Entry of US medical school graduates into family practice residencies: 2001-2002 and 3-year summary

Fam Med. 2002 Sep;34(8):575-83.


This is the 21st report prepared by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) on the percentage of each US medical school's graduates entering family practice residency programs. Approximately 10.9% of the 15,900 graduates of US medical schools between July 2000 and June 2001 were first-year family practice residents in 2001, compared with 12.8% in 2000 and 13.4% in 1999. Medical school graduates from publicly funded medical schools were more likely to be first-year family practice residents in October 2001 than were residents from privately funded schools, 12.7% compared with 8.4%. The West North Central region reported the highest percentage of medical school graduates who were first-year residents in family practice programs in October 2001 at 15.2%; the Middle Atlantic and New England regions reported the lowest percentages at 8.0% and 7.2%, respectively. Nearly half of the medical school graduates (48.0%) entering a family practice residency program as first-year residents in October 2001 entered a program in the same state where they graduated from medical school. The percentages for each medical school have varied substantially from year to year since the AAFP began reporting this information. This article reports the average percentage for each medical school for the last 3 years. Also reported are the number and percentage of graduates from colleges of osteopathic medicine who entered Accreditation Councilfor Graduate Medical Education-accreditedfamily practice residency programs, based on estimates provided by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Career Choice*
  • Education, Medical, Graduate
  • Family Practice* / education
  • Female
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency / statistics & numerical data*
  • Internship and Residency / trends
  • Male
  • Physicians, Family / statistics & numerical data
  • Schools, Medical
  • United States
  • Workforce