Vision, Mission and History

Our Vision

The vision of the Center for the History of Family Medicine, as the collective memory of the speciality, is to play a major role in informing through history the transformation and future of Family Medicine as a discipline.

Our Mission

The mission of the Center for the History of Family Medicine is to serve as the principal resource center for the collection, conservation, study, exhibition, and dissemination of materials relating to the evolving history of the specialty of Family Medicine in the United States for the benefit of the specialty and the public. 

About the Center

The Center for the History of Family Medicine (CHFM) is the primary repository of information and resources on the history and evolution of general practice, family practice and the specialty of family medicine in the United States.

As such, the Center fills three roles in one:

  • A historical research library, holding published works on Family Medicine as well as books by or about family physicians
  • An archive, serving as the official repository for both the records of the major family medicine organizations and leaders within the specialty
  • A museum, featuring artifacts and exhibits from the earliest days of general practice up to the present day's specialty of family medicine

The CHFM also serves as the official historical repository for the following Family Medicine organizations:

  • The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
  • The American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation (AAFP Foundation)
  • The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM)
  • The American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP)
  • The Association of Departments of Family Medicine (ADFM)
  • The Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (AFMRD)
  • The North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG)
  • The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM)

In addition, the CHFM collections document some of the smaller ancillary Family Medicine organizations, such as the Association of Family Medicine Administration (AFMA) and the Family Medicine Residency Nurses Association (FMRNA). The CHFM collections also document the Family Medicine Working Party and some international associations, such as the International Center for Family Medicine (ICFM) and the World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians/World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA).


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