MAFP Celebrating 75th Anniversary

Chartered in 1948 as the 19th constituent chapter of American Academy of Family Physicians, Michigan Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP)—originally named Michigan Academy of General Practice (MAGP)—is proud and excited to launch its year-long 75th anniversary commemoration.

Since MAFP’s founding, the U.S. healthcare system has undergone tremendous change, as has the practice of family medicine. One thing has remained the same, however; MAFP’s steadfast dedication to its mission of supporting family physicians and their practices as they work to ensure high-quality, cost-effective, physician-led team-based healthcare for patients of all ages.

Our Beginnings | 1948

At the right is a photo of the first American Academy of General Practice Board of Directors (1947-1949). Serving on that first Board were two family physicians from Michigan—Elmer "Tex" Texter, MD (Detroit), Vice President (first row, second from the right) and Arch Walls, MD (Detroit), Director (third row, second from left).

Dr. Texter went on to serve as 1948-1949 AAFP President-elect, follwed by the Academy’s second President in 1949-1950. Dr. Walls served as MAGP’s first President in 1948.

Both Dr. Texter and Dr. Walls—along with E. Clarkson Long, MD; JS De Tar, MD; AC Stander, MD; Luther Day, MD; and WB Harm, MD—were instrumental in AAGP’s chartering of Michigan Academy of General Practice on June 25, 1948 (click photo on bottom right).

Within its first year, the Michigan Chapter had 513 members. By 1950, membership had grown to over 3,000 members.

Current Day | 2023

Today, MAFP represents more than 4,200 family physicians, family medicine resident physicians, and medical students in Michigan, making it the state’s largest specialty physician association and an extra-large chapter of AAFP.

MAFP is governed by the Board of Directors, led by President Glenn Dregansky, DO, FAAFP (Jerome). Click here for the list of past presidents.

Stay tuned throughout the year to MAFP's e-newsletter, Family Medicine Update; quarterly magazine, Michigan Family Physician; and social channels for more family medicine and MAFP milestones of the past 75 years.