Congress of Delegates

The Congress of Delegates (COD) is the Academy's policy-making body. Its membership consists of two delegates and two alternates from each constituent chapter and from the member constituencies including new physicians, residents, students, and other constituency groups represented at the National Conference of Constituency Leaders.

The Congress elects new officers and three members to serve on the Board of Directors for the following 12 months. AAFP members are welcome to participate in hearings of the five reference committees: Advocacy, Education, Health of the Public and Science, Organization and Finance, and Practice Enhancement. Reference committees are committees of the COD that consider business (resolutions) items referred to them for recommendation to the COD for debate and action.

During the two and one-half day meeting (held prior to AAFP Family Medicine Experience), the Congress agenda includes addresses from AAFP officers, resolutions from chapters, and reports from the Board of Directors and commissions.

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2018 COD Deadlines

Resolutions: September 8

Proposed Bylaws Amendments: June 30


Attend the Congress of Delegates

October 8-10, 2018
Hilton New Orleans Riverside
(New Orleans, LA)

Hotel Reservations

Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel
2 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Delegates, Alternates, and Chapter Presidents: Book Early

Rooms are being reserved at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel (headquarter hotel) for your use. Contact your chapter today to receive the special housing link to secure reservations within the Congress of Delegates block.

Please book early, rooms will only be held until July 21, 2018 or until the block is full (whichever comes first). All other hotels will remain open for reservations until September 12, 2018.

Other Attendees

Room availability is limited at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel. Reservations can be made at any one of other 16 hotels within the AAFP block. Please access the link below to make reservations. Reserve your room online.(

Rooms at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside may become available after July 21, 2018 based on the needs of the Delegates, Alternates, and Chapter Presidents.

A note about registration materials:
Your badge and materials will be available for you to pick up at the Congress registration desk at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel.


Future COD Dates

September 23-25, 2019
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
(Philadelphia, PA)

October 12-14, 2020
Hyatt Regency Chicago
(Chicago, IL)

September 27-29, 2021
Marriott Anaheim
(Anaheim, CA)