• You Deserve the Best Resources—for FREE.

    You already know the journey you’re on will be worth it, but it doesn’t hurt to have a community to lean on throughout medical school.

    Join the thousands of members who have gone before you in networking, learning, and growing as physicians together when you become part of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Gain access to all the support the AAFP provides for FREE from current enrollment until medical school graduation.

    How to Join

    Student Membership Eligibility

    • Medical students enrolled in allopathic or osteopathic medical schools that are:
    • Accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
    • Accredited the American Osteopathic Association's Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (AOA COCA)
    • Listed as operational in the then-current edition of the World Directory of Medical Schools


    Join as a student member for free. Membership ends automatically upon graduation or withdrawal from medical school. .


    Medical students may apply by mail, fax, or online. 


    You’re up for the challenge of medical school. But, the AAFP is here to share the load, with access to our award-winning online journal, American Family Physician, Family Medicine Board Review questions and answers online, and more.


    Connect with the more than 130,000 people who proudly call themselves a member of our organization. Learn from the experience of countless other med students, residents, and family physicians. Join peer-led Member Interest Groups and take advantage of shared knowledge. 


    You’re learning how to be the voice of your patients. We’ll provide opportunities to form that voice with leadership opportunities and a chance at real-world advocacy experience on the floor at Congress of Delegates. 

    Chapter Membership Details

    Because AAFP membership is unified, members are required to belong to the national Academy, as well as to their regional and (if available) local chapter.

    Chapters offer local and regional opportunities to network, mentor, volunteer, take a leadership role, and get involved in the AAFP. There are chapters for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Uniformed Services, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

    Chapter memberships also are free until graduation or withdrawal from medical school.