Medical Schools for Family Medicine

The United States doesn't have enough primary care physicians to meet the health care needs of its people, and the problem is getting worse: research projects a shortage of more than 33,000 physicians by 2035. The Council on Graduate Medical Education, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Pew Health Professions Commission, and others have called for a U.S. physician workforce that is 40% primary care. With a growing and aging population, it is critical that U.S. medical schools train a physician workforce that meets the health care needs of every American.

Attributes of Strong Family Medicine Programs

Schools that contribute to the family medicine pipeline directly address the need for primary care physicians in the U.S. These schools provide a standard of education that typically includes:  

  • A school mission that addresses producing community doctors to provide primary care
  • Admissions policies that target students from rural and medically underserved areas
  • Clinical rotations, including electives, that emphasize positive experiences in family medicine early in the curricular structure and that exposure students to community physicians
  • Faculty involvement in medical school committees and leadership
  • Strong family medicine interest groups (FMIGs) and leadership opportunities for students
  • Financial support that minimizes the impact of student debt
  • Education and opportunities for students to understand the importance of family medicine and the professional satisfaction the specialty brings

Medical Schools Making a Difference

The lists below show the 20 U.S. allopathic medical schools and 20 osteopathic medical schools that have achieved the greatest percentage of graduates going into family medicine residencies, based on a three-year average (i.e., students who graduated in 2013, 2014 and 2015). These schools are helping grow the primary care workforce and meet the health care needs of the country.

Find a complete ranking of all schools based only on 2015 data (the most recent available).

Allopathic Medical SchoolPercentage of
Graduates Entering
Family Medicine
Allopathic Medical School: University of Minnesota
Percentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 19%
Allopathic Medical School: University of KansasPercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 17.8%
Allopathic Medical School: University of North Dakota
Percentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 17.4%
Allopathic Medical School: East Carolina University
Percentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 16.7%
Allopathic Medical School: University of Washington
Percentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 16.6%
Allopathic Medical School: Loma Linda University
Percentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 16.5%
Allopathic Medical School: University of Arkansas
Percentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 16.3%
Allopathic Medical School: University of NebraskaPercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 16.1%
Allopathic Medical School: University of Oklahoma
Percentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 16%
Allopathic Medical School: Oregon Health & Sciences Univ
Percentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 15.8%
Allopathic Medical School: University of Wisconsin
Percentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 15.6%
Allopathic Medical School: Uniformed Services University
Percentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 15.5%
Allopathic Medical School: Texas Tech University, Lubbock
Percentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 15.5%
Allopathic Medical School: University of New Mexico
Percentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 15.5%
Allopathic Medical School: University of South Dakota
Percentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 15.2%
Allopathic Medical School: Michigan State University
Percentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 13.2%
Allopathic Medical School: University of California, Irvine
Percentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 13.1%
Allopathic Medical School: University of Nevada
Percentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 12.9%
Allopathic Medical School: University of Iowa
Percentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 12.8%
Allopathic Medical School: University of HawaiiPercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 12.5%
Allopathic Medical School: East Tennessee State University
Percentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 12.5%

     

Osteopathic Medical SchoolPercentage of
Graduates Entering
Family Medicine
Osteopathic Medical School: Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 31%
Osteopathic Medical School: Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 26%
Osteopathic Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the PacificPercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 25%
Osteopathic Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern UniversityPercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 24%
Osteopathic Medical School: Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-CaliforniaPercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 24%
Osteopathic Medical School: A.T. Still University - School of Osteopathic Medicine in ArizonaPercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 23%
Osteopathic Medical School: University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth Texas, College of Osteopathic MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 21%
Osteopathic Medical School: William Carey University College of Osteopathic MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 21%
Osteopathic Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 19%
Osteopathic Medical School: University of Pikeville - Kentucky College of Osteopathic MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 18%
Osteopathic Medical School: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, ParkerPercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 17%
Osteopathic Medical School: A.T. Still University - Kirksville College of Osteopathic MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 17%
Osteopathic Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 16%
Osteopathic Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences, College of Osteopathic MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 16%
Osteopathic Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University, Debusk College of Osteopathic MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 16%
Osteopathic Medical School: Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Virginia Campus
Percentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 16%
Osteopathic Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 15%
Osteopathic Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific NorthwestPercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 15%
Osteopathic Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 15%
Osteopathic Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 15%