Match Day 2018: More Students Match Into Family Medicine While Specialty Eyes New Workforce Goals

News Release: Continued Uptick in Students Choosing Family Medicine Welcome, But More Growth Needed to Fill the Primary Care Physician Pipeline
The upward trend in students matching into family medicine continued for the ninth consecutive year with 2018 data showing more students matched into family medicine than in any year previously recorded, according to the National Residency Matching Program® Main Residency Match results released today.

AAFP Analysis: 2018 Match® Results for Family Medicine
The American Academy of Family Physicians’ (AAFP’s) brief analysis of the family medicine results of the annual National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Main Residency Match® (NRMP Match) provides a snapshot of a major input into the primary care workforce pipeline.

AAFP News: Family Medicine Recruits Reach New High in 2018 NRMP Match
The results are in for the 2018 National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Main Residency Match, and this year's numbers highlight some significant accomplishments for family medicine.

Annals of Family Medicine: Estimating the Residency Expansion Required to Avoid Projected Primary Care Physician Shortages by 2035(
More than 44,000 primary care physicians will be needed by 2035. Current primary care production rates will be unable to meet demand, resulting in a shortage in excess of 33,000 primary care physicians.

Annals of Family Medicine: A Shared Aim for Student Choice of Family Medicine: An Update from ADFM and Family Medicine for America's Health(
Recently, through the Family Medicine for America’s Health (FMAHealth) Workforce team, 8 family medicine organizations endorsed a “shared aim” to: increase the percentage of US senior allopathic and osteopathic medical students choosing family medicine from 12% to 25% by 2030. Twenty-five percent is a stretch goal aligning current efforts and resources with the ultimate primary care workforce goal of 40%.

Graph: Family Medicine Positions Offered and Filled in March 2008 - 2018(3 MB PDF)
This year, the total number of NRMP Match participants matching into family medicine was 3,535, up 298 from the 3,237 in 2017. This increase marks the ninth year in a row more students have chosen family medicine through the NRMP Match, with 2018 data showing more students matched into family medicine than in any year previously recorded.

Graph: Current Rates of Student Choice in Family Medicine Compared with Goal Level(3 MB PDF)
Eight family medicine organizations have a shared goal to increase the percentage of U.S. allopathic and osteopathic medical graduates choosing family medicine from the current estimated 12 percent to 25 percent by 2030. The goal, known as 25 by 30, is part of a larger effort to capture 40 percent of the primary care workforce to address the predicted shortage of 44,000 primary care physicians by 2035.