Medical Schools, Service to Minority, Vulnerable and Underserved Populations

Access to the health care system and the provision of health care services to disadvantaged, disenfranchised, minority, vulnerable and underserved populations are vital roles and obligations for the medical schools and medical teaching programs of the U.S.

The AAFP supports the inclusion of education on health care for minority, vulnerable and underserved populations in medical school curricula.

The AAFP supports the priority of encouraging U.S. medical school graduates to practice in rural and urban underserved communities.

The AAFP encourages medical student recruitment from rural, minority and underserved population areas.

The AAFP encourages family medicine residencies to recruit medical students from rural, minority and underserved populations.

The AAFP supports the expansion of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) as an appropriate strategy to improve the health care of rural, minority and underserved populations.

The AAFP encourages the federal, state and local governments to support initiatives that result in medical students and residents selecting family medicine careers in rural, minority and underserved population areas. (2003) (2014 April BOD)