Entry of US Medical School Graduates Into Family Medicine Residencies: 2014-2015

Fam Med. 2015 Oct;47(9):712-6.


This is the 34th national study conducted by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) that reports retrospectively the percentage of graduates from US MD-granting and DO-granting medical schools who entered Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited family medicine residency programs as first-year residents in 2014. Approximately 8.5% of the 18,241 students graduating from US MD-granting medical schools between July 2013 and June 2014 entered a family medicine residency. Of the 1,458 graduates of the US MD-granting medical schools who entered a family medicine residency in 2014, 80% graduated from 69 of the 131 schools. Eleven schools lacking departments or divisions of family medicine produced only a total of 26 students entering family medicine. In aggregate, medical schools west of the Mississippi River represent less than a third of all US MD-granting schools but have an aggregate rate of students selecting family medicine that is two-thirds higher than schools to the east of the Mississippi. A rank order list of US MD-granting medical schools was created based on the last 3 years' average percentage of graduates who became family medicine residents, using the 2014 and prior AAFP census data. US MD schools continue to fail to produce a primary care workforce, a key measure of social responsibility as measured by their production of graduates entering into family medicine. DO-granting and international medical school graduates filled the majority of ACGME-accredited family medicine first-year resident positions in 2014.

MeSH terms

  • Career Choice*
  • Family Practice / education*
  • Foreign Medical Graduates / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency / statistics & numerical data*
  • Osteopathic Physicians / statistics & numerical data
  • Residence Characteristics / statistics & numerical data
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Students, Medical / statistics & numerical data*
  • United States