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AAFP Mission Statement

Read the mission statement for the American Academy of Family Physicians.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/aafp-mission-statement.html

AAFP Definitions for Policy Statement, Position Paper and Discussion Paper

Find out the ways in which the American Academy of Family Physicians articulates its policies.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/aafp-policy-statement-position-paper-discussion-paper.html

Adolescent Health Care, Role of the Family Physician

Read the AAFP's position on family physicians' qualified expertise in treating adolescent patients.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Adolescent Health Care, Sexuality and Contraception

Read the AAFP's position on treating the sexual health and availability of contraception to adolescent patients.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/adolescent-sexuality.html

Aging

Read AAFP's support of research, education and resident training related to the care of aging patients.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Antitrust Policy

Read the AAFP's anti-trust policy.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/anti-trust-policy.html

Antibiotic Resistance, Food Production and Human Health

Read AAFP's position on the reducing antibiotic use in food production.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/antibiotic-resistance.html

Bloodborne Pathogens

Read AAFP's policy on strategies to prevent the transfer of blood borne infections.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/bloodborne-pathogens.html

Cancer Care

Read AAFP's position on the elements of quality care for patients with cancer.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Business Principles, Undergraduate Medical Education

Read the AAFP's support of undergraduate medical curriculum.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/business-principles-undergraduate-medical-education.html

Child Abuse

Read AAFP's policy on issues and education relating to child abuse.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/child-abuse.html

Civil Marriage for Same-Gender Couples

Read the AAFP's policy on civil marriage for same-gender couples.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/civil-marriage-same-gender-couples.html

Clinical Proctoring

Read the AAFP's position on clinical proctoring as an important peer review tool.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/clinical-proctoring.html

Clinical Recommendations

Browse through AAFP's clinical recommendations.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/clinical-recommendations.html

Clinical Skills Assessment Exam for Medical Students

Read the AAFP's position on the importance and affordability of the Clinical Skills Assessment Exam.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

CME Requirements for AAFP Membership

Learn more about AAFP's policy on CME requirements for AAFP membership.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/cme-requirements.html

Collective Bargaining as an Integral Part of Single Payer

Read AAFP's policy statement on Collective Bargaining as an Integral Part of Single Payer.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/collective-bargaining.html

Collective Negotiation

Read AAFP's position on granting anti-trust exemptions for physicians who participate in collective negotiations with health insurance companies.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/collective-negotiation.html

Commission Meetings, Officer Attendance At

Read the AAFP policy on the number of officers allowed to attend cluster meetings.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/commission-meetings-officer-attendance.html

Corporal Punishment in Schools

Read about AAFP's policy on corporal punishment in schools.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/corporal-punishment-schools.html

Direct to Consumer Genetic Testing

Read the AAFP's policy on direct to consumer genetic testing.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/direct-to-consumer-genetic-testing.html

Disaster Planning

Read about AAFP's policy on disaster planning.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/disaster-planning.html

Discipline in Schools

Read about AAFP's policy on discipline in schools.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/discipline-in-schools.html

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) - AAFP Legislative Stance

Read AAFP's policy on Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) registration numbers.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/drug-enforcement-administration.html

Drugs - Identification

Read about AAFP's policy on the use of a uniform identification code for individual drug capsules and tablets.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/drugs-identification.html

Domestic Partner Benefits

Read AAFP's policy on domestic partner benefits.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/domestic-partner-benefits.html

Education, Physician Retraining

Read AAFP's policy onEducation, Physician Retraining.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Elder Mistreatment

Learn about AAFP's policy on elder mistreatment.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/elder-mistreatment.html

Drugs, Prescribing

Learn about AAFP's policy on drug prescribing.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/drugs-prescribing.html

Electronic Health Records

Read about AAFP's policy on electronic health records.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/electronic-health-records.html

Emergency Medicine, Family Physicians in

Learn about AAFP's policy on family physician role in emergency medicine.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

End Corporal Punishment of Children

Read about AAFP's policy on ending corporal punishment of children.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/end-corporal-punishment-children.html

Equal Representation of Women in Family Medicine

Read the AAFP's policy on women in family medicine, including the goal for more women in leadership roles at the Academy.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/equal-representation.html

Expectations of Family Medicine Residency Graduates

Learn about AAFP's policy on expectations of family medicine residency graduates.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/expectations-family-medicine-graduates.html

Expedited Partner Therapy

Learn about AAFP's policy on expedited partner therapy.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/expedited-partner-therapy.html

Family, Definition of

Read AAFP's definition of family.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Family Medicine, Definition of

Learn AAFP's definition of family medicine.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Fee-splitting

Read about AAFP's policy on fee-splitting

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/fee-splitting.html

Fees to Physicians for Referrals to Other Health Care Providers

Read about AAFP's policy on fees to physicians for referrals to other health care providers.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Fellowship, Definition

