Fact Sheet

Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians

Established in 1948, the Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians (MassAFP) is the state chapter of the 129,000-member American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). The MassAFP represents over 2,050 members and is governed by a 22-member board of directors.

The mission of the Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians is to assist its members in providing compassionate, high quality health care to the people of Massachusetts. The vision of the Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians is to provide responsible advocacy, representation and leadership for our members and to promote the specialty of family medicine through public awareness and patient education.


Family Medicine is the medical specialty that provides continuing and comprehensive primary health care for the individual and family. Family Medicine integrates the biological, clinical and behavioral sciences and its scope encompasses all ages, both sexes, each organ system, and every disease entity.


More patients are seen by family physicians than any other specialty. Family physicians devote their careers to advocating for their patients' needs, taking responsibility for their long-term care, and developing long lasting relationships.

Family physicians:

  • Serve as the entry point for most of a patient's health care needs
  • Can diagnose and treat 85% of all ailments
  • Coordinate the best possible care when other specialists are needed, including the consultants, health services and community resources.

The AAFP and MassAFP require Active members to complete 150 hours of approved continuing medical education every three years to maintain their membership status. Family physicians are also required by the American Board of Family Medicine to pass a comprehensive certification exam every seven years.


Life Members:96
Membership Practice Data:
9% practice in nonmetropolitan settings
82% practice in metropolitan settings
70% are employed
78% would encourage medical students to choose Family Medicine
Members are: 58% women; 42% men
84% value membership in MassAFP

Becoming a Family Physician in Massachusetts

Developing and supporting new family physicians is central to the mission and purpose of the MassAFP. The MassAFP supports Family Medicine student groups, Massachusetts Family Medicine residents, externship programs, and leadership development, in addition to ongoing involvement with medical schools and residency programs.

Massachusetts offers four top-ranked medical schools to pursue the Family Medicine specialty: Harvard Medical School, Boston University School of Medicine, University of Massachusetts (UMass) School of Medicine and Tufts University School of Medicine.

Upon completion of their four-year medical degree, medical students interested in Family Medicine can choose from 5 residency programs in Massachusetts. Family Medicine residents come from across the country and abroad to participate in these programs:

North East Region

  • Lawrence Family Medicine Residency Program

Eastern/Boston Region

  • Boston University Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program
  • Tufts Family Medicine Residency Program

Central Region

  • UMass Fitchburg Family Medicine Residency Program
  • UMass Worcester Family Medicine Residency Program

Consider Massachusetts

Family physicians often choose Massachusetts as their home, with nearly half of residents staying in Massachusetts to practice. Massachusetts also has the most doctors per capita.


For more information on the Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians, contact:

Becky Wimmer, Executive Director
Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians
(888) 871-9181

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