Match Day 2017
News Release: Continued Uptick in Students Choosing Family Medicine Welcome, But More Growth Needed to Fill the Primary Care Physician Pipeline
Interest in family medicine continued its upward trend for the eighth consecutive year, but at a slower pace, according to the 2017 National Residency Matching Program results released today.
Infographic: Family Medicine Positions Offered and Filled in March 2007 - 2017(567 KB PDF)(73 KB PDF)
The continuing upward trend in student choice is encouraging. However, physician workforce projections indicate we really need to see a spike in students choosing family medicine if that foundation is going to be strong.
Graduates of Teaching Health Centers Are More Likely to Enter Practice in the Primary Care Safety Net(www.graham-center.org).
Nearly twice as many primary care medicine residents who trained in teaching health centers went on to practice in underserved settings as did their counterparts who trained in hospital-based programs.
Teaching Health Centers: A Promising Approach for Building Primary Care Workforce for the 21st Century(publichealth.gwu.edu) One of the most innovative alternatives—the Teaching Health Centers (THC) model—began development and testing in 2011, but is now jeopardized by the loss of federal funding. Teaching health centers are succeeding. Demand for residency positions is strong and graduates practice primary care in underserved communities.
Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Locations Predominantly Located in Federally Designated Underserved Areas(www.jgme.org) Teaching health centers are shown to attract medical student interest to primary care, increase the number of primary care physicians and addresses the need for primary care physicians in underserved areas. “It a time when the nation is searching for ways to improve graduate medical education, it is premature to cut off one of the most promising alternatives seen in decades,” the researchers conclude.
Teaching Health Center GME Funding Instability Threatens Program Viability Without continued federal funding, most of these THCs report that they would be unlikely to continue current residency recruitment and enrollment, threatening the initial program investments and even the viability of the program itself, according to research.
Faculty, residents and patients at teaching health centers in the Greater Lawrence, Massachusetts, Family Health Center and the UAMS Family Medical Center in Fort Smith, Arkansas, discuss the impact of the residency programs have on a comprehensive primary care education and access to care in underserved areas.