• Commission on Education (COE)

    The mission of the Commission on Education (COE) 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. Its priority areas of attention include:

    Scope of Work

    1.    Workforce

    • Support the “pipeline” of family physician development, from student interest in family medicine careers to family physician workforce policy.
    • Inform and monitor the development and administration of targeted AAFP strategies that lead to student choice and output 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

    • Support an understanding of the factors that contribute to student choice of family medicine as a specialty.
    • 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

    • Protect the interests and well-being of all students and residents as learners and developing professionals.
    • Increase AAFP resident member engagement and competency in population health by demonstrating knowledge and competency of applying risk stratification to a patient population.
    • 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

    • 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.
    • Collaborate with the academic community to develop and maintain curriculum tools and resources that support quality family medicine education. 
    • Maintain Recommended Curriculum Guidelines for Family Medicine Residents.

    5.    National Conference

    • Oversee the planning and evaluation of the National Conference, paying particular attention to the nature and range of education sessions. 
    • Ensure the effective and efficient operation of the resident and student congresses. 
    • Facilitate the screening process for appointing resident and student members to AAFP commissions and other leadership positions.
    • Cultivate leadership competencies and provide experiences for aspiring and developing family physicians.

    6.    Educational Awards

    • 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 13 members appointed by the American Academy of Family Physician’s (AAFP) Board of Directors (for a four-year term), seven liaison members who attend the commission meetings, seven liaison members who represent the Commission on Education at other meetings, four resident members and four student members. The members selected by the AAFP Board of Directors include the chair of the COE, the chairs of the Subcommittee on Graduate Curriculum (SGC), the Subcommittee on Resident and Student Issues (SRSI), and the Subcommittee on National Conference Planning (SNCP). 

    Liaisons who attend the COE represent the AAFP Board of Directors, the Academic Departments of Family Medicine (ADFM), the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (AFMRD), the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Osteopathic Association/American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (AOA/ACOFP), the National Area Health Education Center (AHEC), the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM), the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), and the AAFP Foundation Board of Trustees.

    Meetings and Time Required

    Members of the COE and the liaison representatives serve on one of the three subcommittees. The full COE and its 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.


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

    • A per diem payment when traveling or attending meetings or other events on behalf of the commission or committee in lieu of reimbursement for hotel and meals.   
    • Actual air fare up to a full coach ticket with the provision that multiple tickets may be purchased for family members as long as total costs do not exceed the cost of one unrestricted full coach class ticket.
    • The cost of parking personal autos and/or 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/committee 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 7/15/2022 through 10/15/2022).

    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 5/15/2022).
    • You may also want to read the 2021 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.