“Throw Back Thursday” AAFP style

“Throw Back Thursday” AAFP style

As part of our 70th anniversary celebration, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to see family medicine memories and photos each week.

Post #14

In 1950, the second Scientific Assembly (now known as FMX), was held at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri. The total attendance for the 1950 Scientific Assembly was 5,062, a significant leap from the 3,519 attendance at the 1949 Assembly. This photo is of the technical exhibits.

1950 Assembly Exhibits in St. Louis

Post #13

On May 25, 1968, for the first and only time in Academy history, a special session of the Congress of Delegates was convened in Chicago to consider amendments to create a Fellowship classification of membership based on examination. In 1971, the amendment was approved.

1968 special session of COD

Post #12

Marcus Welby, MD was the career path inspiration for countless numbers of family physicians. On October 4, 1971, Robert Young, the actor who portrayed the character on the ABC television show, made his first of three keynote addresses at Assembly events.

Robert Young as Marcus Welby in 1969

Post #11

In 1990, the first National Conference of Women, Minority, and New Physicians (NCWMNP) was held in Overland Park, Kansas, to provide an opportunity for members of those special groups to have direct input into Academy policy discussions. Today, this conference is known as the National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL).

1971 AAGP to AAFP

Post #10

In 1971 AAGP officially changed its name to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) in order to more accurately reflect the changing nature of primary health care.

1971 AAGP to AAFP

Post #9

In 1982, a demonstration of computerized CME was held at AAFP Headquarters. Computerizing CME was a focus that had begun five years earlier because the AAFP could see that CMER usage would increase dramatically in the next few years—and it did. Today, CME reporting is the AAFP’s number one member benefit.

1982 Computerized CME

Post #8

In 1949, the first Scientific Assembly was held at the Netherland Plaza Hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio with a total of 3,500 family physicians and 57 firms as technical exhibitors in attendance. According to a published report of the meeting in the New York Times, the “Male Frog Pregnancy Test” booth was crowded from morning until night with physicians eager to learn the techniques of this simple, reliable and practical office procedure.
Hotel rooms ranged in price from $3.00 for a single room at the Metropole to $50.00 for a suite at the Netherland Plaza.
Also during this Assembly, the AAGP Congress of Delegates approved the first basic definition and policy on postgraduate study for AAGP members.  The AAGP was the first major medical organization to require continuing medical education (CME) as a condition of membership.

1949 Assembly

Post #7

In 1974, 35 residents gathered in Kansas City at the request of the Academy for an informal meeting. This group developed the organizational structure that is now known as the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students. This year, approximately 4,400 medical students and family medicine residents are attending National Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.

Birth of the National Conference

Post #6

In 1986, the Academy collaborated with Tamilee Webb, choreographer, and Dr. Art Ulene of NBC’s Today show to develop the AAFP Bodyband Workout as part of the AAFP Home Health Library. The kit came with a video, three bodybands, and an instruction booklet. At a news conference, Assembly attendees participated in the workout led by Mrs. Webb.


Post #5

In April 1955, AAGP staff members were inundated with requests for lists of general practitioners after the article, “Family Doctor: Model 1955” was published in Reader’s Digest.

An ad for Reader’s Digest appeared in the December 1955 issue of TIME, describing the article and its response as an example of the power of “words in print.”

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Post #4

Family medicine leaders and practicing family physicians converged on Capitol Hill on September, 27, 2006 for a rally called “Vote for America’s Health,” emphasizing to lawmakers the urgent need for health system reform.

Post #3

AAFP members attend the 1977 State Officers Conference, now the Annual Chapter Leadership Forum (ACLF). The AAFP’s Executive President and CEO Doug Henley, MD, (pictured far right) was a fourth-year medical student.

1977 SOC

“I was there in place of John Surso, who at the last minute could not make it as the student chair,” Henley reflects. “I happened to be doing a family medicine preceptorship in Mount Olive, North Carolina, near the end of my fourth year of medical school at Dr. Bob Shackleford’s practice (then the AAFP vice speaker). When John could not come, he volunteered me and I quickly came out to participate in this event and panel—my first State Officers Conference. I had a blast! As a member of the panel discussing ‘Should All Medical Schools Have Departments of Family Medicine,’ I was asked to speak first and stated very firmly that ‘Yes, every medical school should.’ Got a standing ovation—great way to begin my involvement in the AAFP!”

Post #2

From 1974 until 1983, the staff of the AAFP Division of Education answered calls on the Academy’s “Hot Line” to help unmatched students and residents find first-year family practice residency positions. In its last year, the “Hot Line” handled approximately 1,200 calls in a four day period.

Hot Line

Today, the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program®(SOAP®) is a National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) run program that takes place during Match Week to match any unfilled residency positions with unmatched applicants. The SOAP requires the exclusive use of the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®) by both applicants and programs during Match Week to express preferences and make/receive offers for unfilled positions.

2017 NRMP Match Highlights

  • 3,237 medical students and graduates matched to family medicine residency programs in 2017, the most in family medicine’s history as a specialty.
  • Of those matches, 1,530positions were filled with U.S. Seniors, 810 fewer than the historical peak (2,340 in 1997).
  • Family medicine offered 3,378positions, 118 more than 2016.
  • This is the eighth straight yearthat the family medicine match rate climbed year-over-year.

Post #1

This photo is of the first Board of Directors that served from 1947-49. Mac F. Cahal, JD was the first executive for the AAGP and was hired in November of 1947. Cahal was given a five-year contract that ran from January 1949 through December of 1953. His annual salary was $20,000, plus other benefits.

First Board of Directors
Seated left to right:

Mac F. Cahal, JD, Executive Secretary, Kansas City, Missouri; Ulrich R. Bryner, MD, Treasurer, Salt Lake City, Utah; Paul A. Davis, MD, President, Akron, Ohio; Elmer C. Texter, MD, Vice President, Detroit, Michigan; and Stanley R. Truman, MD, Secretary, Oakland, California.

2nd Row:

George Marchmont-Robinson, MD, Director 1947-50, Chicago, Illinois; Holland T. Jackson, MD, Director 1947-51, Fort Worth, Texas; Robert C. McElvain, MD, Director 1947-50, St. Louis, Missouri; F.G. Benn, MD, Director 1947-49, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Lester D. Bibler, MD, Director 1947-49, Indianapolis, Indiana.

3rd Row:

Robert M. Lemmon, MD, Director 1947-51, Akron, Ohio; Arch Walls, MD, Director 1947-51, Detroit, Michigan; Jason P. Sanders, MD, Director 1947-49, Shreveport, Louisiana; and D.G. Miller, Jr., MD, Director 1947-50, Morgantown, Kentucky.

 Images courtesy of the Center for the History of Family Medicine

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