In what ways does the AFMRD advocate for family medicine?
The AFMRD maintains a leadership role in family medicine by being actively involved in health policy and academic issues.
Through our board of directors and a robust network of liaisons, the AFMRD serves as a conduit between our members and other family medicine organizations, regulatory organizations, and government agencies.
- We support the national efforts of Family Medicine for America's Health, financially and through representation on the Family Medicine for America's Health Board of Directors.
- The AFMRD represents you and your interests through our involvement with the Organization of Program Director Associations, Academic Family Medicine Advocacy Committee, Council of Academic Family Medicine, CAFM Educational Research Alliance, Family Medicine Working Party, Annals of Family Medicine Board of Directors, American Board of Family Medicine, Center for the History of Family Medicine, AAFP Commission on Education, AAFP Congress of Delegates, and PDW/RPS Residency Education Symposium Planning Committee.
- We listen to our members’ concerns on regulatory issues, and when appropriate take these concerns to those who have the power to affect change (ACGME, ABFM, etc.).
- We advocate for and inform our members on legislative and policy issues that impact family medicine residency programs. We support Hope Wittenberg, our advocacy representative in Washington, DC, and we encourage residents and AFMRD membesr to become active in advocacy by annually providing them with Family Medicine Advocacy Summit scholarships.