Joseph Parra, MD, has been appointed to serve as member of the American Academy of Family Physicians’ Commission on Membership and Member Services for a 4-year term beginning December 15, 2016.
The Commission on Membership and Member Services (CMMS) is one of seven commissions that direct AAFP policies and programs. The goals of this commission are to guide the AAFP's membership efforts and to assist the constituent chapters in their membership efforts. Responsibilities include recruitment/retention efforts, value of membership, member services, life-stage career issues, special needs, awards, international membership, urban/rural membership issues, Degree of Fellow, member constituencies, National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL) planning, chapter relations (Annual Chapter Leader Forum [ACLF]), leadership development, member interest groups, and monitor membership trends.
Dr. Parra has been a part of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) for over 14 years. Parra is currently serving as the Chief Medical Officer at Orange Park Medical Center. Prior to Orange Park Medical Center he served as the Hospitalist Medical Director at Wesley Medical Center proceeded by 7 years as a hospitalist.
To maintain membership in the American Academy of Family Physicians, Parra is required to complete a minimum of 150 hours of accredited continuing medical education every three years. The AAFP was the first national medical specialty organization to set continuing education requirements for its members. This requirement helps ensure family physician members stay current on the most upto-date medical technologies, research and techniques.