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Mercury in Food as a Human Health Hazard

Read about AAFP's support of testing of mercury levels in seafood and family physician's role in managing health risks.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/mercury.html

Migrant Health Care

Read AAFP's position on family physician's role in educating migrant and seasonal workers' health care problems.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/migrant-health-care.html

Military Service, Physicians' Draft

Read AAFP's opposition to a draft of physicians into the armed services.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/military-service.html

Naturopathic Practice

Learn why the AAFP opposes the licensure of naturopaths and any expansion in their scope of practice.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/naturopathic-practice.html

Motorized Recreational Vehicles

Read about the AAFP's recommendation that family physicians educate their patients about the potential dangers of motorized recreational vehicle use.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/motorized-recreational-vehicles.html

Needle Exchange Programs and Safe Injection Sites

Read the AAFP's position on needle exchange programs and safe injection sites.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/needle-exchange.html

Neonatal Circumcision

Read AAFP's policy on Neonatal Circumcision.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/neonatal-circumcision.html

New Physician, Definition

Read the AAFP's definition of new physician.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/new-physician.html

Nurse Midwives, Certified

Learn about the AAFP's guidelines for integrated practices and the supervision of nurse midwives.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/nurse-midwives.html

Serious Reportable Events and Hospital Acquired Conditions

Read AAFP's support of efforts to improve health care by identifying hospital acquired conditions and safety in both inpatient and ambulatory settings.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/never-events.html

Nurse Practitioners

Read the AAFP's position on the role of nurse practitioners in an integrated practice environment and the physician's supervision role.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/nurse-practitioners.html

Nursing Profession

Read about the AAFP's position on the role of nurses and the interaction between nurses and physicians in clinical settings.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/nursing-profession.html

Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) Warfare

Read about the AAFP's support of a moratorium on nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/nuclear-warfare.html

Nuclear Waste Disposal

Read the AAFP's support of the safe handling and storage of nuclear waste.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/nuclear-waste-disposal.html

Officers' Protocol

Read the protocol on the listing of AAFP officers.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/officers-protocol.html

Organ Donation: Addressing the Shortage of Registered Organ Donors

Read AAFP's position on the family physician's role in discussing organ donation with patients and their family members.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/organ-donation.html

Paid Sick Leave

Read AAFP's policy on paid sick leave.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/paid-sick-leave.html

Oral Health Education and Advocacy

Read AAFP's policy on oral health education and advocacy.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/oral-health-education.html

Patient Care, Concurrent

Read AAFP's policy on concurrent patient care and physician payment.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/patient-care-concurrent.html

Patient Education

Read AAFP's policy on patient education.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/patient-education.html

Payer Acceptance of Supplemental Data

Learn about the AAFP's position on payer acceptance of supplemental data.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/payer-acceptance.html

Patient Referrals

Learn about AAFP's policy on patient referrals regarding participation in the health care system.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/patient-referrals.html

Peer Review

Read the AAFP's position on effective peer review as a tool to improve quality of care for patients.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/peer-review.html

Payment, Lifestyle Medicine

Read about the AAFP's policy on Payment, Lifestyle Medicine.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/payment-lifestyle.html

Pharmacists' Right of Conscientious Objection

Learn why the AAFP supports the pharmacist's right to a conscientious objection.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/pharmacists-conscientious-objection.html

Pharmacists Dispensing Drugs - AAFP Legislative Stance

Read the AAFP's stance on stance on state legislation regarding pharmacists ability to dispense medication beyond the expiration date.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/pharmacists-dispensing.html

Physician Assistants

Read the AAFP position on physician assistant training and payment for services provided by physician assistants.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/physician-assistants.html

Physician Compensation for Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Oversight

Read about the AAFP's policy on physician compensation for nurse practitioner and physician assistant oversight.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/physician-compensation-oversight.html

Physician Dispensing of Drug Samples

Learn about AAFP's policy on physician dispensing of drug samples.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/physician-dispensing-drug-samples.html

Physician Expert Witness in Medical Liability Suits

Read the AAFP's position on physicians serving as expert witnesses in medical liability cases.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/physician-expert-witness.html

Physician Reentry

Read the AAFP's recommendation for the process for physicians reentry into practice after an extended period of inactivity.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/physician-reentry.html

Physician Remediation Education

Read AAFP's policy on reeducating physicians with educational or clinical skills deficiencies.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/physician-remediation.html

Physician and Patient Relationships, Professional Responsibility

Read the AAFP's position on establishing a relationship between patients and physicians.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/physician-patient-relationships.html

Point of Care Testing Policy

AAFP policy on point of care testing.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/point-of-care-testing-policy.html

