Minority Students, Family Physicians as Role Models for

The American Academy of Family Physicians is concerned about the underrepresentation of minority groups in medicine. The impetus to become a physician may be made early in a child's life; possibly as a result of a significant contact with his or her family physician. As community leaders and ambassadors of the profession, family physicians, therefore, have a responsibility to be positive role models and advocate for family medicine. It is incumbent upon the AAFP members to take an active interest in the educational aspirations of their young patients, especially populations underrepresented in medicine, and work personally in helping young people shape their career goals in family medicine. Further, the AAFP encourages family medicine residencies to incorporate into their outreach activities efforts to engage and expose youth in their community, especially those from minority populations, to the challenges and rewards of family medicine. (1985) (2014 COD)