Read AAFP's definition of fellowship.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Good Samaritan Law

Read AAFP's policy on the good Samaritan law.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/good-samaritan.html

"Frontier Areas," Medical Care Roles

Read AAFP's policy on medical roles in frontier areas.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/frontier-areas.html

Genital Surgeries in Intersex Children

Read AAFP's policy on Genital Surgeries in Intersex Children.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/genital-surgeries.html

Health Benefits

Read AAFP's policy regarding health benefits.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Health Care Facility Visitation Rights of Patients

Read AAFP's policy on health care facility visitation rights of patients.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Health Education

Read about AAFP's policy on health education for patients and the public.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Health Literacy

Read AAFP's policy regarding health literacy.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Hearing Loss, Deafness, and the Hard-of-Hearing

Learn about AAFP's policy regarding caring for patients who are deaf or hard-of-hearing status.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/hearing-loss.html

Helmet Laws

Read the AAFP's policy on the use of helmets when riding motorcycles, bicycles, all-terrain vehicles, scooters, skate board, and skating.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/helmet-laws.html

Home Diagnostic Test Kits

Read AAFP's policy on home test kits.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/home-diagnostic-test-kits.html

Homelessness

Read about AAFP's policy regarding homelessness.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Hospice Care

Learn about AAFP's policy on hospice care.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Hospital Bylaws on Low Volume/No Volume Privileging

Learn about AAFP's policy on hospital bylaws on low volume/no volume privileging.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/hospital-bylaws-privileging.html

Hygiene, Personal Hygiene in School Settings

Learn about AAFP's policy on personal hygiene in school settings.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Impaired and Clinically Deficient Physicians

Read about AAFP's definitions for and policies about impaired or clinically deficient physicians.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/impaired-physicians.html

Independent Practice

Read the AAFP policy on Independent Practice.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Information Technology Used in Health Care

Read about AAFP's policy on health information technology.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/information-technology.html

Integrative Medicine, Credit for CME Activities

Learn about AAFP's policy on the accreditation of educational activities about integrative medicine.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/integrative-medicine-cme-credit.html

Intimate Partner Violence

Read about AAFP's policy on intimate partner violence.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/intimate-partner-violence.html

Laetrile

Read the AAFP position on the use of laetrile as a treatment for cancer patients.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Liaison Guidelines

Learn about AAFP's liaison guidelines.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/liaison-guidelines.html

Leadership Development

Read the AAFP's policy on leadership development.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Legislative Activities

Learn about AAFP's legislative goals and activities.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/legislative-activities.html

Licensure/Relicensure, Definitions

Read about the AAFP-adopted definitions for licensure and relicensure.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/licensure-relicensure.html

Licensure, Restricting Physician Licensure

Learn AAFP's policy on restricting physician licensure.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/licensure-restricting.html

Licensure

Read the AAFP's policy on licensure and relicensure at the state and federal levels.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Long-Term Care

Learn about the AAFP's position on a federal policy for long-term care, including respite care, nursing home care and home health care.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Medicaid, Core Principles

Learn about AAFP's support of policies related to Medicaid care and payments.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/medicaid-principles.html

Medicaid Services

Read about AAFP's policy regarding medicaid services, coverage and quality of care.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/medicaid-services.html

Medical Identification

Read about the AAFP's support of medical identification to improve care in emergency situations.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Medical Student Access to Electronic Medical Record (EMR)

Read about the AAFP's support of medical students gaining access to patient electronic medical records.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Medical Waste Disposal in Non-Medical Locations

Read the strategies the AAFP recommends to ensure the safe disposal of medical waste.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Membership Designation

Explore the different levels of membership in AAFP including fellow, member and diplomate.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/membership-designation.html

Medicare Payment

Read the AAFP's call for realignment of the Medicare payment system to provide more equitable payment to family physicians.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

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.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Military Service, Physicians' Draft

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

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Needle Exchange Programs and Safe Injection Sites

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

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Neonatal Circumcision

Read AAFP's policy on Neonatal Circumcision.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

New Physician, Definition

Read the AAFP's definition of new physician.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Nursing Profession

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

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Officers' Protocol

Read the protocol on the listing of AAFP officers.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Paid Sick Leave

Read AAFP's policy on paid sick leave.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Patient Education

Read AAFP's policy on patient education.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Patient Referrals

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

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Payment, Lifestyle Medicine

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

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Payment, Physician

Read the AAFP's position on the physician's responsibility to devise a reliable payment system.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Peer Review

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

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Physician Expert Witness in Medical Liability Suits

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

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Physician Assistants

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

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Physician Reentry

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

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Political Action

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

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Pre-Medical Student Shadowing

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

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

Pre- and Post-Operative Care

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

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations

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

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