• Descriptions of Commissions

    The Board of Directors appoints commissions to deliberate on issues within their scope of work, new strategic ideas, and referrals from several entities within the AAFP.

    Commissions make recommendations to the Board regarding policy, development of new programs and projects, improvements to current activities, and potential discontinuation of activities.

    Below you will find a list of the current AAFP Commissions which links to a detailed description of their mission and purpose:

    Commission on Continuing Professional Development (COCPD)

    The Commission on Continuing Professional Development works directly to support the AAFP's Strategic Objective on Clinical Expertise (Education) by supporting the lifelong learning of family physician members and other health care professionals. The goals of the commission are to guide the AAFP's credit system and the Academy's provision of continuing medical education that helps members and other health care professionals demonstrate continuous improvement in knowledge, competence, practice performance, and patient outcomes, as well as fulfill the educational requirements for licensure and certification.

    The COCPD’s priority areas of attention include:

    1. AAFP CME Accreditation (of various credit categories)
      a. Oversee periodic review of AAFP CME credit requirements to reaffirm or if appropriate, recommend changes or enhancements to said requirements.
      b. Oversee the review of applications for AAFP CME credit, to evaluate whether the application for credit should be approved or denied.
      c. Interact with other entities when appropriate to collaborate on matters pertaining to scope of work, such as educational aspects of the AAFP’s requirements for membership re-election.                                                
    2. Development, presentation, maintenance and refinement of existing and novel CME/CPD delivery methods and modalities.
    3. CME/CPD aspects of Continuing Board Certification (Maintenance of Certification) and Maintenance of Licensure (MOL), including self-assessment and lifelong learning, assessment of knowledge and skill, and improvement of performance in practice. This can include discussion and collaboration with colleagues affiliated with other accreditation systems, regulatory entities, certifying and licensing boards, and other oversight bodies.
    4. Performance Improvement CME (PI-CME), including support for the AAFP’s METRIC and PerformanceNavigator activities, and incorporation of performance improvement principles into other CME activities.
    5. AAFP CME/CPD Curricular Framework. The framework defines the scope of topics for which educational activities are designed, to ensure that AAFP CME activities are evidence-based and designed to address gaps in professional practice performance as determined through needs assessments conducted as a fundamental part of CME activity planning.
    6. Oversight of the planning, provision, and evaluation on all AAFP-provided CME activities, incuding sessions offered through the Family Medicine Experience (FMX) annual meeting, national courses, procedure workshops, journals and subscriptions, and other means.

    Members serve a four-year term. Members of the COCPD meet twice each year (January/February and May/June, with meeting months varying each year), along with the other commissions. They also participate throughout the year in fulfilling the commisson's responsibilities. This can include, for example, document review and discussion via social media; participation in conference calls, webinars, and various work groups; representation of the commission on AAFP's cross-commission committees, and so on, as needed.

    Note: The chair of the Commission on Continuing Professional Development (COCPD) and the COCPD Executive Committee (specifically, the chair and 4th year commission members), and the lead physician decision maker of each continuing medical education (CME) activity will be independent of conflicts of interest during their time of tenure as defined in the AAFP’s CME COI policy.

    Are you interested in participating in this commission?

    • First, contact your chapter prior to starting/submitting an application. 
    • Then, confirm that there is an opening on the commission by reviewing the list of current Commission Position Vacancies.
    • Then, complete the online Commission Nomination Form.  (open 7/15/2020 through 10/15/2020)

    Are you interested in participating in the commission's leadership?

    • First, contact your chapter prior to starting/submitting an application.
    • Then, you should download and review the Commission Chair Nomination Form (will open 5/15/2020).
    • You may also want to read the 2020 Commission Chair Orientation Manual to get an understanding of the responsibilities you will have if you are selected to be the chairperson of a committee.  

