Top Ten Awards: Medical Schools for Family Medicine

Medical Schools Making a Difference in Family Medicine

AAFP 2015 Top Ten Award is presented to representatives from the University of Minnesota

AAFP President, Dr. Robert Wergin, presents a 2015 Top Ten Award to representatives from the family medicine program of the University of Minnesota

The American Academy of Family Physicians annually recognizes 10 U.S. allopathic medical schools that have achieved the greatest percentage of medical school graduates going to family medicine residencies in the U.S.The percentage is based on a three-year rolling average of medical students matriculating to family medicine residencies, and therefore is based on the current academic year's incoming residents.

The 2015 results are based on family medicine matriculation rates for students who graduated in 2012, 2013, and 2014, and because of a tie, 11 schools earned the award.

Attributes of Top 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, and
  • Financial support that minimizes the impact of student debt

As the importance of family medicine continues to escalate, it is crucial for U.S. medical schools to provide education and opportunities for students to understand the importance of family medicine and the professional satisfaction the specialty brings.

2015 Top Ten Awards

Medical SchoolPercent of Graduates Entering Family Medicine
Medical School: University of North Dakota
Percent of Graduates Entering Family Medicine:

20.8%

Medical School: University of KansasPercent of Graduates Entering Family Medicine:

19.7%

Medical School: University of Minnesota
Percent of Graduates Entering Family Medicine:

18.8%

Medical School: East Carolina University
Percent of Graduates Entering Family Medicine:

18.5%

Medical School: University of Washington
Percent of Graduates Entering Family Medicine:

17.6%

Medical School: Oregon Health and Science University
Percent of Graduates Entering Family Medicine:

16.9%

Medical School: Florida State University
Percent of Graduates Entering Family Medicine:

16.2%

Medical School: University of Missouri - Columbia
Percent of Graduates Entering Family Medicine:

16%

Medical School: University of Wisconsin
Percent of Graduates Entering Family Medicine:

15.9%

Medical School: University of California, Irvine
Percent of Graduates Entering Family Medicine:

15.8%

Medical School: University of New MexicoPercent of Graduates Entering Family Medicine:

15.8%