadership
- Suggest AAFP policy
- Provide input on AAFP policies and positions (upon request)
- Pursue professional leadership development within the AAFP
- Connect to existing AAFP resources
- Meet face-to-face at AAFP Family Medicine Experience (formerly AAFP Assembly)
Interested in Learning More or Joining a Group?
Learn about objectives and long-term goals for each AAFP MIG, or join a group.
How Are New MIGs Created?
Applications to create a member interest group must be submitted to the AAFP’s Commission on Membership and Member Services (CMMS).
The CMMS uses the following criteria when reviewing a member interest group application:
- The purpose of the proposed member interest group is consistent with the AAFP’s definition of a member interest group (i.e., a forum of AAFP active members who have shared professional interests).
- The objectives of the proposed member interest group will further the AAFP’s strategic objectives.
- Membership in the proposed member interest group is not limited on the basis of geography or employment by a single entity.
- The proposed member interest group does not duplicate the representation of an existing Board-approved member constituency.
- The proposed member interest group does not duplicate the representation of an existing AAFP chapter or membership category.
If all criteria are met, the CMMS may recommend that the AAFP Board of Directors approve establishment of the proposed member interest group.
MIG Information Guide
Download the Group Information Guide for more details about MIG officers, funding, maintenance of MIGs, commission oversight, and more.