    Commission on Education (COE)

    The mission of the Commission on Education is to provide a venue for the development of recommended policy and the dissemination of expertise and new information related to the education and professional development of family physicians until completion of the residency training period. It's priority areas include:

    Scope of Work

    1. Workforce
      a. Support the “pipeline” of family physician development, from student interest in family medicine careers to family physician workforce policy
      b. Inform and monitor the development and adminisration of targeted AAFP strategies that lead to student choice and ouput of family physicians at a rate that is consistent with the organizational aims and informed by data of public needs.
    2. Student Interest/Student Choice
      a. Support an understanding of the factors that contribute to student choice of family medicine as a specialty.
      b. Facilitate the portfolio of interventions used to promote family medicine careers including communications, admissions/pipeline, role models/mentors, educational opportunities, and medical education financing.
    3. Student and Resident Issues
      a. Protect the interests and well-being of all students and residents as learners and developing professionals.
      b. Increase AAFP resident member engagement and competency in population health by demonstrating knowledge and competency of applying risk stratification to a patient population.
      c. Monitor and advise the Board on the impact of changes in the resident clinical learning environment including residency duty hours' restrictions, and provide recommendations regarding pertinent Academy policy.
    4. Curriculum
      a. Promote the evolution of the training curriculum for family medicine to meet the needs of the future, and support for the infrastructure to provide it.
      b. Collaborate with the academic community to develop and maintain curriculum tools and resources that support quality family medicine education.
      c. Maintain Recommended Curriculum Guidelines for Family Medicine Residents.
    5. National Conference
      a. Oversee the planning and evaluation of the National Conference, paying particular attention to the nature and range of education sessions.
      b. Ensure the effective and efficient operation of the resident and student congresses.
      c. Facilitate the screening process for appointing resident and student members to AAFP commissions and other leadership positions.
      d. Cultivate leadership competencies and provide experiences for aspiring and developing family physicians
    6. Educational Awards
      a. Recognize the exemplary contributions to the discipline of family medicine through its educators by collecting nominees and make recommendations for national awards.

    Commission Membership and Terms
    The commission consists of 12 members, who serve a four-year term, appointed by the AAFP Board of Directors, the chair of the commission, seven liaison members who attend the commission meetings, seven liaison members who attend the commission meetings, and seven liaison members who represent the Commission on Education at other meetings, four resident members and four student members.

    Liaisons who attend the COE represent the AAFP Board of Directors, the Academic Departments of Family Medicine, the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors, the American Medical Association, the American Osteopathic Association/American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (AOA/ACOFP), the Area Health Education Center, the AAFP Foundation, and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

    Meetings and Time Required
    Members serve a four-year term. Members of the COE and the liaison representatives serve on one of the four subcommittees:

    1. Subcommittee on Graduate Curriculum (SGC)
    2. Subcommittee on Global Family Medicine (SGFM)
    3. Subcommittee on Resident and Student Issues (SRSI)
    4. Subcommittee on National Conference Planning (SNCP)

    The full COE and the subcommittees meet twice each year (January/February and May/June, with meeting months varying each year), in addition to conference calls scheduled on an as needed basis. Members are expected to:

    • Be effective participants, working closely with the commission chair and the chairs of their respective subcommittees.
    • Attend all meetings and stay for the entire meeting.
    • Participate on all conference calls, and complete the subcommittee work and/or group assignments. 
    • Read the meeting agenda and will have studied the issues prior to the scheduled meetings.

    Are you interested in participating in this commission?

    • First, contact your chapter prior to starting/submitting an application.
    • Then, confirm that there is an opening on the commission by reviewing the list of current Commission Position Vacancies.
    • Then, complete the online Commission Nomination Form.  (open 7/15/2020 through 10/15/2020)

    Are you interested in participating in the commission's leadership?

    • First, contact your chapter prior to starting/submitting an application.
    • Then, you should download and review the Commission Chair Nomination Form. (will open 5/15/2020)
    • You may also want to read the 2020 Commission Chair Orientation Manual to get an understanding of the responsibilities you will have if you are selected to be the chairperson of a committee.

    Commission on Federal and State Policy (CFSP)

    Responsibilities and Scope of Work
    The Commission on Federal and State Policy (CFSP) informs and guides the Academy's federal advocacy program and the AAFP’s support for constituent chapters in their advocacy efforts before state governments. Commission members participate in the following regular activities within the commission’s scope of work:

    • Analysis of state and federal legislative and regulatory policy issues impacting family physicians, patients and the health care system.
    • Provide recommendations for potential revisions to state and federal legislative and regulatory policy issues that would have a positive impact on family physicians, patients and the health care system.
    • Production of white papers and policy position statements aimed at informing and influencing legislative and regulatory policies at the state and federal levels.
    • Collaboration with reference committees at the Congress of Delegates to provide expert analysis of proposed resolutions and their alignment with and impact on AAFP legislative and regulatory policies objectives.
    • Review of resolutions approved by the Congress of Delegates, National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL) and the Student & Resident Congress.
    • Five-year review of relevant AAFP policies.