Policing Standards

AAFP policy on Policing Standards

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/policing-standards.html

Pre-Medical Student Shadowing

Read the AAFP's promotion of student shadowing opportunities in family medicine practices.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/pre-medical-student-shadowing.html

Physician's Right Relative to Imposed Administrative Costs

Read the AAFP's position on the right of physicians to charge administrative costs due to requirements imposed by health plans or other regulatory companies.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/physicians-right-administrative-costs.html

Pre-payment and Post-payment Audits

Read the AAFP's position on pre-payment and post-payment audits.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/pre-post-payment-audits.html

Pre- and Post-Operative Care

Read the AAFP's recommendation on the role of the family physician before and after surgery.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/pre-post-operative-care.html

Preceptorships

Read the AAFP's encouragement of family physicians to participate in preceptorships with students.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/preceptorships.html

Political Action

Read the AAFP's recommendations on effective communication with legislators at all levels of government to support the family medicine specialty.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/political-action.html

Prescription of COVID-19 Medications

Read AAFP's policy on Prescription of COVID-19 Medications.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/prescription-covid19.html

Preventive Medicine

Read the AAFP's support of preventive medicine and the commitment of evidence-based, cost-effective medicine.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/preventive-medicine.html

Primary Care Physician, Generic

Read the AAFP's opposition to efforts to create a generic primary care physician designation.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/primary-care-physician.html

Primary Care

Read the AAFP's definition of primary care related terms and appropriate usage recommendations.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/primary-care.html

Prevention of Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment in Medical Education and Clinical ...

Read AAFP's policy on Prevention of Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment in Medical Education and Clinical Settings.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/prevention-gender-basedharassment.html

Privilege Support Protocol

Read the AAFP's support of the right of physicians to obtain privileges in line with their training, experience and current competence.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/privilege-support.html

Privileges at Competing Hospitals

Read AAFP's opposition on limitations to physician privileges at competing hospitals or health systems.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/privileges-competing-hospitals.html

Privileges, Special/Critical Care Unit

Read AAFP's position on physician privileges to to critical care unit.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/privileges-critical-care.html

Privileges, Electrocardiogram Interpretation

Read AAFP's position on family physicians ability to read and interpret electrocardiograms,

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/privileges-electrocardiogram.html

Hospital Privileges as a Requirement for Insurance Participation

AAFP Policy on Hospital Privileges as a Requirement for Insurance Participation

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/privileges-insurance-participation.html

Training and Privileges for Emerging Technology

Read AAFP's position on physician training and privileges for new procedures and techniques.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/privileges-new-procedures.html

Privileges, Surgical Assistant

Read AAFP's position on the role of the family physician during surgical procedures and serving as the patient advocate.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/privileges-surgical-assistant.html

Procedural Skills, Scope of Training in Family Medicine Residencies

Read AAFP's guidelines for teaching residents procedures in the scope of family medicine.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/procedural-skills-scope.html

Professional Medical Liability, Lawsuits

Read AAFP's opposition to the use of medical liability lawsuits as a means to pursue policy.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/professional-medical-liability-lawsuits.html

Clinical Procedural Skills, Support

Read AAFP's position on working with other specialty societies concerning procedural skills.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/procedural-skills.html

Professional Competence Evaluation

Read the AAFP's opinion on competency evaluation including board recertification.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/professional-competence.html

Professional Medical Liability

Read the AAFP's position on the professional medical liability problem and its goals in advocating for patients and physicians.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/professional-medical-liability.html

Professional Self-Regulation, Competence, and Certification of Physicians

Read AAFP's policy on professional self-regulation, competence, and certification by physicians.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/professional-self-regulation.html

Referral, Unsolicited Laboratory

Read AAFP's position on family physician's obligation when receiving unsolicited clinical tests results for a patient where no relationship exists.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/referral.html

Reporting on Residency Status of Patients

Read the AAFP's opposition to any legislation requiring health care providers to report a patient's legal residency status.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/reporting-residency-status.html

Reproductive Decisions, Training in

Read the AAFP's position on resident training for counseling and procedural skills needed to treat pregnant women and the variety of options available.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/reproductive-decisions-training.html

Reproductive Decisions

Read the AAFP's position on legal abortions and the role of the family physician in performing the procedure.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/reproductive-decisions.html

Reproductive and Maternity Health Services

AAFP Policy on Reproductive and Maternity Health Services.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/reproductive-maternity-health-services.html

Research, Collaborative

Read the AAFP's endorsement of collaborative researching between clinicians.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/research-collaborative.html

Reproductive Decisions, Coverage for

Read the AAFP's policy on reproductive decisions, coverage for.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/reproductive-decisions-coverage.html

Reproductive Decisions, Promoting Access to Medication and First Trimester Aspiration ...

