American Academy of Family Physicians honors Charleston Clinic's Dr. Rob CarterBy HEATHER YNDA,
Dr. Robert “Rob” Love Carter, a family physician at the Charleston Clinic, has achieved the degree of Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the national medical association representing nearly 131,400 family physicians, residents and medical students.
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 17,500 nationwide.
AAFP Fellowship entitles the physician to use the honorary designation, “Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians,” or “FAAFP.”
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. It is the only medical specialty society devoted solely to primary care.
Carter began his practice in Charleston as the medical director of Charleston Clinic, Tallahatchie General Hospital and Tallahatchie Extended Care Facility May 12, 2014. He served as chief of staff for TGH from January 2016 through December 2017. He also has served as the medical director of Tutwiler Clinic since the retirement of Dr. Anne Brooks during the summer of 2017.
Carter’s wife, Monica, a board-certified family nurse practitioner, also practices at Charleston Clinic.
Nearly one in four of all office visits are made to family physicians. That is 208 million office visits each year — nearly 83 million more than to the next medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide the majority of care for America’s underserved and rural populations.
To learn more about the American Academy of Family Physicians and about the specialty of family medicine, visit the organization’s website at www.aafp.org.
Sun-Sentinel Editor and Publisher Clay McFerrin contributed to this story.
IN THE PHOTO: Dr. Rob Carter of Charleston Clinic is a recent recipient of the degree of Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. (Photo special to The Sun-Sentinel)