Family Medicine

Competitiveness: Low

Family Medicine is for any residency candidate dedicated to long-term primary care and close relationships with patients. Family Medicine is one of the most flexible medical specialties when it comes to USMLE exam scores, and is one of the largest, most IMG friendly medical specialties. However, Family Medicine is not a specialty to be taken lightly. Program Directors in Family Medicine programs are looking for residency applicants with a background and visibly deep interest in Family practice. This dedication can best be demonstrated throughout the residency application. Residency candidates looking to apply to Family Medicine residency programs should focus on getting Family Medicine experience and specialty specific Family Medicine Letters of Recommendation to prove they are truly invested to the specialty. It is also important to have a well-written Family Medicine Personal Statement which shows an applicant’s personal connection to primary care and their Family Medicine experience.

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IMG Profile

Average Stats for a Matched US IMG in 2018:

  • USMLE Step 1 score: 211
  • USMLE Step 2 CK score: 225
  • Research: 1.4
  • Abstracts/Presentations/etc: 2.0
  • Work: 3.8
  • Volunteer: 4.6

Average Stats for a Matched Non-US IMG in 2018:

  • USMLE Step 1 score: 220
  • USMLE Step 2 CK score: 231
  • Research: 1.9
  • Abstracts/Presentations/etc: 2.7
  • Work: 5.8
  • Volunteer: 4.8

Specialty Factors

Every specialty has unique factors they want each candidate to have in their residency application. NRMP conducts regular Program Director surveys to identify which parts of the residency application are most important in differing specialties. Among the information gathered, Program Directors were asked to to cite factors they used to select candidates for interviews. They were also asked to rate each factor on a scale from 1 (least important) to 5 (most important).

The Top 5 Most Important Family Medicine Application Factors

Percentage of Programs Citing Each Factor

  1. Perceived commitment to specialty (92%)
  2. USMLE Step 1 score (89%)
  3. USMLE Step 2 CK score (87%), Personal Statement (87%)
  4. Specialty specific Letters of Recommendation (85%)
  5. Passing USMLE Step 2 CS (82%)

Average Importance Rating for Each Factor (scale of 1 to 5)

  1. Flagged by NRMP (4.8)
  2. Evidence of professionalism and ethics (4.7)
  3. Perceived commitment to specialty (4.6)
  4. Perceived interest in program (4.4)
  5. Personal prior knowledge of applicant (4.3), Audition elective/rotation within department (4.3), Passing USMLE Step 2 CS (4.3)

Fast Facts

Total Training 3 years
Average Residency Salary $52,000
Average Work Week 52.6 Hours
Peak Interview Months October, January
Key Organizations and Societies: American Academy of Family Physicians
  • IMG Friendly, Older Candidate (more than five year since medical school) friendly, and more flexible than most specialties
  • The least competitive specialty but requires you show dedication to Family Medicine through experience and Letters of Recommendation

Match Statistics

Main Residency Match and Post-Match Stats


IMGs Matched

557 /

Number of Programs/Positions


Post-Match SOAP Unfilled Positions

Main Residency Match


Post-Match SOAP

Program Track Categorical
Participating Programs 54
Filled Programs 50
Positions Available 117
Filled Positions 106


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