Become an Active Member of the AAFP
Good things happen when you join the AAFP.
As a family physician, you deliver a range of acute, chronic, and preventative medical care services. You've got a lot on your plate, but you shouldn't have to go it alone.
Membership gives you the support you need to build and sustain your practice, provide quality patient care, connect with like-minded peers, support the speciality, advocate at a legislative level, and advance your career.
Good things happen when you join the AAFP.
As a member of the AAFP, you'll join more than 129,000 of your peers and access a variety of members-only resources including:
- CME reporting tools
- Practice enhancement resources
- Discounts on CME self-study, live courses, and quizzes
- AAFP staff to answer questions about billing, coding, payment, and more
- Member interest groups
- Representation at the local, state, and national level
- And much more
"What I love about the AAFP is the opportunity to make a difference for my patients and community, at present and into the future. I am able to be among my peers when we reach beyond ourselves."
— David Schmitz, MD, FAAFP, Idaho
Eligibility for Active Membership
To be eligible for active membership, a physician must have completed one of the following:
- An Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-approved three-year family medicine residency program; or
- An American Osteopathic Association (AOA)-approved one-year rotating general or family medicine internship, plus two years of an AOA-approved general or family medicine residency program; or
- An AOA-approved three-year general or family medicine residency program; or
- A College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)-approved family medicine residency program. Physicians who meet this requirement also must be board certified by the CFPC and practice exclusively within the United States.
Physicians who are board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) through a reciprocity agreement between the ABFM and a foreign college of family medicine or general practice are also eligible for active membership.
In addition, applicants must be licensed to practice medicine either:
- In the state in which they are practicing/working currently; or
- In another state, if the applicant’s employer does not require physicians to hold a license in the state in which they are practicing/working
Applicants for active membership who have held active or supporting family physician membership within the past two years must provide evidence of 100 approved continuing medical education (CME) credits completed during the two years immediately preceding application. CME records should be submitted to:
Attn: AAFP Member Resource Center
11400 Tomahawk Creek Parkway
Leawood, KS 66211-2680
Fax: (913) 906-6075
- May have floor at Congress of Delegates
- May vote on organizational matters
- May hold leadership office
General Membership Information
- Applications are approved at the national level, subject to AAFP Bylaws.
- National headquarters completes enrollment. Transfers from one classification to another must be approved by the chapter.
- If all membership requirements are met, membership is continued on an annual basis, unless notification is received from the member.
ABOUT CHAPTER MEMBERSHIP
AAFP membership is unified, which means that members are required to belong to the national AAFP and to their appropriate chapter. The AAFP has a chapter for each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Uniformed Services, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Members are also required to belong to a local chapter, if one exists in their area.
Chapter membership makes it convenient for AAFP members to access relevant information and focused resources right where they live and work. Chapters offer local and regional opportunities to network, mentor, volunteer, take a leadership role, and get involved in the AAFP.
If applicant has not held Active membership within the last two years, CME credits are not required. If the applicant has held Active membership within the last two years, the applicant must provide evidence of 100 approved CME credits completed during the two years immediately preceding application.
Continuing Study Requirements
Active members with a CME requirement must accrue and report, within each re-election term, a minimum of 150 credits of approved CME of which at least 75 credits must be AAFP prescribed credit and 25 credits must be live activities.
DEFINITION OF "APPROVED CME"
In interpreting the "postgraduate study of a nature acceptable to the AAFP Commission on Continuing Professional Development," the general rule is that all AAFP-approved courses are acceptable. Contact with the individual's chapter is recommended to determine whether an applicant's hours are acceptable for membership, re-election, or transfer to another membership classification.