• Medical Student Debt

    The AAFP promotes the expansion of the workforce needed to ensure that all Americans have access to a primary care patient-centered medical home. Consequently, because the debt incurred by pursuing medical training (including leading up to, during and following medical school) serves as a barrier to choosing family medicine, the AAFP supports efforts that assist in reducing that debt burden. AAFP specifically calls for expanded funding for federal loan programs targeted to support family medicine and primary care, allowing the deferment of interest and principal payments on medical student loans until after completion of postgraduate training, allowing the tax-deductibility of interest on principal payment for such loans, and the development of innovative programs that promote medical training debt relief. (2007) (January 2022 COD)