General Awards

These awards recognize individuals and organizations who are deemed to have made exceptional advances in furthering the strategic objectives of the Academy. This program assists AAFP members and staff, as well as constituent chapters, to identify, select and recommend appropriate forms of recognition for exceptional initiatives or efforts that benefit Family Medicine.

The AAFP Office of Governance tracks all awards given by the organization and maintains records of previous recipients, award citations and photographs of actual awards for reference.

  • AAFP Award for Distinguished and Meritorious Service to Family Medicine

    This award recognizes members, nonmembers, chapter executives with 25-year service, and entities for long-time dedication to furthering the objectives of the AAFP and furthering the specialty of family medicine.

  • Congressional Champion of Family Medicine Award

    This award commends exceptional individual leadership to members of U.S. Congress and Congressional and/or Administration staff.

  • Executive Legacy Award

    This award recognizes retiring chapter executives who have a minimum of 10 years of service to the chapter in the executive position.

  • President's Award

    This award honors exemplary dedication to the improvement of health care through the advancement of the objectives and purposes of the AAFP, as outlined in the Academy Bylaws.

  • Public Health Award

    The AAFP's Public Health Award recognizes the important contributions that family physicians make to advancing the health of the public at the national, state, or local levels. Nominations are due May 31, 2019.

  • Honorary Membership

    This award recognizes outstanding service to the AAFP or the medical profession.

  • John G. Walsh Award for Lifetime Contributions to Family Medicine

    This award recognizes dedication and leadership that furthers the development of Family Medicine.