    The work priorities of the Commission would be established by one of two pathways:

    1. AAFP Board of Directors – the AAFP Board of Directors may direct the CFSP to engage in a project via its deliberative process.
    2. AAFP Board Chair – state chapters, other AAFP Commissions, AAFP members or AAFP staff may submit a request that the CFSP engage in a project to the AAFP Board Chair for consideration and decision. Recommendations would be submitted to the AAFP CEO for consideration by the Board Chair.

    Each project must adhere to the following criteria:

    • Direct impact on family physicians and/or the patient care provided by family physicians.
    • Direct association with an existing or proposed state and/or federal law or regulation.
    • Have broad impact on family physicians (i.e. – not a single state issue).
    • Provide a minimum of 6-months for delivery of final product

    Commission Membership and Terms
    Members serve a four-year term. The commission meets twice a year.

    Meetings and Time Required

    1. During the winter cluster of commission meetings
    2. Immediately after the annual Family Medicine Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC, ususally held in April or May

    The winter cluster meeting held in January or February each year is usually a day and a half with subcommittee and workforce meetings preceding the commission meeting. The one-day meeting associated with the Advocacy Summit generally follows the FMAS. Commission members are expected to attend both FMAS and SLC.

    One member of the CFSP is assigned to attend the American Medical Association’s State Legislative Strategy Meeting, lasting for three days in January. The Commission has a liaison to the FamMedPAC Board and to the Member Interest Group on Single Payer Health Care.  Finally, the commission chair designates a member to participate on the AAFP’s Working Group on Rural Health (WGRH) and another member for the AAFP’s Subcommittee on Health Equity (SHE).  Both WGRH and SHE generally meet before the winter cluster of commission meetings in Kansas City.

    Are you interested in participating in this commission?

    • First, contact your chapter prior to starting/submitting an application.
    • Then, confirm that there is an opening on the commission by reviewing the list of current Commission Position Vacancies.
    • Then, complete the online Commission Nomination Form.  (open 7/15/2020 through 10/15/2020)

    Are you interested in participating in the commission's leadership?

    • First, contact your chapter prior to starting/submitting an application.
    • Then, you should download and review the Commission Chair Nomination Form. (will open 5/15/2020)
    • You may also want to read the 2020 Commission Chair Orientation Manual to get an understanding of the responsibilities you will have if you are selected to be the chairperson of a committee.

    Commission on Finance and Insurance (CFI)

    The Commission on Finance and Insurance is a standing Commission of the American Academy of Family Physicians as provided for in the AAFP Bylaws (Article XIII, Section 1). It reviews various matters of the AAFP both as routine charges of the commission and upon referral from the Board, other commissions and committees, or the Congress of Delegates. Commission members gain a very thorough understanding of the AAFP structure and function by review and participation in the budget process. All actions of the commission (except for member reimbursement policies) are referred to the Board of Directors for final action. Its priority areas of attention include:

    1. Financial Performance - Monitors the Academy’s financial performance, provides ongoing financial and budgetary advice and arranges for an annual audit of the books by a licensed certified public accountant.
    2. Budget - Reviews and submits the annual budget for the Board of Directors approval. Recommends member dues amounts to the Board for their approval.
    3. Reimbursement of Member Honoraria and Expense - As stated in the Bylaws, the Commission establishes the reimbursement of those representing the Academy on official business, including Officers, members of the Board of Directors, members of commissions and committees and other similar organizational entities.
    4. Investments - Reviews and advises on the Academy’s investment policy, including asset allocations, manager or fund selection and performance monitoring.
    5. Member Insurance Services - Investigate, develop and maintain programs of insurance and investments for the protection and benefit of Academy members and to encourage enrollment in Academy insurance and investment programs.
    6. Risk Management

    Members serve a four-year term. The commission meets once a year at  AAFP headquarters, normally in April. Each meeting is normally two to two and a half days long (Friday and Saturday, sometimes Sunday morning). Agendas are mailed approximately a week in advance of the meeting for review and preparation for the meeting. A new member orientation is held for three hours at the beginning of the meeting. The commission also meets in late July and late November by conference call to discuss the prior quarter’s investment results and other commission business. Infrequently, the commission or its Executive Committee may have the need for another conference call to discuss various issues. Members of the commission receive monthly mailings of the financial statements of the AAFP for their review.

