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Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians

The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) is the state chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), one of the largest national medical organizations in the United States, with more than 103,000 members. The MAFP represents over 3,100 members, making it the largest physician specialty group in Minnesota. The MAFP is governed by a 26-member board of directors.

The MAFP promotes the specialty of family medicine in Minnesota and supports family physicians as they provide high quality, comprehensive and continuous medical care for patients of all ages.

Family Medicine

More patients are seen by family physicians than any other specialty. Family physicians devote their careers to advocating for their patients’ needs and taking responsibility for their long-term care, developing long lasting relationships. Family physicians:

  • Serve as the entry point for most of a patient’s health care needs
  • Can diagnose and treat 85% of all ailments
  • Coordinate the best possible care when other specialists are needed, including the consultants, health services and community resources.

The AAFP and MAFP require Active members to complete 150 hours of approved continuing medical education (CME) every three years to maintain their membership status. Family physicians are also required by the American Board of Family Medicine to pass a comprehensive certification exam every seven years.

MAFP Member Statistics (Nov 2017)

  • 3,159 members strong:
    • 2,167 active
    • 343 students
    • 238 residents
    • 385 life
    • 23 inactive
    • 3 supporting
  • 81% practice in metropolitan settings
  • 14% practice in non-metropolitan settings
  • 77% are employed
  • 55% men 44% women
  • 49.5 average member age, including life members (retirees)
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