• Teaching, Physician Responsibility

    The development of a strong and diverse family medicine workforce sufficient to  meet the interdisciplinary needs of a primary care medical home is dependent upon trained, supported and available preceptors. The American Academy of Family Physicians needs physicians to actively engage in physician education, including the teaching of resident physicians, medical students and other health providers. The AAFP supports efforts to recruit, develop, train and retain faculty and preceptors in medical school departments, residencies and the community to help build a diverse workforce that addresses health disparities.  Recruitment efforts should focus on finding faculty mentors that represent the depth and breadth of family medicine. Supporting efforts that enhance family physician faculty mentoring, training and teaching resources - for undergraduate and graduate medical education - will improve family medicine education and attract and develop the next generation of family physicians, clinicians, leaders and educators. (1987) (2020 COD)