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The American Academy of Family Physicians

Facts About The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)

 

The American Academy of Family Physicians is the national association of family doctors. It is one of the largest national medical organizations, with more than 100,300 members in 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam. Until October 3, 1971, it was known as the American Academy of General Practice. The name was changed in order to reflect more accurately the changing nature of primary health care.

The Academy 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 Academy include:

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