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The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians (PAFP) is the professional member-driven association for more than 5,000 Pennsylvania family physicians and family medicine residents and students. It is unified with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians and its Foundation will be viewed as (a) the leading influential resource among family physicians and physicians in training in Pennsylvania, (b) the primary voice on health care issues with state legislative and administrative branches of government, media and professional health organizations, (c) a benchmark state on the national level; (d) setting the standard for organized medicine and (e) the leader on health care issues in the community. 



The Academy and its Foundation will support its members through advocacy and education to ensure physician-coordinated, personalized, and comprehensive quality health care for every Pennsylvanian.


The PAFP has assembled a brochure about family medicine in Pennsylvania that explains the family medicine specialty, how family physicians treat patients, and what role the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians has in the process. Please click on the image below to read more about who we are and what we do.


The PAFP is unified with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Members of the PAFP are automatically members of the AAFP, and vice versa. 

The PAFP’s Executive Committee includes the President, President-elect, Treasurer, Immediate Past President, the Speaker of the House of Delegates and the Executive Vice President (CEO).  
  • Cluster: Commissions (standing task forces), the PAFP Board of Directors and PAFP and Foundation Board of Trustees meet two weekends a year at what is commonly called "cluster." Each commission meets individually and then reports to the Board of Directors. The Public Policy Commission usually kicks off these meetings with an evening meeting on Thursday of the spring cluster meeting and Friday of the fall cluster meeting. It is held separately because it typically lasts longer and has more attendees than any other commission. Other commissions currently include Practice Advocacy, Planning, Member Services, Student and Resident Affairs and Finance. PAFP and PAFP Foundation meetings are open to all members.

  • Assemblies: PAFP assemblies include the Student Assembly, Resident Assembly and Assembly of Family Practice Residency Program Directors and Family Practice Department Chairs. Each year, elections are held to appoint leaders to best represent the individual constituencies for the coming year at both state and national conferences. The assemblies also submit resolutions to be considered by the PAFP House of Delegates at the Annual Business Meeting, held in concert with spring cluster. 

    All committees, commissions and assemblies are staffed by at least one PAFP employee to serve the needs of that particular group. 

  • Annual Business Meeting: The Annual Business Meeting is an all-member annual business meeting that convenes once a year at a CME (continuing medical education) event.

  • Town Hall: Town hall meetings are held at each CME conference event to give members a chance to ask questions and make comments to board members and other physician leaders.  

  • PAFP Foundation: PAFP board members serve as the PAFP Foundation Board of Trustees. Donors to the PAFP Foundation provide invaluable feedback on programs and strategic initiatives. They are also eligible for nonvoting positions on the PAFP Education Commission and Board of Directors. 

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