The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians (OAFP) is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Family Physician of the Year Award. This award recognizes a family physician who has exhibited extraordinary, beyond-the-call-of-duty merit, articulating and encouraging members and students to pursue the ideals of family medicine, and convey these ideals to the public.

"Family physicians are committed to the overall health of all Ohioans," said Donald Mack, MD, president of the OAFP. "By recognizing our members for their contribution to their communities and years of service, we hope to inspire the next generation of leaders to consider family medicine."

With nearly 3,600 family physicians providing health care across the state, Ohio is one of the largest, most active chapters of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Nearly 80 percent of all family physicians in Ohio are members of the OAFP.

To be nominated for this award, the family physician must:

• Have 10 years’ post-residency (or equivalent) experience

• Be a member of the OAFP

• Currently be in practice

Nominations can be made by any current OAFP member, a local constituent chapter, a family medicine residency program, departments of family medicine, or a community individual. To nominate your physician, complete the nomination form online at www.alareg.com/_ 2018familyphysicianoftheyear or send a letter of recommendation to:

OAFP Awards Workgroup

Ohio Academy of Family Physicians

4075 N. High St.

Columbus, OH 43214-3296

Fax: 614.267.9191

Email: mpelt@ohioafp.org

To check if a physician is a member of the OAFP, call (800) 742-7327 or e-mail mail@ohioafp.org.

The 2018 Family Physician of the Year will be recognized on Saturday, August 18, during OAFP’s Academy Awards Dinner, which is part of the annual Family Medicine Celebration held at The Grand Event Center in Columbus, Ohio.

For more information about the award and to view the 2017 Family Physician of the Year award winner's video visit: www.ohioafp.org/members/awards .

The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians is a statewide professional association with more than 4,900 members, including practicing physicians, family medicine residents, and medical students. The scope of family medicine encompasses all ages, both sexes, and every disease entity. Family physicians provide comprehensive, continuing care to all members of the family.