Match Day 2014

Press Release: Medical Student Interest in Family Medicine Continues to Grow

Interest in family medicine continued its upward trend for the fifth consecutive year, according to the 2014 National Residency Matching Program results released today. Read the full release.

Infographic: Growth of family medicine Match placements

Student interest in family medicine continued its upward trend in the 2014 Match. “We’re pleased that this trend is continuing, but it needs to accelerate,” said Reid Blackwelder, MD, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Click to see the graph(1 page PDF).

Interviews with Medical Students Available

Dedication to ensuring everyone has access to health care, a career that capitalizes on their entire medical education rather than restricting them to a single organ system or disease, long-term relationships with patients and their families, and a good lifestyle. These are among the motivations for five medical students who will choose family medicine for their specialty. The five — serving as Family Medicine Interest Group regional coordinators — can provide insight into their decision. For interviews, contact Leslie Champlin, lchampli@aafp.org or 800-274-2237, Ext. 5224.

Workforce Recommendations Would End Family Physician Shortage by 2025

The United States could end the shortage of family physicians by increasing family medicine residency training positions to 4,475 by 2025, according to the recently issued Family Physician Workforce Reform: Recommendations of the American Academy of Family Physicians. In order to reach that goal, the graduate medical education system would need to add 65 family medicine training positions each year over the next 10 years. The policy “reflects the comprehensive approach that must be taken if patients across the country are to have access to the care they need,” said AAFP President Reid Blackwelder, MD, in a news release on the new recommendations.

How Can America Build its Primary Care Workforce?  “Four Pillars” Document Points the Way

Described in a news release as “a way to succinctly communicate how this nation can address its need for a strong primary care workforce,” the “Four Pillars for Primary Care Physician Workforce Reform: A Blueprint for Future Activity(www.annfammed.org)” brings together all the elements needed to increase the number of medical students choosing primary care and to sustain their practices as patient-centered medical homes. An accompanying graphic of the Four Pillars plan quickly illustrates its tenets.