Student Choice of Family Medicine, Incentives for Increasing

The AAFP calls on entities including, but not limited to medical schools, state governments, the federal government, and private firms to develop and support programs and incentives that encourage student career choice of family medicine. In doing so, the AAFP recognizes the multifaceted and complex factors leading to specialty choice. These programs and incentives could be financial, educational, institutional, or political in nature. They include, but are not limited to:

  1. Financial incentives, including scholarship programs and tuition waivers for students who commit to family medicine, medical student educational loan forgiveness programs, and low-interest loan programs for family medicine residents and practicing physicians.
  2. Innovative educational programs for students from elementary school through medical school that provide age-appropriate mentoring and experiential learning.
  3. Resources, support, and leadership and training development for physician-mentors and faculty.
  4. Medical School admissions policies that recognize and value attributes found in successful primary care clinicians.
  5. LCME standards that require family medicine education during medical school training.
  6. GME modernization proposals that protect funding for primary care residencies.
  7. Preservation of full scope family medicine training and practice opportunities.
  8. Payment that appropriately values payment for primary care services.
  9. Innovative research for primary care at all levels including quality improvement, comparative effectiveness, translational, and community-based participatory research
  10. State and federal policies that value a primary care based physician workforce.
  11. Continued opportunities for involvement in public health and advocacy efforts.
  12. Training opportunities in which physicians are leaders of team-based primary care.

(2006) (2011 COD)