Family physicians, by virtue of their position and accepted responsibilities in their communities, are uniquely poised to assume positions of leadership to improve the lives of individual patients, communities, and the health care system.
The training of family physicians emphasizes communication skills, interdisciplinary teamwork, and systems-based approaches to patient-centered care. Family physicians are encouraged to use their problem-solving skills to advocate for health care solutions at local, state, national, and international levels.
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is dedicated to the development, improvement and transformation of leadership skills for family physicians, family medicine residents, and interested medical students through all phases of education and practice. By providing an integrated and progressive leadership curriculum through a multidisciplinary approach, the AAFP will empower family physicians to become life-long leaders and advocates to improve patient care quality, safety, and access, and to establish the standards of excellence within health care.
(2006) (May 2016 BOD)