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Your dues include membership in CAFP, AAFP, and your local county chapter. Click here to join or renew online, or contact CAFP at (415) 345-8667 or email for assistance.
To be eligible for active membership, a physician must have completed (1) an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-approved three-year family medicine residency program; (2) an American Osteopathic Association (AOA)-approved one-year rotating general or family medicine internship, plus two years of an AOA-approved general or family medicine residency program; (3) an AOA-approved three-year general or family medicine residency program; or (4) A College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)-approved family medicine residency program. Click here to learn more, or contact CAFP at (415) 345-8667 or email for assistance.
Welcome back! Reinstating your membership by paying your back dues allows you to reactivate your membership and access your benefits immediately. It also enables you to retain your original join date so that your can be eligible for Life membership and/or the AAFP's Degree of Fellow. When you rejoin, you'll need to submit a new application form.
Continuing education and professional development are key to providing quality care and maintaining licensure. Active and Supporting members must complete and report a minimum of 150 credits of approved CME within each three-year re-election term. At least 75 of the 150 credits must be AAFP Prescribed credit. Learn more about Member CME Requirements and the AAFP three-year CME re-election cycle.
Whether you practice in a solo, small or large group setting, CAFP’s resources can help you tackle everyday practice challenges and achieve personal and professional success at every stage of your career. Learn More.
The cost of Academy Membership includes national, state, and local dues. Please see the Membership Classification Chart for descriptions of the different membership categories and their dues rates.
Yes, membership dues are tax-deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense, but please note that 18% of your 2017 membership dues payment is not tax-deductible as a business expense because it is allocated to lobbying activities of the Academy. Check with your account or tax advisor for guidance.
No, membership is unified. To be a member of CAFP, you must also belong to AAFP and your local county chapter. Our members benefit from the diverse combination of opportunities and programs available through the national, state, and local organizations.
Yes! We offer a 50 percent discount for new physicians in their first year of active practice, post-residency. Please note: If you were not a member when you completed residency but join sometime afterward, you are not eligible for this one-time discount. Graduating resident members will be invoiced at the discounted rate for their first year of active practice when they are transitioned from resident to active membership status at the completion of residency.
Yes! The distinction of Life membership is offered to those who have continued membership for at least 20 years AND are age 70 or older OR completely retired from the practice of medicine. Life members no longer need to report CME hours. Life membership includes a one-time fee of $500. CAFP reaches out to qualifying members every summer. To inquire about your Life membership eligibility, contact CAFP at (415) 345-8667 or email for assistance.
Payment is accepted by check or by Visa, Mastercard, or American Express. You can remit a lump-sum payment, set up an automatic renewal, and/or set up a monthly payment plan with a credit card. If you choose the installment plan, your monthly payments will begin in your first month of membership and will continue until August. There is a $35 administrative fee for the installment plan. Contact CAFP at (415) 345-8667 or email for assistance.
If you are engaging in full-time charitable work or facing a catastrophic illness or injury, you may be eligible for reduced dues. Contact CAFP at (415) 345-8667 or email for assistance.
Please ensure we have your current contact information so you can receive announcements of our newest resources and take full advantage of your membership benefits. You can submit your updates using this form or contact CAFP at (415) 345-8667 or email for assistance. Remember, you also need to notify the Medical Board of California of a change in address within 30 days.
Please contact CAFP at (415) 345-8667 or email for assistance. We will be happy to help you!