• Family Medicine's Role in Undergraduate Medical Education

    The AAFP recommends all medical schools incorporate exposure to family medicine as an integral part of the required curriculum during the preclinical and clinical years. The AAFP is committed to making every effort to:

    1. Ensure that all medical students, by the time they graduate, understand the importance of family medicine in leading the health care system, advocating for patients, caring for communities, and striving for health equity;
    2. Increase student choice of family medicine; and
    3. Produce a diverse family medicine workforce that meets the health needs of underserved areas

    This can be achieved through early exposure to family medicine, high-quality and innovative teaching methods, longitudinal clinical experiences spanning all years, family medicine presence within the faculty and senior leadership at medical schools, family physician-role models and mentors, and institutional recognition of the value of family medicine departments for their contributions to medical education.

    The AAFP specifically recommends that all medical schools provide the following evidence-based components of a mandatory family medicine core clerkship:

            1.  Completion prior to the final year of medical school,

            2.  Length of at least four weeks but preferably greater than six weeks,

            3.  Exposure to the broad scope of family medicine, including, but not limited to:

                    A.  Inpatient and outpatient adult, adolescent, child, and newborn medicine

                    B.  In-office procedures

                    C.  Point of care ultrasound (POCUS)

                    D.  Gynecologic and pregnancy care

                    E.  Other focus areas in family medicine

                    F.  Emerging technologies in medicine

            4.  Longitudinal continuity with preceptors from preclinical throughout clinical years, and

            5.  Promotion of family medicine as a calling.

    (1973) (October 2023 COD)