According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, by 2020, Ohio will need at least 5,031 more family physicians than we have today. Family physicians are an invaluable resource for patients, their communities, and an evolving health care system. Family medicine offers a medical career of diversity and flexibility. It provides significant opportunities while allowing you to be the kind of physician you want to be.

OAFP-Student-BenefitsYour family medicine journey starts as a medical student. The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians has created a one page guide that outlines unique opportunities for students on a national, state, and local level. This easy to read resource provides a calendar of important dates as well as a list of benefits that students can receive through their free AAFP and OAFP membership.

The OAFP is here to support you during medical school, residency, as a new physician, and throughout your family medicine career.

With seven medical schools and 22 family medicine residencies in rural, suburban, and urban communities, Ohio offers a wealth of resources for those pursuing a career in medicine. Learn more about living in Ohio on the Discover Ohio website.

As a member of the OAFP, medical students have the opportunity to participate in OAFP activities including the annual Members Assembly and Robert S. Young, MD, Legislative Conference among others. Students may also participate in discussions with peers in special interest listservs, network with the family physician community, and receive OAFP publications.

Serving as chair or vice chair of the OAFP Student Affairs Forum not only provides you with a leadership opportunity, it allows you to become connected with your Academy and other medical students in Ohio. The Student Affairs Forum encourages student participation in the OAFP and selects medical student representatives to the OAFP Members Assembly. Elections are held annually in the spring. For more information, view the requirements and criteria for serving as chair and vice chair.

If you have questions or need more information on any of these opportunities or requirements, contact the OAFP office or your current student leaders.