Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors caters exclusively to family medicine residency directors and associate program directors. With a sharp focus on leadership, the AFMRD has successfully served the family medicine residency director community and positively influenced the direction of the discipline for more than 30 years.

AFMRD impact by the numbers...  

  • Over two-thirds of Family Medicine Program Directors are AFMRD Members. Our accrediting body ACGME counts 771 Family Medicine Residency Programs (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education). 
  • Annually, AFMRD membership continues to exceed 1,000 members, including program directors, associate directors, associate members, and others.  
  • Interest in the National Institute for Program Director Development (NIPDD) continues to climb, as applications far exceed available spots year after year.  
  • AFMRD Members downloaded 6,400 webinars, articles, handbooks, interview guides, policies, assessments, and more through our PD Toolbox in 2023 alone.


The Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (AFMRD) inspires and empowers family medicine residency program directors to achieve excellence in family medicine residency training.

The Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors envisions a vibrant community of residency directors engaged in excellence, mutual assistance, and innovation to meet the health care needs of the public.


  • Quality in family medicine graduate medical education
  • Innovation to enhance the art and science of family medicine residency education
  • Ethical behavior in all efforts
  • Mutual collaboration among family medicine residency directors for the common good
  • Alliance building with organizations that share AFMRD values


Sarah Z. Cole,DO, FAAFP
St. Louis, MO
Raj Woolever, MD, FAAFP
Augusta, ME
Immediate Past President
Kristina Diaz, MD, MBA,  FAAFP
Yuma, AZ
Kelsie Kelly, MD, MPH
Kansas City, KS
Parastou Farhadian, MD, CPE, FAAFP
Panorama City, CA
Santina Wheat, MD, MPH
Chicago, IL
Grace Chen Yu, MD
San Jose, CA
Barbara Miller, MD
Joplin, MO
Nicholas Schenk, MD
Monroe, MI
Sarah Holder, DO
Atlantic City, NJ
Alysia Herzog, MD
Columbus, OH
Associate PD Representative
Varshaben Songara, MD
Dunn, NC
Resident Representative
Ijeoma Amanze, MD
Monroe, LA
AFMA Liaison
Pamela MacMillan
Cheyenne,  WY

Meet Your AFMRD Staff

Lisa Ochs
Executive Director

Neil Robertson
Deputy Executive Director

Lindsay Blake

Cristin Estes

Nina DeJonghe
Council of Academic
Family Medicine - Government Relations


In 1990, the group now referred to as the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (AFMRD) began its first year as an organization devoted to the representation of family medicine program directors. Since that time, the organization has grown from representing 20 residency programs, to representing more than 600 programs.

In 1995, the AFMRD received funding to produce a printed history of the organization. Explore a digital copy to view highlights of the organization’s first years, and the goals for which the organization was established.

For more information on the history of AFMRD and family medicine, visit the Center for the History of Family Medicine.

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