Online Guide Spotlights Academy Resources, Benefits for New FPs, Other Members

February 23, 2011 05:15 pm Barbara Bein

New family physicians and other AAFP members who want to know more about their Academy membership benefits and how to get the most out of them now have a new electronic guidebook, "New Physicians: You and the AAFP."

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The 38-page e-guide, which also can be downloaded as a PDF, walks members through -- among other topics -- the Academy's organization and structure, including information about its constituent chapters, its mission and objectives, and various ways members can become involved in the AAFP.

The new guide also describes the AAFP's wide array of membership benefits, including

  • My Academy -- members' personal Web portal on the Academy's website from which they can manage their CME, register for a course, pay dues or even build their practice website;
  • American Family Physician -- the AAFP's highly respected clinical journal;
  • Family Practice Management -- a management journal that focuses on family medicine practice needs;
  • AAFP News Now -- the Academy's online news publication; and
  • -- the AAFP's consumer/patient education website.

In addition, the guide provides details on advantage partner discounts for members, AAFP e-mail discussion lists, and the Academy's presence on social media outlets, such as Facebook and Twitter.

New physicians will be especially interested to learn about "Experience the AAFP," a program that offers discounts and information targeted to physicians in their first seven years of practice.

Students and residents will find information about career services -- including CareerLink, an employment search engine dedicated to family physicians and employers seeking candidates for clinical and faculty positions -- and about making career, practice and contract decisions.

Other sections of the guide discuss the AAFP's advocacy activities, as well as the many leadership opportunities the Academy offers.

"The nice thing about the guide is that it provides incredible resources within the AAFP to assist members in getting started and throughout their careers," said AAFP Member Relations Strategist Callie Castro. "It's not just about the AAFP and what we do, it's about how members can best succeed in their careers."