American Academy of Family Physicians Names New Vice President for Education

H. Clifton “Clif” Knight, MD, FAAFP, to direct all medical education and CME activities

May 12, 2014


LEAWOOD, Kan. — The American Academy of Family Physicians has named H. Clifton “Clif” Knight, MD, FAAFP, vice president for education. Knight will oversee all organizational activities related to medical education and continuing medical education. These areas include education and training of medical students and residents; student interest in the specialty of family medicine, including federal policies that affect it; and CME curriculum development, production, and accreditation and regulations.

Knight will lead a team of nearly 60 AAFP staff members as they work to promote high-quality, innovative education for physicians, residents, and medical students that encompasses the art, science, evidence and socioeconomics of family medicine.

“Dr. Knight comes to the AAFP with an extensive background in both undergraduate and graduate medical education, continuing medical education, and experience in quality improvement and patient safety, said Douglas E. Henley, M.D., AAFP’s CEO and executive vice president. “He is the right person to lead our medical education divisions in times of rapid change”.

As vice president, Knight also will help direct organization-wide strategy and policy-development activities in addition to participating actively in the activities of the AAFP Board of Directors. He is based in the AAFP’s headquarters office in Leawood, Kansas.

Knight was a family physician in Indiana for nearly 25 years. He served as chief medical and academic officer for Community Health Network in Indianapolis, where he was responsible for patient safety, medical education, research and medical staff support. Knight was previously in private practice in rural Flora, Indiana. In 2011, he was named to the board of trustees for Marian University in Indianapolis. He served on the Admissions Committee for the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, which admitted its inaugural class in August 2013. Knight served in an appointed position on the Indiana Medical Education Board, which oversees state grant funding for family medicine residency programs in Indiana.

A member of the AAFP since 1984, Knight was elected to the board of directors in 2012, a position he has resigned to take on his new role. He has served on numerous commissions and committees. He is a past chair of the AAFP Congress of Delegates Reference Committee on Practice Enhancement and the Awards Subcommittee. Knight also served as a delegate or alternate delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates for 12 years.

At the state level, Knight has been an active member of the Indiana Academy of Family Physicians since his first year of medical school in 1984. Since that time, he has served in one or more leadership positions each year, including chapter president and board chair. Knight also has chaired the Indiana AFP’s Commissions on Legislation and Education. In 2004, the Indiana AFP awarded Knight the A. Alan Fischer Award for his outstanding contributions to family medicine education. He was Indiana AFP Student of the Year in 1987.

Knight earned his undergraduate degree from Ball State University, Muncie, Ind., and his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis. He completed his family medicine residency at Community Health Network in Indianapolis, where he also served one year as chief resident. In addition, Knight completed a Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. From 1992 to 2007, Knight was a full-time faculty member in the Community Health Network Family Medicine Residency where he most recently served as interim program director.

He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and has the AAFP Degree of Fellow, an earned degree awarded to family physicians for distinguished service and continuing medical education.

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