Match Day 2016
News Release: Growth in 2016 Match Results Will Fail to Fill the Primary Care Physician Pipeline
Interest in family medicine continued its upward trend for the seventh consecutive year, but at a slower pace, according to the 2016 National Residency Matching Program results released today.
Infographic: Growth of Family Medicine Match Placements 2006 – 2016(73 KB PDF)
Student interest in family medicine ticked upward for the seventh consecutive year in the 2016 Match. “Although we’re pleased that interest in family medicine is holding steady, the nation needs for that interest to rise dramatically,” said Wanda Filer, MD, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Students Who Become Family Physicians Practice the Full Scope of Medicine
Research at the Robert Graham Center demonstrates the complexity of family medicine. “Complexity of ambulatory care visits of patients with diabetes as reflected by diagnoses per visit,” showed that primary care physicians provide far more complex care as measured by the number of health problems address in each patient visit. A second study, “Accounting for Complexity: Aligning Current Payment Models with the Breadth of Care by Different Specialties,” showed that primary care physicians grapple with 23 diagnostic codes in caring for their patients while subspecialists such as cardiologists use a median of six codes and psychiatrists use three.
Several Policy Options Would Address the Primary Care Physician Pipeline
The American Academy of Family Physicians’ paper, Aligning Resources, Increasing Accountability, and Delivering a Primary Care Physician Workforce for America, calls for greater accountability and transparency in the GME system and an alignment of national investment in meeting the physician workforce needs of the country. The proposal also creates a mechanism to ensure that the training of physicians occurs in the most appropriate settings and not solely in a hospital.