As we look into our past, sometimes it can be a reminder of where we’ve been and the future possibilities that are still yet to come. In 2018, to help commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians (founded in 1948) we launched the “Cheers to 70 Years” campaign. This year-long campaign highlighted the history and future of family medicine and we wanted all of our members involved!

Originally founded as the Ohio Academy of General Practice, we were created to maintain the highest-quality standards for family physicians who were providing comprehensive health care to the public. Ohio was among the first, and still is today, considered one of the largest and strongest chapters in the nation.

Every member who joins the OAFP brings different experiences and reasons for why they choose or decide to practice family medicine. From the aspiring medical student who hopes to one day open their own practice to the experienced family physician paving the way, the OAFP serves to lead, advocate, and advance family medicine and health care for all Ohioans.

To learn more about the impact of family medicine, read the personal stories of how our family physician, family medicine resident, and medical student members found their inspiration on the “Family Medicine Stories” page. And, take a trip down memory lane by clicking through our historical timeline dating back to the late 1940s on the “Our History” page. From the first scientific assembly to our first board exams, you will be surprised how much health care has changed in the last 70+ years in Ohio.

If you’re not a member of the OAFP, get to know us by visiting the “About Us” page where we highlight our core values and guiding principles as to what has brought us here today and where we hope to be in the future.

Share Your Story!

We need your family medicine story to continue to highlight our members and tell the story of family medicine! To have your story published, please send it as a Word or plain text document between 200-1,000 words along with at least two photos to Director of Membership Emily Pavoni.