James Schouten, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Payson, has achieved the Degree of Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the national medical association representing nearly 110,600 family physicians, residents and medical students.
The degree was conferred on more than 180 family physicians during a convocation in September, in conjunction with the AAFP’s annual meeting in San Diego, Calif.
Established in 1971, the AAFP Degree of Fellow recognizes family physicians who have distinguished themselves through service to family medicine and ongoing professional development.
This year’s fellowship class brings the total number of AAFP Fellows to more than 29,000 nationwide.
AAFP Fellowship entitles the physician to use the honorary designation, “Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians,” or “F.A.A.F.P.”
Criteria for receiving the AAFP Degree of Fellow consist of a minimum of six years of membership in the organization, extensive continuing medical education, participation in public service programs outside medical practice, conducting original research and serving as a teacher in family medicine.
The AAFP was the first national medical specialty organization to require its members to complete a minimum of 150 hours of accredited continuing medical education every three years.
The AAFP is the only medical specialty society devoted solely to primary care.