The Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians (TNAFP) is the medical specialty association with a membership of 2,500 family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students throughout Tennessee. The Tennessee AFP is a state chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians representing more than 100,000 members nationwide and headquartered in Leawood, Kansas.
The family physician provides comprehensive, coordinated and continuing care to all members of the family and serves as the patient’s advocate in the changing health care system. In addition to providing continuing and comprehensive care, family physicians provide health maintenance and preventive services to each member of the family, regardless of sex, age or type of problem, be it biological, behavioral or social. These residency-trained specialists deliver babies, treat elderly patients, and care for every member of the family. And, because of their focus on prevention and primary care, they are able to treat illnesses early and when necessary refer to appropriate subspecialists. One out of every four patients are treated by family physicians.
What are the requirements to become a member?
Family physicians are required to complete a minimum of 150 credits of continuing medical education every three years in order to retain membership in the Academy.
What are Tennessee Family MEDICINE Residency Programs?
Residency programs consist of three years of ambulatory-based training, and cover training in internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics-gynecology, psychiatry, geriatrics and community medicine. There are eleven family medicine residency programs in Tennessee: Meharry in Nashville; ETSU programs in Bristol, Johnson City, and Kingsport, UT programs in Chattanooga, Memphis, Knoxville, Jackson and Murfreesboro, and Baptist Memorial in Memphis. Most residency graduates seek and achieve certification by the American Board of Family Medicine, which requires family physicians to be re-certified by examination every six years.
Is there organization oversight?
The Tennessee Academy is governed by a Congress of Delegates, which is composed of two delegates from each of ten local component district chapters as well as from the family medicine resident chapter. Elected Officers and Board of Directors oversee the work of various committees and the administration of TNAFP programs. The Committee on Legislation and Governmental Affairs is most intimately involved with health care related legislation.