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.

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 19 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 serving as a medical student representative to the annual Members Assembly and C. David Paragas Leadership & Advocacy Training Seminar among others. Students may also network with the family physician community, and receive OAFP publications. The OAFP Foundation also has many opportunities for medical students including scholarships and resources for your school’s family medicine interest group.

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