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Family Medicine

Competitiveness: Low

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.

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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

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. 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

1,234

IMGs Matched

745 /
4,916

Number of Programs/Positions

465

Post-Match SOAP Unfilled Positions

Main Residency Match

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Post-Match SOAP

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

Subspecialties

  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Hospice & Palliative Medicine
  • Pain Medicine
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Sports Medicine