• There's a lot to learn about family medicine. It's the only specialty where a physician is trained to care for patients from birth to end of life. To help high school students studying for the HOSA Family Medicine Career Test ace their exam, in collaboration with HOSA, the AAFP has collected videos and articles that cover the basics of medicine's most unbound specialty.

    What do you need to know for the test?

    HOSA's 50-item multiple choice written exam (plus a tie-breaker essay question!) will test your knowledge on a variety of areas. Review the material included in this study guide and be prepared to be able to:

    • Define primary care medicine and the medical specialties involved (20%)
    • Describe the scope of clinical practice of family medicine (20%)
    • Describe the career settings of family medicine (14%) 
    • Describe the lifestyle of family physicians (14%)
    • Describe the educational path to a career in family medicine (14%)
    • Describe the importance of primary care, and its contributions to health outcomes (6%)
    • Describe the workforce needed in primary care (4%)
    • Recognize some of the important innovations in health care and their impact on primary care (4%) 
    • Describe the AAFP's role in supporting the family medicine profession (4%)

    What resources should you use to prepare for the exam?

    The AAFP has compiled seven videos and short articles for high school students studying to take the HOSA exam. These materials were used by HOSA to develop the exam, and they will help you learn about the role of family medicine in the health care system, how to become a family physician, and more!

    What to Watch

    What is Family Medicine?

    Hear two family physicians who took different career paths and live in different parts of the country talk about what makes the specialty so special. Learn more about this webinar.

    How 2020 Changed Family Medicine Forever

    Who better to learn what a career in family medicine might look like for a high school student today than experts from Google, Apple, Stanford, and the AAFP. Listen to discover what trends are here to stay, and how they'll change things. 

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