Family Medicine

Competitiveness: Low

Family Medicine is a great choice 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 it is one of the largest, most IMG-friendly medical specialties. However, Family Medicine is not a specialty to be taken lightly. Program Directors are looking for residency applicants with a 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 in 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 2020:

  • USMLE Step 1 score: 211
  • USMLE Step 2 CK score: 226
  • Research: 1.5
  • Abstracts/Presentations/etc: 1.9
  • Work: 4.3
  • Volunteer: 4.8

Average Stats for a Matched Non-US IMG in 2020:

  • USMLE Step 1 score: 219
  • USMLE Step 2 CK score: 229
  • Research: 1.8
  • Abstracts/Presentations/etc: 2.9
  • Work: 6.3
  • Volunteer: 5.4

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 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 (93%)
  2. Personal Statement (84%)
  3. Letters of recommendation in the specialty (81%)
  4. USMLE Step 2 CK score (80%)
  5. USMLE Step 1 score (80%)

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

  1. Applicant was flagged with Match violation by the NRMP (4.7)
  2. Perceived commitment to specialty (4.5)
  3. Evidence of professionalism and ethics (4.5)
  4. Personal prior knowledge of the applicant(4.3)
  5. Audition/elective within your department (4.2)

Fast Facts

Total Training 3 years
Average Residency Salary $58,500
Average Physician Salary $217,000
Average Work Week 52.6 Hours
Peak Interview Months November, December
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

706 /

Number of Programs/Positions


Post-Match SOAP Unfilled Positions

Main Residency Match


Post-Match SOAP

Program Track Categorical
Participating Programs 139
Filled Programs 119
Positions Available 337
Filled Positions 294


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