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(www.hrsa.gov), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation(www.rwjf.org), the Pew Health(www.pewtrusts.org) 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 2014, 2015, and 2016). These schools are helping grow the primary care workforce and meet the health care needs of the country.

Find complete rankings of all allopathic and osteopathic schools based only on the the most recent year's data in a peer-reviewed article written by AAFP staff.(www.stfm.org)

Lists of the Top 20 Allopathic and Osteopathic Medical Schools, 2017 
 

Allopathic Medical SchoolPercentage of
Graduates Entering
Family Medicine
Allopathic Medical School: University of New Mexico
Percentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 20.7%
Allopathic Medical School: East Carolina UniversityPercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 19.6%
Allopathic Medical School: University of Minnesota
Percentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 18.9%
Allopathic Medical School: University of Kansas
Percentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 18.9%
Allopathic Medical School: University of South Carolina, GreenvillePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 18.4%
Allopathic Medical School: University of ArkansasPercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 18.1%
Allopathic Medical School: University of South Dakota
Percentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 17.8%
Allopathic Medical School: Texas Tech University, LubbockPercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 17.7%
Allopathic Medical School: University of Nevada
Percentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 17.7%
Allopathic Medical School: Oregon Health & Sciences University
Percentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 17.0%
Allopathic Medical School: University of North Dakota
Percentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 16.4%
Allopathic Medical School: University of Washington
Percentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 16.3%
Allopathic Medical School: University of OklahomaPercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 16.2%
Allopathic Medical School: Uniformed Services University
Percentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 15.7%
Allopathic Medical School: Michigan State University
Percentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 15.2%
Allopathic Medical School: Florida State University
Percentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 15.2%
Allopathic Medical School: Loma Linda University
Percentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 14.9%
Allopathic Medical School: University of Iowa
Percentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 14.9%
Allopathic Medical School: University of NebraskaPercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 13.9%
Allopathic Medical School: Meharry Medical CollegePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 13.8%

     

Osteopathic Medical SchoolPercentage of
Graduates Entering
Family Medicine
Osteopathic Medical School: Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 28.0%
Osteopathic Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, PomonaPercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 23.4%
Osteopathic Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern University, Downers GrovePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 23.1%
Osteopathic Medical School: Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, VallejoPercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 23.0%
Osteopathic Medical School: University of North Texas Health Science Center, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort WorthPercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 21.7%
Osteopathic Medical School: Pacific Northwest University College of Osteopathic Medicine, YakimaPercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 21.6%
Osteopathic Medical School: A.T. Still University - School of Osteopathic Medicine in ArizonaPercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 20.7%
Osteopathic Medical School: William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, HattiesburgPercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 20.2%
Osteopathic Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, EriePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 17.6%
Osteopathic Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, East LansingPercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 17.2%
Osteopathic Medical School: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, ParkerPercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 16.6%
Osteopathic Medical School: University of Pikeville - Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, PikevillePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 15.9%
Osteopathic Medical School: A.T. Still University - Kirksville College of Osteopathic MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 15.5%
Osteopathic Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 15.2%
Osteopathic Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, PhiladelphiaPercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 15.0%
Osteopathic Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University, Debusk College of Osteopathic MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 14.6%
Osteopathic Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Northwest, LebanonPercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 14.5%
Osteopathic Medical School: Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Carolinas Campus
Percentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 14.1%
Osteopathic Medical School: Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Virginia CampusPercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 13.8%
Osteopathic Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, BiddefordPercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine: 13.5%