Established in 1948, the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians (WAFP) is the state chapter of the 134,600-member American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). The WAFP represents 3,000 members, making the WAFP the single largest physician specialty group in Wisconsin. The WAFP is governed by a 24-member board of directors.
The mission of the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians is to promote excellence in health care and to improve the health of the people of Wisconsin through the advancement of the art and science of Family Medicine, the specialty of Family Medicine and the professional growth of Family Medicine physicians.
Family Medicine is the medical specialty that provides continuing and comprehensive primary health care for the individual and family. Family Medicine integrates the biological, clinical and behavioral sciences and its scope encompasses all ages, both sexes, each organ system, and every disease entity.
More patients are seen by family physicians than any other specialty. Family physicians devote their careers to advocating for their patients' needs, taking responsibility for their long-term care, and developing long lasting relationships.
The AAFP and WAFP require Active members to complete 150 hours of approved continuing medical education 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.
|Active:||1947||Membership Practice Data:|
|Student:||543||26% practice in nonmetropolitan settings|
|Resident:||292||74% practice in metropolitan settings|
|Life Members:||194||77% are employed|
|Inactive:||20||80% would encourage medical students to choose Family Medicine|
|Supporting:||3||Members are: 54% men; 46% women|
53% under the age of 50
Developing and supporting new family physicians is central to the mission and purpose of the WAFP. The WAFP supports Family Medicine student groups, travel reimbursement for students choosing Wisconsin residencies, externship programs, student and resident board and committee positions and resident leadership development, in addition to ongoing involvement with medical schools and residency programs.
Wisconsin offers two top-ranked medical schools to pursue the Family Medicine specialty: University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health and the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Upon completion of their four-year medical degree, medical students interested in Family Medicine can choose from 16 residency programs in Wisconsin.
Family Medicine residents come from across the country and abroad to participate in these three-year programs:
Family physicians often choose Wisconsin as their home. 52% of residents stay in Wisconsin to practice, with nearly half choosing rural settings.