WAFP Fact Sheet


Established in 1948, the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians (WAFP) is the state chapter of the 129,000-member American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). The WAFP represents 3,000 members, making the WAFP the single largest physician specialty group in Wisconsin. The WAFP is governed by a 24-member board of directors.

The mission of the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians is to promote excellence in health care and to improve the health of the people of Wisconsin through the advancement of the art and science of Family Medicine, the specialty of Family Medicine and the professional growth of Family Medicine physicians.


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 WAFP 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.


Active: 1909                Membership Practice Data:
Student: 606 26% practice in nonmetropolitan settings
Resident: 243  74% practice in metropolitan settings
Life Members: 173  77% are employed
Inactive: 19  80% would encourage medical students to choose Family Medicine
Supporting: Members are: 54% men; 46% women
53% under the age of 50    


Developing and supporting new family physicians is central to the mission and purpose of the WAFP. The WAFP supports Family Medicine student groups, travel reimbursement for students choosing Wisconsin residencies, externship programs, student and resident board and committee positions and resident leadership development, in addition to ongoing involvement with medical schools and residency programs.

Wisconsin offers two top-ranked medical schools to pursue the Family Medicine specialty: University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health and the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Upon completion of their four-year medical degree, medical students interested in Family Medicine can choose from 16 residency programs in Wisconsin. Family Medicine residents come from across the country and abroad to participate in these three-year programs:

Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliations

  • All Saints Family Medicine Residency Program
  • Columbia-St. Mary's Family Medicine Residency Program
  • Community Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program
  • Fox Valley Family Medicine Residency Program
  • Waukesha Family Medicine Residency Program

UW-Madison Affiliations

  • Aurora Family Medicine Residency Program, Milwaukee
  • Baraboo Rural Training Track Family Medicine Residency Program
  • Eau Claire Family Medicine Residency Program
  • Madison Family Medicine Residency Program
  • Wausau Family Medicine Residency Program

Regional Affiliations

  • Aurora Lakeland Rural Training Track Family Medicine Residency
  • Gundersen Medical Foundation Family Medicine Residency Program, La Crosse
  • La Crosse-Mayo Family Medicine Residency Program, affiliated with the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, La Crosse
  • Mayo Eau Claire Family Medicine Residency Program, affiliated with the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Eau Claire
  • Mercy Health System Family Medicine Residency Program, Janesville
  • Monroe Clinic Rural Family Medicine Residency Program, Monroe

Consider Wisconsin

Family physicians often choose Wisconsin as their home. 52% of residents stay in Wisconsin to practice, with nearly half choosing rural settings.


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

Larry Pheifer, Executive Director
Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians
210 Green Bay Road
Thiensville, WI 53092
(262) 512-0606 • Fax (262) 242-1862

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