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Family Medicine Facts

Family medicine is the most versatile of all physician specialties and family physicians are just as diverse as their patients.

About AAFP : Dive into the Specialty of the Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/about/dive-into-family-medicine/family-medicine-facts.html

Engage with the AAFP

Learn the different ways your organization can partner with the AAFP to share in the goal of providing family physicians and their teams with the best resources and education tools.

About AAFP : Engage With Us

https://www.aafp.org/about/engage/engage-with-aafp.html

Events and Opportunities: Participate as a Speaker, Presenter, or Exhibitor

Put your stamp on family medicine by participating as a speaker, poster presenter, exhibitor, or author.

About AAFP : Engage With Us

https://www.aafp.org/about/engage/events-opportunities.html

ANA Screen, IFA, Reflex Titer/Pattern

Autoimmune rheumatic diseases are conditions in which the immune system attacks the joints and certain systems. They are often difficult to diagnose, as their symptoms can be vague, vary from patient to patient, and often overlap. Laboratory testing can provide useful information, but ...

About AAFP : Engage With Us

https://www.aafp.org/about/engage/sponsored-resources/ana-screen-ifa-reflex-titer-pattern.html

Allergy Trigger? Simplify KNOWING for Patients With Asthma

Allergies, respiratory infections, and asthma often present with similar symptoms, making them difficult to differentiate. Being able to rule in or rule out allergies as the cause of your patients’ symptoms can help inform better treatment decisions. The Centers for Disease Control and ...

About AAFP : Engage With Us

https://www.aafp.org/about/engage/sponsored-resources/allergy-trigger-simplify-knowing-for-patients-with-asthma1.html

Autoimmune Testing for Primary Care Referrals Webinar Recap

Autoimmune diseases are conditions in which the immune system attacks the joints and certain systems. They are often difficult to diagnose, as their symptoms can be vague, vary from patient to patient, and often overlap. In May, Quest Diagnostics hosted a live educational webinar that ...

About AAFP : Engage With Us

https://www.aafp.org/about/engage/sponsored-resources/autoimmune-testing-for-primary-care-referrals-webinar-recap.html

Is It Parkinson’s Disease or Could It Be Essential Tremor?

Essential tremor is often mistaken for Parkinson’s, but it is eight times more common and affects more than 10 million people in the U.S. A proper diagnosis is the first step toward treatment.

About AAFP : Engage With Us

https://www.aafp.org/about/engage/sponsored-resources/is-it-parkinsons-disease-or-could-it-be-essential-tremor.html

Help Patients Visualize Insomnia for Others

Things that are hard to see can be even harder to explain, especially for your patients with insomnia. But now there’s a way you can help them visualize insomnia—and even find the words to describe their struggle to family and friends—with the See My Insomnia visualizer.

About AAFP : Engage With Us

https://www.aafp.org/about/engage/sponsored-resources/help-patients-visualize-insomnia-for-others.html

Prioritize Home Safety This National Safety Month and Beyond

This National Safety Month, help patients remember safe practices when it comes to handling and using household cleaners around young children. As families spend more time at home and have more cleaning products readily available due to the ongoing pandemic, now is a crucial time to ...

About AAFP : Engage With Us

https://www.aafp.org/about/engage/sponsored-resources/prioritize-home-safety-this-national-safety-month-and-beyond.html

Simplify Allergy Testing and Patient Health Management

A patient presents with a cough, shortness of breath, headache, and congestion. Is it a respiratory infection? Asthma? Or an allergy? Unfortunately, all three can have similar symptoms, making them difficult to differentiate. Being able to confirm a patient has allergies as the cause of...

About AAFP : Engage With Us

https://www.aafp.org/about/engage/sponsored-resources/simplify-allergy-testing-and-patient-health-management.html

Meet our Leadership

The AAFP is governed by a Congress of Delegates, a Board of Directors, and a number of commissions and committees.

About AAFP : Meet our Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/meet-our-leadership.html

Staying Between the Lines: Why Time in Range Matters

Do you know what time in range (TIR) is? A recent Dexcom survey found that nearly half of people with insulin-treated diabetes are unaware of TIR. A glucose monitoring metric, TIR denotes the percentage of time an individual’s glucose level is within target range (70-180 mg/dL) and is ...

