The Degree of Fellow recognizes AAFP members who have distinguished themselves among their colleagues, as well as in their communities, by their service to family medicine, by their advancement of health care to the American people and by their professional development through medical education and research. Fellows of the AAFP are recognized as Champions of Family Medicine. They are the physicians who make family medicine the premier specialty in service to their community and profession. From a personal perspective, being a Fellow signifies not only 'tenure' but one's additional work in your community, within organized medicine, within teaching, and a greater commitment to continuing professional development and/or research.
Any Active, Life or Inactive member, with dues and re-elections in good standing, may, upon application to the American Academy of Family Physicians, be elected to receive the Degree of Fellow upon fulfilling the following requirements:
You are eligible for this honor if you are an Active, Life, or Inactive member of the AAFP and have been an active AAFP member for at least six years or have held a combination of Resident and Active membership for at least six years.
Download the Degree of Fellow Application(17 page PDF)
Please note the Commission on Membership and Member Services reviews the application every three years. The application was reviewed in 2013 and will be up for review in 2016. Changes were made to benefit the Degree of Fellow Program and eligible members by applying AAFP resources within the application, and incorporating the various professional backgrounds of our diverse members. The printed version of the application includes these changes.
Start an online Application
Please send your completed application and Fellowship fee to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to:
American Academy of Family Physicians
Attention: Heather Ynda
11400 Tomahawk Creek Parkway
Leawood, KS 66211-2672.
Members elected to Fellow status are granted the privilege of using the initials “FAAFP” after their name and are honored during a special Convocation Ceremony at the Family Medicine Experience (FMX) annual meeting. Some chapters also present the degree during their annual meeting. Please contact your chapter for details.
You may request, in writing, an exception from the Academy. Provided that your situation meets one of the requirements below, you will receive the certificate in absentia.
Failure to attend a ceremony without obtaining an absentia status will in no way alter your Fellowship status. If you receive absentia status your certificate will be mailed to you 6 to 8 weeks after the convocation ceremony.
A press release for your hometown newspaper is available at the convention.
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Degree of Fellow