The MassAFP offers state-specific resources, programing and value to our students and residents, including free and discounted rates to attend all MassAFP sponsored events, opportunities for leadership development, and advocacy as well. We are here to serve you – whether that be offering you tools and resources needed to transition into practice, provide you with direction about employment opportunities in Massachusetts, or options for additional leadership and advocacy training. We welcome your membership to the MassAFP!

See our Explore Massachusetts flyer under Student Resources.

Resident Resources

MassAFP has 1 Resident position on its Board of Directors.


AAFP Student and Resident Leadership Opportunities - an overview of the opportunities to get involved in a leadership position on the national level.

AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Students - Once a year, family medicine leaders and educators come from across the nation to share their knowledge with Family Medicine residents and medical students.

Committees: We welcome Resident participation on our committees.

Why Train in Massachusetts?

  • Community-based programs and rural training tracks
  • All programs are based on the traditional values of Family Medicine - continuing, comprehensive, cost-effective, and compassionate care
  • All programs value excellent practice in balance with personal and family life
  • Our Family Medicine Residencies are among the largest and most experienced with new, state-of-the-art designs for team-based care and resident instruction
  • You will be prepared in any setting - in the US or internationally

Debt Management Overview

NHSC's Loan Repayment Program

AMA's Medical Student Debt Management Page

AAFP's Debt Management Guide - The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) offers an online resource for all medical students and residents broken into three key training sections: Before Applying to Medical School, Once You Are Accepted to Medical School and As You Approach Graduation.

The Family Medicine specialty is in high demand. Recognizing the demand for primary care physicians, there are several loan repayment programs that offer funding resources for practicing in underserved areas  These programs include:

AAFP Resources for Residents partner site with access to patient handouts

Tools for finding CME opportunities

NCFMR&MS info and registration

AAFP Careers

FoFM detailed summary of project and contributors

AAFP's Residents-only ListServ

Student Resources

Get involved with MassAFP

MassAFP has 1 Student postition on its Board of Directors

Committees -  We welcome student participation on our committees. 


AAFP Student and Resident Leadership Opportunities - an overview of the opportunities to get involved in a leadership position on the national level.

AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Students - Once a year, Family Medicine leaders and educators come from across the nation to share their knowledge with Family Medicine residents and medical students.

Something you may be worrying about is how best to satisfy your student loan lenders while not living on ramen during your residency years. Most programs require application a few months before the grace period ends to account for processing time.

Here are some resources and programs that can help you get off on the right foot:

Income Based Repayment - Income Based Repayment (IBR) is a repayment plan for federal loans that restricts your monthly payment amount to an amount that is intended to be affordable-taking into account both income and family size. On a resident's salary you are very likely to qualify for IBR during your residency years. Under this program any remaining loans will be forgiven after 25 years and only 10 years for those who work in public service jobs such as non-profits. Most hospitals and community clinics qualify for the 10 year non-profit plan.

You must contact each of the servicers that service your loans to apply for IBR. Direct Loan borrowers can go to If you are unsure who holds your loans or who your loan servicer is, you can access the U.S. Department of Education's National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) Web site at

Public Service Loan Forgiveness - The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program was established to encourage individuals to enter and continue in full-time public service employment by forgiving the remaining balance of their William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program loans after the borrower has made 120 qualifying monthly payments (beginning anytime after October 1, 2007) while employed full-time by a public service organization.

National Health Service Corps - Have a lot of medical school debt? Interested in working in a Health Professional Shortage Area and ensuring that individuals receive the care they need? NHSC may be for you! This program allows primary care physicians working full-time at an approved National Health Service Corps site to receive $50,000 toward repayment of their health professions student loans for 2 years of service and can apply for additional support for extended service - as much as $145,000 for 5 years!  Applications are competitive so apply now and take advantage of this great opportunity.

Marriage "Penalty" Reduced for Income Based Repayment Program as of July 1, 2010 - Under changes made to the IBR regulations that will take effect July 1, 2010, married borrowers who file joint tax returns and who both have eligible student loan debt will have their individual IBR eligibility determined based on their joint income and the combined eligible loan debt of both spouses. For couples who are both physicians and/or both have significant student loan debt this may reduce your payment substantially.

Virtual Family Medicine Interest Group - FMIGs serve to promote the broad and opportunity-filled specialty of family medicine at medical schools across the nation. The Virtual FMIG provides resources such as a web-based educational forum, an RSS feed for Medical Student News, and much more.

Frequently Asked Questions about Family Medicine - original publishd in American Family Physician, this article provides answers to many questions med students have about the specialty of family medicine such as "Why is family medicine important?" "What career opportunities will be available to me as a family physician?" and "What elements of family medicine are most rewarding?". - A digital library of medical information for the medical student and all students of medicine - sites devoted to life as a medical student. Starting with your premed years, prepping for the MCAT and applying to medical schools, StudentDoc takes you through the transformative journey from student to physician.