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Family Medicine

Family physicians provide front-line health care that is accessible, high quality, comprehensive and continuous over time for people of all ages, life stages, backgrounds and conditions. They care for individuals and for entire families, from birth through the end of life, including a broad range of preventive care; healthy lifestyle counseling; mental health care; care of acute illnesses; management of chronic diseases, including patients with multi-morbidity. When needed, they also provide referral and coordination of care with other specialists.

Competitiveness LOW
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IMG Profile

Average Stats for a Matched US IMG in 2022:

  • USMLE Step 1 score: 211
  • USMLE Step 2 CK score: 225
  • Research: 1.8
  • Abstracts/Presentations/etc: 2.3
  • Work: 4.7
  • Volunteer: 4.8

Average Stats for a Matched Non-US IMG in 2022:

  • USMLE Step 1 score: 219
  • USMLE Step 2 CK score: 231
  • Research: 2.0
  • Abstracts/Presentations/etc: 3.8
  • Work: 5.3
  • Volunteer: 5.0
Specialty Factors

In March 2022, the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) conducted its survey of directors of programs participating in the Main Residency Match ® with the primary purpose of characterizing the factors that Program Directors use to (1) select applicants to interview, and (2) rank applicants for the Main Residency Match. See results of the Program Director Survey for Family Medicine below:

The Top 5 Most Important Family Medicine Application Factors

Percentage of Programs Citing Each Factor

  1. MSPE (86.8%)
  2. Any failed attempt at USMLE (79.2%)
  3. USMLE Step 1 score (75.5%)
  4. USMLE Step 2 CK score (75.5%)
  5. Grades in required clerkships (64.2%)

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

  1. NRMP flag for match violation (4.6)
  2. Professionalism and ethics (4.5)
  3. Perceived commitment to specialty (4.4)
  4. Ability to work legally w/o visa (4.3)
  5. Perceived interest in program (4.2)

Fast Facts

Total Training 3 years
Average Residency Salary $56,667.58
Average Physician Salary $255,000
Average Work Week 52.6 Hours
Peak Interview Months October-January
Key Organizations and Societies: American Academy of Family Physicians
American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation
American Academy of Family Physicians: Medical Students and Residents
American Board of Family Medicine
American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors
Association of Departments of Family Medicine
  • 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

745 /

Number of Programs/Positions


Post-Match SOAP Unfilled Positions

Main Residency Match


Post-Match SOAP

Program Track Categorical
Participating Programs 176
Filled Programs 160
Positions Available 468
Filled Positions 445


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