    The Chair of the Commission also attends a day and half budget review session held at the AAFP’s headquarters in March.

    Are you interested in participating in this commission?

    • First, contact your chapter prior to starting/submitting an application.
    • Then, confirm that there is an opening on the commission by reviewing the list of current Commission Position Vacancies.
    • Then, complete the online Commission Nomination Form.  (open 7/15/2020 through 10/15/2020)

    Are you interested in participating in the commission's leadership?

    • First, contact your chapter prior to starting/submitting an application.
    • Then, you should download and review the Commission Chair Nomination Form. (will open 5/15/2020)
    • You may also want to read the 2020 Commission Chair Orientation Manual to get an understanding of the responsibilities you will have if you are selected to be the chairperson of a committee.


    Commission on Health of the Public and Science (CHPS)

    The work of CHPS is constant, diverse, and significant.  Through its three subcommittees, working group, and many member interest groups, CHPS supports all four of AAFP’s Strategic Objectives: Payment Reform, Practice Transformation, Family Medicine Workforce, and Clinical Expertise.

    CHPS members serve four years and attend two annual in-person meetings (January/February and May/June, with meeting months varying each year) in addition to teleconferences and webinars throughout the year. Each commission member typically serves on multiple CHPS subcommittees and its working group, and may also participate in AAFP member interest groups. Additionally, CHPS members are often chosen to serve as advisors or AAFP representatives on national panels and programs external to AAFP that guide the development of health policies that define standards of care in practice. These national-level efforts have far-reaching implications as the clinical evidence helps define both quality performance metrics for practices and coverage of evidence-based care by insurance companies.

    In addition to addressing AAFP resolutions, CHPS is often tasked with developing or updating policy statements or position papers in response to current events and public health needs thus supporting AAFP’s Board and representing our membership as we address the nation’s most pressing health concerns. CHPS also supports longitudinal campaigns that are the joint products of AAFP’s collaborating partner organizations, such as Choosing Wisely.

    There are three CHPS subcommittees, each chaired by an appointed commission member. All subcommittees regularly process referrals from the Board of Directors, Congress of Delegates, National Conference of Constituency Leaders, and the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students.

    1. Subcommittee on Clinical Recommendations and Policies (SCRP): Responsibilities include first-line review of supporting evidence for clinical practice guidelines and clinical recommendations for the AAFP, including preventive services recommendations and immunizations. SCRP is also tasked with developing, updating and evaluating clinical guidance to ensure relevance and value to members and patients.
    2. Subcommittee on Public Health Issues (SPHI): Responsibilities include evaluating and recommending policies touching broad topics of health that affect populations (for example, gun safety, violence, climate change, and safety of the food and water supply).
    3. Subcommittee on Health Equity (SHE): Responsibilities include reviewing, developing and recommending policies that address disparities in care and health.  Because promotion of health equity is a multi-faceted undertaking, SHE includes members of other AAFP commissions. It also provides input to the AAFP’s Center for Diversity and Health Equity.
    4. Working Group on Primary Care and Public Health Integration (PC/PHI):  Responsibilities include advancing the Academy’s role in integration with public health to advance population and community health, specifically by seeking to assist members in carrying out the call to action of the Integration position paper.

    CHPS members serve as liaisons between AAFP member interest groups (MIGs) and CHPS. The MIGs within CHPS purview include the following:

    1. Member Interest Group on Adolescent Health
    2. Member Interest Group on Breastfeeding Medicine
    3. Member Interest Group on Climate Change and Environmental Health
    4. Member Interest Group on Global Health
    5. Member Interest Group on Lifestyle Medicine
    6. Member Interest Group on Oral Health
    7. Member Interest Group on Reproductive Health Care
    8. Member Interest Group on Obstetrics
    9. Member Interest Group on Intimate Partner Violence
    10. Member Interest Group on Integrative Medicine
    11. Member Interest Group on Medical Aid in Dying

    Are you interested in participating in this commission?

