• Commission on Membership and Member Services (CMMS)

    The goals of this commission are to guide the Academy’s membership efforts and to assist the chapters in their membership efforts.  Commission members may also be called upon during their term for decisions or input on issues that fall under the commission’s scope of work as outlined below:

    Scope of Work

    1. Recruitment/Retention - Review/update membership eligibility requirements as necessary.
    2. Value of Membership - Help define the value of membership.
    3. Member Services - Review potential new member services
    4. Life-Stage Career Issues - Address issues of importance to members at all stages of their career including medical school, residency, new-to-practice, and retirement.
    5. Special Needs - Address special needs of the membership as they arise.
    6. Awards - Oversee the AAFP Awards program, including review of existing awards and development of potential new awards.
    7. International Membership - Review/update benefits provided to International members
    8. Urban/Rural Membership Issues - Address issues of importance to members practicing in urban/rural areas.
    9. Degree of Fellow - Administration and promotion of the Degree of Fellow.
    10. Member Constituencies (National Conference of Constituency Leaders) - Address issues of importance affecting members and their patients that are part of the AAFP’s Member Constituencies population, including Women, Minorities, New Physicians, International Medical Graduates (IMG), and LGBT.
    11. NCCL Planning - Oversight of the National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL)
    12. Chapter Relations (Annual Chapter Leader Forum) - Address issues impacting chapters and oversight of the Annual Leadership Forum (ACLF).
    13. Leadership Development – Oversight of leadership development opportunities for members, chapter leaders, and chapter staff.
    14. Member Interest Groups (MIGs) – Oversight of the MIG application process and conduct annual review of all MIGs.
    15. Monitor Membership Trends – Review membership trends and data and note any areas of concern that should be addressed. 

    In addition, the commission may be asked for decisions or input on other issues, including:

    • Dues Reduction Appeals
    • Membership issues, programs

    Commission Membership and Terms
    The commission consists of 12 members appointed by the AAFP Board of Directors, commission chair, two Board Liaisons, three Chapter Executives, one resident member, and one student member.  The AAFP Board of Directors appoints the Chair of the CMMS.  

    The CMMS has no subcommittees but does segment some of its agenda into topics by awards, member constituencies, and chapters. A discussion leader for these portions of the agenda is appointed by the CMMS chair.

    Time Required
    Number of travel days away from home: 6-8
    Number of days at home but devoted to Commission Business: 2-3

    Meetings
    The CMMS meets 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. Members are expected to attend all meetings and stay for the entire meeting, and they are expected to participate on all conference calls and complete all group assignments. Members should read the meeting agenda and study the issues prior to the scheduled meeting.

    Commission members are not expected to attend the Annual Chapter Leader Forum (ACLF) or the National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL) with the exception of the commission chair and the Member Constituencies Discussion Leader. The commission chair is also expected to attend the Congress of Delegates and Family Medicine Experience (FMX) during their term as chair.

    Reimbursement
    The Commission on Finance and Insurance establishes reimbursement policies for commission members.  Members are currently reimbursed as follows:

    • A per diem payment for attending meetings or other events on behalf of the commission.
    • Actual airfare up to a full coach ticket with the provision that multiple tickets may be purchased for family members so long as total costs do not exceed the cost for one unrestricted full coach class ticket.
    • Transportation between home and airport and airports and meeting sites is reimbursed, in addition to and separate from the per diem

    Additional detail on reimbursement policies is included in the commission member orientation manual.

    Are you interested in participating in this commission?

    • First, contact your chapter prior to starting/submitting an application.
    • Then, complete the online Commission Nomination Form.  (open 7/15/2021 through 10/15/2021)

    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 5/15/2021)
    • 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.