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.

Your 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 allopathic medical schools and 34 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.


“I would not be where I am as far as my involvement in national family medicine leadership and in my pursuit of a career in family medicine without the support and resources of the OAFP,” said OAFP student member Anna Askari, M4, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH.

“I encourage all medical students who are interested in family medicine to get involved in any or all of the programs and opportunities that the OAFP has to offer. I love and appreciate all of the physician mentors—and now friends—that I’ve met in this organization,” Anna continued.

As a member of the OAFP, medical students have the opportunity to participate in state and national activities, network with others students and the family physician community, and receive OAFP publications. In addition, leadership opportunities exist to get involved in the OAFP and the AAFP through service on the board of directors, commissions, committees, workgroups, taskforces, and resource teams. By being an Academy leader, you will have a voice and vote on key issues affecting the family medicine specialty.

The OAFP Foundation also has 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, please contact the OAFP office or call 800.742.7327.

Ready to join? Apply for your FREE membership on the AAFP website today!

What I love about being a family physician
I really love being able to get to know my patients over a long period of time and getting to take care of the whole family. – Melissa Jefferis, MD