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The History of the AAFP

Emirates Family Medicine Society 2018 Conference’s Scientific Partner, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is one of the largest international medical organizations.

Until October 3, 1971, it was known as the American Academy of General Practice. The name was changed in order to more accurately reflect the changing nature of primary health care.

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) was founded in 1947 to promote and maintain high quality standards for family doctors who are providing continuing comprehensive health care to the public.

Other major purposes of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) include:

  • Providing responsible advocacy for and education of patients and the public in all health-related matters
  • Preserving and promoting quality cost-effective health care
  • Promoting the science and art of family medicine and ensuring an optimal supply of well-trained family physicians
  • Promoting and maintaining high standards among physicians who practice family medicine
  • Preserving the right of family physicians to engage in medical and surgical procedures for which they are qualified by training and experience
  • Providing advocacy, representation, and leadership for the specialty of family medicine
  • Maintaining and providing an organization with high standards to fulfill the above purposes and to represent the needs of its members
  • The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) was instrumental in the establishment of family medicine– a derivative of classical general practice– as medicine's 20th primary specialty. The AMA's Council on Medical.

Want to learn more about the history of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and family medicine? The Center for the History of Family Medicine (CHFM)(www.aafpfoundation.org) is the primary repository of information and resources on the history and evolution of general practice, family practice and the specialty of family medicine in the United States.

Source: http://www.aafp.org/about/the-aafp/history.html