    • First, contact your chapter prior to starting/submitting an application.
    • Then, confirm that there is an opening on the commission by reviewing the list of current Commission Position Vacancies.
    • Then, complete the online Commission Nomination Form.  (open 7/15/2020 through 10/15/2020)

    Are you interested in participating in the commission's leadership?

    • First, contact your chapter prior to starting/submitting an application.
    • Then, you should download and review the Commission Chair Nomination Form. (will open 5/15/2020)
    • You may also want to read the 2020 Commission Chair Orientation Manual to get an understanding of the responsibilities you will have if you are selected to be the chairperson of a committee.

    Commission on Membership and Member Services (CMMS)

    The goals of this commission are to guide the AAFP's membership efforts and to assist the constituent chapters in their membership efforts. Responsibilities include recruitment/retention efforts, value of membership, member services, life-stage career issues, special needs, awards, international membership, urban/rural membership issues, Degree of Fellow, member constituencies, National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL) planning, chapter relations (Annual Chapter Leaders Forum [ACLF]), leadership development, member interest groups, and monitor membership trends. In addition, the commission may be asked for decisions or input on other issues, including:

    • Dues Reduction Appeals
    • Membership issues, programs

    The full CMMS and the subcommittees meet twice each year (January/February and May/June, with meeting months varying each year), in addition to conference calls scheduled on an as needed basis. Members are expected to be effective participants, working closely with the commission chair and the chairs of their respective subcommittees.

    Members serve a four-year term. The commission meets twice a year in February and June during the winter and summer clusters.

    Are you interested in participating in this commission?

    • First, contact your chapter prior to starting/submitting an application.
    • Then, confirm that there is an opening on the commission by reviewing the list of current Commission Position Vacancies.
    • Then, complete the online Commission Nomination Form.  (open 7/15/2020 through 10/15/2020)

    Are you interested in participating in the commission's leadership?

    • First, contact your chapter prior to starting/submitting an application.
    • Then, you should download and review the Commission Chair Nomination Form. (will open 5/15/2020)
    • You may also want to read the 2020 Commission Chair Orientation Manual to get an understanding of the responsibilities you will have if you are selected to be the chairperson of a committee.

    Commission on Quality and Practice (CQP)

    The commission works to improve the practice environment of family physicians. It directly supports the AAFP's Strategic Objective on Practice Enhancement. The commission studies and develops recommendations, policies, and programs for family medicine in the following areas:

    • Health care delivery systems
    • Performance measurement
    • Practice redesign/quality improvement
    • Privileging
    • Health information technology
    • Practice management
    • Private sector advocacy
    • Physician payment
    • Practice Environment

    Members serve a four-year term. The commission meets face-to-face twice a year during the winter and summer clusters (January/February and May/June, with meeting months varying each year) and works between meetings to accomplish the commissions work.

    CQP members serve as liaisons between AAFP member interest groups (MIGs) and CQP. The MIGs within CQP purview include the following:

    1. Member Interest Group on Direct Primary Care
    2. Member Interest Group on Employed Physicians
    3. Member Interest Group on EMR Optimization
    4. Member Interest Group on Hospital Medicine
    5. Member Interest Group on Independent Solo/Small Group Practice
    6. Member Interest Group on Telehealth

    Are you interested in participating in this commission?

    • First, contact your chapter prior to starting/submitting an application.
    • Then, confirm that there is an opening on the commission by reviewing the list of current Commission Position Vacancies.
    • Then, complete the online Commission Nomination Form.  (open 7/15/2020 through 10/15/2020)

    Are you interested in participating in the commission's leadership?

    • First, contact your chapter prior to starting/submitting an application.
    • Then, you should download and review the Commission Chair Nomination Form. (will open 5/15/2020)
    • You may also want to read the 2020 Commission Chair Orientation Manual to get an understanding of the responsibilities you will have if you are selected to be the chairperson of a committee.