During this decade, Penicillin was unveiled to the public in 1945; Slinky toys were just hitting the shelves; and for the first time in history, we were able to capture a moment in time with Polaroid cameras. Benadryl was discovered by George Rieveschl, a chemical engineer from Ohio, and Americans could now heat up their food within seconds all because of the microwave.
The Founding Year
First OAGP President
First AAGP President
First Board of Directors
In this era, the full body X-ray was developed, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, a cure for polio was invented, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was founded. The first successful living-donor transplant (a kidney) was performed on a set of identical twins, and a resuscitator that was small enough to be used on an infant was developed in 1954.
First OAGP Scientific Assembly
First Headquarters Opens
First Issue of the Ohio General Practice News
Preceptorship Program Starts
First Lay Executives
During this time, Generation X (baby boomers) were born, birth control pills were approved for use, John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960 and then assassinated in 1963, the United States invaded Cuba, Martin Luther King Jr. gave the “I have a dream” speech at Capitol Hill, the American Heart Association announced a nonsmoking campaign, and a Medicare Health insurance plan for Americans over the age of 65 was first instituted.
First State Chapter to Purchase a Building
First Family Medicine Workshop
American Board of Family Practice – Voted “Yes” by Congress of Delegates
New OAGP Executive Secretary
Ohio General Practice News Renamed
Core Content Review – Established
American Board of Family Practice – Approved
First Ten State Conference
The decade that paved the way for the Civil Rights Movement was also the decade that legalized abortion and lowered the voting age in the United States. Cigarette ads were banned from the radio and television and the first test-tube baby was born in Oldham, England. Douglas Longenecker, MD, of Dayton, OH, established Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine and the last trip to the moon happened in 1972.
First Board Exams Issued
New Academy Name
A Huge Legislative Win for Family Medicine in Ohio
Ohio Physician Elected AAFP President
During this period, the AIDS epidemic spurred while smallpox was eradicated following a global immunization campaign. Bertha Bouroncle, MD, at The Ohio State University identified hairy cell leukemia, and then developed a lifesaving drug protocol to treat it. While kids across the nation were emulating Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance moves, Oprah launched her own television show and the royal wedding of the decade took place between Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
First African American OAFP President
First Word Processor
Special Organization for Spouses
The OAFP Foundation – Established
Succession of Executive Vice President
Known for the AOL dial-up tone, this decade inflicted fear over Y2K and launched the worldwide web. In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed and the United States discovered the first vaccination for Hepatitis A and Lyme disease. With both the Internet and popular search engine Google being founded in this era, this decade provided innovation that changed the way we receive and share information forever.
OAFP Building Renovation
First Woman OAFP President
Getting Involved in Politics
Family Physician Care of Ohio
Succession of Executive Vice President
First Osteopathic Physician President
Meet Your Legislators Month
OAFP’s First Website
History in the Making
Celebrates 50 Years
First Friend of Family Medicine Recipient
With both Facebook and Twitter being launched, this period in time is known as the beginning of the digital age. Steve Jobs gave us a whole new way to listen to music by launching the iPod, and Barack Obama was elected as the first Black president of the United States.
National Recognition for Communications Strategies
First Endorsements for Political Positions
First Mega Spring Event
AAFP Vote for America’s Health
Locals Chapters Realigned into Regional Chapters
The first HPV vaccine was approved for use and the Affordable Care Act, passed by Congress in 2010, helped to provide health insurance for all Americans. The rise of social media acted as a catalyst for many social movements including Black Lives Matter and #MeToo, and played an engaging role in the 2016 Presidential Election between Hillary Clinton (the first female presidential nominee of a major U.S. political party) and Donald Trump.
House Bill (HB) 198
Virtual SAM (now KSA) Program Established
Magazine Goes Digital
AAFP Family Physician of the Year
Looking into the Future
First Quality Improvement Summit
Nationally Recognized for Improving Colorectal Cancer Screenings
Breaking Membership Records
Ohio Department of Health Leadership
Ohio Physician Serves as AAFP President
In March 2020, the world froze as SARS-CoV-2, better known as COVID-19, was declared as a pandemic by the World Health Association. The American healthcare system was challenged like never before and the implementation of primary care was forever changed as telemedicine became essential. As of 2023, COVID cases are still present and the public is encouraged to get COVID-19 booster vaccines and mask when they feel sick.