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Why join AAIP?

Since 1971 the Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) has supported the recruitment of American Indian and Alaska Natives into health professions. As AAIP members, more than 412 American Indian/Alaskan Native residents, licensed or retired Allopathic or Osteopathic physicians, express their commitment to pursuing excellence in Native American health care by promoting education in the medical disciplines, honoring traditional healing principles and restoring the balance of mind, body, and spirit.

Membership in AAIP offers a vast pool of opportunities for career growth through networking with other Native physicians across the country as well as opportunities to support future generations of Native health care providers by serving as role models for a variety of AAIP student programs.

As a added value Association of American Indian Physicians members also have exclusive access to our new online member community! Our new member-centric website offers personal member profiles, member directory, events, news, blogs, photo galleries, social networking, and so much more. Most importantly, our community creates a safe secure environment for connecting with fellow members and keeping in touch with over 380 member physicians from our organization. We encourage you to join, build a profile and explore the new online membership directory.

Frequently Asked Questions



How do I join?

Become an AAIP member today. Joining is easy. Review the eligibility information listed below then decide which membership category is appropriate for you.

Who is eligible to be a member of AAIP?

Membership in AAIP is open to:

American Indian/Alaskan Native Physicians and Residents who are licensed or formerly licensed or retired allopathic or osteopathic physician in good standing with their licensure agency, who identifies and holds himself or herself out as an American Indian, or Alaska Native. 

What are the different categories of membership?

Membership is organized into the following two categories:

AAIP Standard Membership – Is open to individuals that possess 1/8 degree or more of American Indian or Alaska Native blood or ancestry, standard members also have full voting privileges.

AAIP Associate Membership – Is open to those who identify and hold himself or herself out as an American Indian or Alaska Native, but cannot provide sufficient verification or proof of 1/8 degree or more of American Indian or Alaska Native heritage or ancestry, but can provide sufficient verification or proof of some American Indian or Alaska Native ancestry. 

What is the annual cost for AAIP membership?

Full Member Physicians

Annual membership $250
Annual resident membership (all residents) $25

Retired Physicians

Fully Retired $50

Associate Member Physicians

Annual membership $175
Annual Resident (all residents) $25

When will I be asked to renew my AAIP membership?
Your membership renewal will be billed in December for the next year.  Your annual dues will be requested to be paid by December 31st of the current year.
Are my dues tax deductible?

Because AAIP is a 501(c)(3) organization, dues are deductible as a charitable contribution for federal income tax purposes.