About AAFP : Engage With Us

https://www.aafp.org/about/engage/sponsored-resources/staying-between-the-lines-why-time-in-range-matters1.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 : Policies

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 : Policies

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 : Policies

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 : Policies

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

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 : Policies

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

Considerations for Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and COVID-19

Read AAFP's position on breastfeeding and COVID-19.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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

Business Principles, Undergraduate Medical Education

Read the AAFP's support of undergraduate medical curriculum.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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

Cancer Care

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

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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

Child Abuse

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

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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 : Policies

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 : Policies

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

Clinical Recommendations

Browse through AAFP's clinical recommendations.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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

Collecting Racial, Ethnic, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity Data in Surveys

Read about the AAFP's policy on Collecting Racial, Ethnic, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity Data in Surveys.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/collecting-racial-ethnic-sexual-orientation-gender-identity-data-surveys.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 : Policies

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 : Policies

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 : Policies

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 : Policies

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

Coverage of Vitamin D Supplementation for Infants

Read AAFP's policy statement on coverage of vitamin d supplementation for infants.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/coverage-vitamin-d.html

Disaster Planning

Read about AAFP's policy on disaster planning.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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 : Policies

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

Direct to Consumer Genetic Testing

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

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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

Domestic Partner Benefits

Read AAFP's policy on domestic partner benefits.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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

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 : Policies

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

Drugs, Prescribing

Learn about AAFP's policy on drug prescribing.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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

Education, Physician Retraining

Read AAFP's policy onEducation, Physician Retraining.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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

End Corporal Punishment of Children

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

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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

Emergency Medicine, Family Physicians in

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

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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

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

Equal Opportunity

Read AAFP's policy on equal opportunity.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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

Expedited Partner Therapy

Learn about AAFP's policy on expedited partner therapy.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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 : Policies

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 : Policies

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

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

Fee-splitting

Read about AAFP's policy on fee-splitting

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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

Fellowship, Definition

Read AAFP's definition of fellowship.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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

Genital Surgeries in Intersex Children

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

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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

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

Good Samaritan Law

Read AAFP's policy on the good Samaritan law.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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 : Policies

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

Health Benefits

Read AAFP's policy regarding health benefits.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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 : Policies

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 : Policies

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 : Policies

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

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

Hospice Care

Learn about AAFP's policy on hospice care.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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 : Policies

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

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

Hospital Medical Staff and Other Health Care Organizations, Board Recertification

Read AAFP's policy on board recertification of hospital medical staff and other health care organizations.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/hospital-medical-staff-recertification.html

Hygiene, Personal Hygiene in School Settings

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

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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

Imaging Personnel

Read about AAFP's policy on imaging personnel certification, training, and skills.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/imaging-personnel.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 : Policies

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

Information Technology Used in Health Care

Read about AAFP's policy on health information technology.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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 : Policies

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

Independent Practice

Read the AAFP policy on Independent Practice.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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

Leadership Development

Read the AAFP's policy on leadership development.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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 : Policies

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 : Policies

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

Liaison Guidelines

Learn about AAFP's liaison guidelines.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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

Licensure, Restricting Physician Licensure

Learn AAFP's policy on restricting physician licensure.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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 : Policies

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 : Policies

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 : Policies

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 : Policies

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 : Policies

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 : Policies

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 : Policies

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

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

Menstrual Hygiene Products, Access to

Read the AAFP's policy statement on access to menstrual hygiene products.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/menstrual-hygiene-products.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 : Policies

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

Membership Designation

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

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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

Military Service, Physicians' Draft

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

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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 : Policies

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 : Policies

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

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 : Policies

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 : Policies

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

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

Officers' Protocol

Read the protocol on the listing of AAFP officers.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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

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

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

Over-the-Counter Oral Contraceptives

Read the AAFP's position on over-the-counter oral contraceptives.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/otc-oral-contraceptives.html

Paid Sick Leave

Read AAFP's policy on paid sick leave.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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

Payment, Lifestyle Medicine

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

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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

Patient Education

Read AAFP's policy on patient education.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

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 : Policies

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

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

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