Family Physicians' Creed

I am a family physician
one of many across this country.

This is what I believe:
You, the patient
are my first professional responsibility
whether man, woman or child
ill or well
seeking care, healing or knowledge.

You and your family deserve
high quality, affordable health care
including treatment, prevention
and health promotion.

I support access to health care for all.

The specialty of family medicine
trains me to care for the whole person
physically and emotionally, throughout life
working with your medical history and family dynamics
coordinating your care with other physicians when necessary.

This is my promise to you.

Creed, Use of

As the family physicians’ creed was copyrighted by the American Academy of Family Physicians in 1994, its use is strictly governed.

Printed Materials

The family physicians’ creed may not be reproduced on plaques, postcards, journals, displays, audiovisual presentations, signs or other materials without prior approval by the AAFP Membership Division director. Such requests must be submitted in writing to Academy headquarters and include a detailed explanation for its use and sample when possible.

Resale/Give-A-Way Materials

The family physicians’ creed may be used by the AAFP national office and its constituent and component chapters, on resale items and by members as give-a-way items which are in good taste, as determined by the AAFP Membership Division director. Such requests must be submitted in writing to Academy headquarters and include a detailed explanation for its use and a sample when possible. No outside entity may reproduce the family physicians’ creed without written permission of the AAFP.

Reproduction of the creed must contain the following attribution at the bottom of the reproduction: Printed with permission of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Copyright 1994 AAFP.

(1994) (July 2011 Board)