About the MAFP
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Representing more than 3,100 family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students, the MAFP is the largest medical specialty organization in Minnesota.


The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) is a state chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), one of the largest national medical organizations in the United States, representing more than 131,000 physicians and medical students nationwide.

When a person joins the MAFP, they automatically become a member at three levels: national (AAFP), state (MAFP) and a local chapter depending on geographic location.

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.

The MAFP is comprised of eleven local chapters throughout Minnesota, each with its own officers. Members in those chapters elect representatives to serve in the House of Delegates, a policy-making body that meets annually. The MAFP is governed by an 18-member Board of Directors, which meets quarterly. Delegates and directors are also elected to represent medical students and residents.

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 (November 2018)

  • 3,160 members strong:
    • 2,158 active
    • 339 students
    • 248 residents
    • 400 life
    • 20 inactive
    • 3 supporting
    • 1 honorary
  • 78% practice in metropolitan settings (pop. of 20,000 or more)
  • 14% practice in non-metropolitan settings
  • 80% are employed
  • 54% men; 44% women
  • 49.7 average member age, including life members (retirees)

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