Read AAFP's policy on Promoting Access to Medication and First Trimester Aspiration Terminations by Supporting Skilled Providers.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/reproductive-decisions-promoting-access.html

Research - Ethical Participation by Family Physicians

Read the ethical considerations for physicians to follow when conducting medical research.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/research-ethical.html

Residency Training Leading to Dual Board Certification

Read the AAFP's position on preferred three-year residency programs leading to board certification.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/residency-training-dual.html

Residential Pool Safety

Read AAFP's policy on safety measures required for residential pool safety including CPR training, telephone access and swimming lessons.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/residential-poolsafety.html

Research, Family Medicine Journals

Read AAFP's position on the availability of publications for original family medicine research.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/research-journals.html

Resident and Student Education, Discrimination In

Read AAFP's discrimination policy in regards to resident and medical student education.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/resident-education-discrimination.html

Resident and Student Leadership

Read about resident and student leadership in family medicine.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/resident-student-leadership.html

Restraints on Incarcerated Women During Labor, Use of

Read the AAFP policy on the use of restraints on incarcerated women during labor.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/restraints-on-incarcerated-women-during-labor.html

Resident Work Hours

Read AAFP's policy on limitations and other regulations of resident work hours.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/resident-work-hours.html

Retail Clinics

Read AAFP's position on retail clinics as an avenue to provide patient-centered healthcare.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/retail-clinics.html

Rights, Protections, and Support for Survivors of Sexual Assault

Read AAFP's position on Rights, Protections, and Support for Survivors of Sexual Assault.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/rights-survivors-sexual-assault.html

Role Definition of Family Medicine

Learn AAFP's role definition of family medicine.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/role-definition.html

Rural Health Care, "First Responder" Training

Read the AAFP's policy on providing first responder training to rural family physicians.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/rural-first-responder.html

School-Based Health Clinics, Guidelines

Read the AAFP's position on the importance of school-based health clinical programs for children and adolescent health.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/school-health-clinics.html

School Safety and Student Mental Health

Read about the AAFP's policy on School Safety and Student Mental Health.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/school-safety.html

School Bus Safety

Read AAFP's position on legislative measures to ensure children are safe while being transported on the school bus.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/school-bus-safety.html

Screening

Read the AAFP's position on family physicians' role in advising patients on appropriate screening tests.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/screening.html

Sexual Assault as a Public Health Issue

Read AAFP's position on Sexual Consent as a Public Health Issue.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/sexualconsent-publichealth.html

Shared Medical Appointments/Group Visits

Read the AAFP's position on the use of shared medical appointments or group visits as a practice of family physicians.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/shared-medical-appointments.html

Seal, AAFP, Use of

Read the policy and requirements on using the AAFP seal for AAFP use, constituent chapter use and external use.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/seal-use.html

Seal, AAFP

Read the meaning of the American Academy of Family Physicians seal.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/seal.html

Separation of Families

Learn more about the AAFP policy on Separation of Families.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/separation-families.html

Solitary Confinement of Youth

Read AAFP's policy on Solitary Confinement of Youth.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/solitary-confinement.html

Specialty Hospitals

Read AAFP's policy on the need for a clearly defined "whole hospital' exception.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/specialty-hospitals.html

Stimulant Drinks and Products

Read the AAFP's position on Stimulant Drinks and Products.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/stimulant-drinksproducts.html

Student-Run Free Clinics

AAFP Policy on Student-Run Free Clinics.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/studentrun-freeclinics.html

Telehealth and Telemedicine

Read the AAFP's position on using electronic communications to transit medical information.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/telehealth-telemedicine.html

Sunscreen Usage in Schools

Read the AAFP policy on sunscreen usage in schools.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/sunscreen.html

Teaching, Physician Responsibility

Read the AAFP's support of physicians engaged in physician education and serving in an active teaching role.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/teaching-physicianresponsibility.html

Television and Digital Media, Ethics

Read AAFP's policy on television programming that promotes healthy lifestyles.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/television-ethics.html

Third-Party Payer Credentialing

Read the AAFP's position on the use of a national, standardized health care professional credentialing process.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/third-party-payercredentialing.html

Transparency and Equity in Physician Compensation

Read the AAFP's policy for transparency and equity in physician compensation.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/transparency-equity-physiciancompensation.html

Treatment of Survivors of Sexual Assault

Read the AAFP's recommendation on the procedures for treatment of survivors of sexual assault.

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/treatment-survivors-sexualassault.html

Trauma-Informed Care

AAFP policy on Trauma-Informed Care

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https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/trauma-informed-care.html

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