Family medicine residency programs offered 84 more positions in the 2015 NRMP Match (family medicine includes family medicine categorical, plus combined programs: emergency medicine-family medicine, family medicine-preventative medicine, medicine-family medicine, and psychiatry-family medicine) than in 2014 (3,216 vs. 3,132), and filled 60 more positions, for a total of 3,060 students matching to family medicine in the 2015 NRMP Match (vs. 3,000 in 2014). Of those, 1,422 are current seniors in Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)-accredited U.S. schools of medicine (U.S. seniors), an increase of 339 since 2010 but only six over 2014 (1,416).
At this time, information is unavailable for the other six NRMP applicant categories: previous graduates of U.S. MD-granting medical schools, students/graduates of Canadian medical schools, DO-granting medical schools, fifth-pathway programs, U.S. citizen international medical schools, and non-U.S. citizens of international medical schools.
This trend continues a six-year period of increases in the number of family medicine positions offered, positions filled, and positions filled with U.S. seniors in the NRMP Match. It also marks the highest number of positions filled in family medicine in more than 20 years, yet more than 900 fewer matches among U.S. seniors than the peak over the same time frame (2,340 U.S. seniors matched in 1997).
In total, 8.4% of matched U.S. seniors in 2015 were in family medicine, a slight decrease from 2014 (8.6%). Total positions offered in all specialties in the NRMP Match were 26,678, and 16,399 were filled with U.S. seniors.
The overall fill rate for family medicine was 95.1%, similar to 2014 (95.8%). This reflects an overall decreasing gap between positions offered and positions filled in family medicine from the low experienced over the past two decades of 76.2% in 2002 and the implementation of the NRMP Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program™ (SOAP) that was implemented in 2012. The fill rate for U.S. seniors decreased drastically from 1996 (72.6%) to 2005 (40.7%), and has remained below 50% for the past decade.
Family medicine combined programs filled at 100% in 2015, a fairly consistent trend. Psychiatry-family medicine filled 10 positions, all with U.S. seniors; family medicine-preventative medicine filled five positions, all with U.S. seniors; emergency medicine-family medicine filled four positions, one with U.S. a senior; and medicine-family medicine filled two positions, one with a U.S. senior.
Family medicine categorical programs filled 3,039 positions out of 3,195 offered, 1,405 of those with U.S. seniors.
In total, family medicine positions made up 11.7% of the positions offered in the 2015 NRMP Match and 11.6% of the positions filled. Family medicine programs filled with U.S. seniors at a rate of 44.2%.
Family medicine’s growth in total number of positions offered was second only to internal medicine-categorical, which offered 246 more positions this year (247 in 2014), over family medicine-categorical’s 86 additional positions (70 in 2014).