Make the trek to Alamo City for this year's AAFP Congress of Delegates (COD), which will meet Sept. 11-13 in the Texas Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt San Antonio. The COD will convene in conjunction with the AAFP Family Medicine Experience, which is scheduled for Sept. 12-16.
During the COD's reference committee hearings on Sept. 11, AAFP members will have an opportunity to share their views on various resolutions up for consideration, thereby helping to shape new AAFP policies. Delegates will vote on those resolutions in subsequent business sessions. Then, on Sept. 13, the delegates will elect AAFP officers and members of the Board of Directors from the 12 candidates vying for Academy offices.
But before then, members can review each candidate's personal statement and find out more about the candidates -- what they've accomplished and what they find important -- by exploring the 2017 AAFP Candidates web page.
From there, you can link to each candidate's individual page, where you can access that candidate's
- personal campaign statement,
- contact information,
- biography and
- curriculum vitae.
You can also access those individual pages through the photos below. Either way, be sure to have your member ID information handy; you'll need it to login.
If you find you share common ground with certain candidates on issues that matter to you, your practice and your patients, consider asking your chapter delegates to the COD to vote for those candidates.
In addition, although the AAFP's Candidate Campaign Activities and Rules document(31 page PDF) states that candidates for Academy offices may not use official AAFP social media channels (e.g., AAFP Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Google+) for campaigning purposes, candidates are welcome to use the official COD event hashtag -- #aafpcod -- in any messages from their personal Twitter accounts, including campaign messages. Academy members with Twitter accounts can then use that COD hashtag to follow campaign activities and other events leading up to the election.
Further information about this year's COD is available online, including links to a tentative schedule of official activities, housing and registration information, a listing of resolutions and reports submitted to date, and more.