Code of Conduct


Thank you for being part of our community. To ensure the best possible experience for all members, we have established some basic guidelines for participation.

We welcome your comments and encourage thoughtful discussion and differing viewpoints on this page. Feel free to challenge the ideas of those with whom you disagree (including the AAFP), but please be respectful.

Only information which can be expected to be of interest to AAFP members by virtue of its relevance to either (1) clinical and socioeconomic issues in medicine or (2) AAFP related activities should be posted.

Do not post commercial or promotional messages. In fairness to your community, if you have an economic interest in any product or service, you should mention your relevant interest or affiliation when posting about or otherwise discussing that product or service (or the product or service of a competitor). All community participants deserve to know this information so that they can make their own determination whether another participant’s background or affiliation colors that person’s remarks.

In addition, we will not permit messages selling products, recruiting, political campaigning or endorsements, or promoting commercial or other ventures or those perceived as spam (especially from anonymous posters). Messages posted on behalf of non-members of the AAFP are not permitted. The posting of volunteer positions is not, however, prohibited under these Guidelines. Any communications regarding salaries or pricing (including negotiations with payers) are prohibited.

In regards to these communities, we reserve the right (but assume no obligation) to remove comments that are racist, sexist, abusive, profane, violent, obscene, or that libel, incite, threaten, make personal attacks, or otherwise fail to comply with the AAFP Community Guidelines or Terms of Service.

AAFP may modify, suspend, or discontinue, on a temporary or permanent basis, any AAFP Community service or user's access at any time for any reason. All rights of modification, suspension, or termination shall be within the sole discretion of the AAFP.

As AAFP Communities are not regularly monitored by the AAFP, do not use them to send messages to the AAFP. Email can be sent to the AAFP via


The AAFP Member Directory is published online as areference for AAFP members’ personal and professional use only. It is important to remember thatAAFP members expect that the information they provide to the AAFP will be treated confidentially.Therefore, information about members in the Member Directory should not be shared with non-members. Use of information contained herein by anyone other than a member is prohibited without prior written authorization of the AAFP in each instance.

Information contained in the Member Directory may not be used to make sales or other commercial contacts, promote products or services, conduct surveys, advance political views, distribute mass communications, or make any contacts that are inappropriate, unwelcome, or unlawful.

The information compiled in the Member Directory is the property of the AAFP and may not be reproduced or distributed in whole or in part without AAFP’s permission.

Users assume responsibility and will be liable to the AAFP for any damage suffered by it as a result of their unauthorized use or copying of the information contained in the Member Directory, including any unauthorized use, or copying by their agents or employees.

Any question regarding the Member Directory or these terms should be directed to the AAFP’s Vice President, Membership.