“Throw Back Thursday” AAFP style

“Throw Back Thursday” AAFP style

As part of our 70th anniversary celebration, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to see family medicine memories and photos each week.


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From 1974 until 1983, the staff of the AAFP Division of Education answered calls on the Academy’s “Hot Line” to help unmatched students and residents find first-year family practice residency positions. In its last year, the “Hot Line” handled approximately 1,200 calls in a four day period.

Today, the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program®(SOAP®) is a National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) run program that takes place during Match Week to match any unfilled residency positions with unmatched applicants. The SOAP requires the exclusive use of the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®) by both applicants and programs during Match Week to express preferences and make/receive offers for unfilled positions.

2017 NRMP Match Highlights

  • 3,237 medical students and graduates matched to family medicine residency programs in 2017, the most in family medicine’s history as a specialty.
  • Of those matches, 1,530positions were filled with U.S. Seniors, 810 fewer than the historical peak (2,340 in 1997).
  • Family medicine offered 3,378positions, 118 more than 2016.
  • This is the eighth straight yearthat the family medicine match rate climbed year-over-year.

Photo #1


This photo is of the first Board of Directors that served from 1947-49. Mac F. Cahal, JD was the first executive for the AAGP and was hired in November of 1947. Cahal was given a five-year contract that ran from January 1949 through December of 1953. His annual salary was $20,000, plus other benefits.

Seated left to right:

Mac F. Cahal, JD, Executive Secretary, Kansas City, Missouri; Ulrich R. Bryner, MD, Treasurer, Salt Lake City, Utah; Paul A. Davis, MD, President, Akron, Ohio; Elmer C. Texter, MD, Vice President, Detroit, Michigan; and Stanley R. Truman, MD, Secretary, Oakland, California.

2nd Row:

George Marchmont-Robinson, MD, Director 1947-50, Chicago, Illinois; Holland T. Jackson, MD, Director 1947-51, Fort Worth, Texas; Robert C. McElvain, MD, Director 1947-50, St. Louis, Missouri; F.G. Benn, MD, Director 1947-49, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Lester D. Bibler, MD, Director 1947-49, Indianapolis, Indiana.

3rd Row:

Robert M. Lemmon, MD, Director 1947-51, Akron, Ohio; Arch Walls, MD, Director 1947-51, Detroit, Michigan; Jason P. Sanders, MD, Director 1947-49, Shreveport, Louisiana; and D.G. Miller, Jr., MD, Director 1947-50, Morgantown, Kentucky.


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