AAFP Congress of Delegates changes name of specialty to family medicine – Newsletter American Academy of Family Physicians

AAFP Congress of Delegates changes name of specialty to family medicine – Newsletter American Academy of Family Physicians – Brief Article

Matthew Neff

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Congress of Delegates recently directed the AAFP to replace the term “family practice” with “family medicine” when referring to the specialty. The substitute resolution effecting the change combined proposals introduced by the Joint Constituency of the National Conference of Special Constituencies and the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians. In her reference committee testimony, Minnesota alternate delegate Patricia Lindholm, M.D., Fergus Falls, Minn., embraced the proposed change, saying it would help family physicians be recognized as the specialists they are. Those who specialize in family medicine will now be referred to as family physicians, not practitioners. The resolution also called for the AAFP to encourage the American Board of Family Practice to change its name to reflect the family medicine nomenclature. The specialty’s name is one of many issues being considered by the ongoing Future of Family Medicine project that includes input from all of the family medicine organizations.

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