Match Day 2019: Decade of Growth Fuels Future of Primary Care

News Release: It’s a Match: Family Medicine Celebrates a Decade of Growth in the Specialty
Today marks 10 years in a row of growth of students matching into family medicine, according to the National Residency Matching Program® Main Residency Match results released Friday. To rival this decade of growth, the specialty celebrates the seventh year in a row for a new all-time record of students matching into family medicine. 

AAFP Analysis: 2019 Match® Results for Family Medicine
The American Academy of Family Physicians’ brief analysis of the family medicine results of the annual National Resident Matching Program Main Residency Match® provides a snapshot of a major input into the primary care workforce pipeline.

AAFP News: 2019 NRMP Match Marks Decade of Growth for Family Medicine
There's some big news following the release today of results from 2019 National Resident Matching Program Main Residency Match. Shout this from the rooftops: 2019 marks a full decade of year-over-year growth for family medicine.  

“Public health is dependent upon a strong foundation of primary care.

Family medicine is a strong indicator of the future primary care workforce because family medicine residency graduates go on to practice primary care at a much higher rate (90%+) than other primary care specialties, according to Council on Graduate Medical Education(www.hrsa.gov)." - Dr. John Cullen, AAFP President

Graph: Family Medicine Positions Offered and Filled in March 2009 - 2019(43 KB PDF)
This year, the total number of NRMP Match participants matching into family medicine was 3,848, up 313 from the 3,535 in 2018. This increase marks the 10th year in a row more students have chosen family medicine through the NRMP Match, with 2019 data showing more students matched into family medicine than in any year previously recorded.

[10-Year Match Data]

AAFP America Needs More Family Doctors: 25x2030: 
The AAFP and seven other national and international family medicine organizations envision a future in which one in four U.S. medical students pursues a career in family medicine.

[match day 2019 25 by 2030 infographic]

Peer-reviewed journal publications
Family Medicine:
Collaborating to Achieve the Optimal Family Medicine Workforce(journals.stfm.org)
When the Family Medicine for America’s Health Workforce Education and Development Tactic Team began its work in December 2014, one of its charges from the FMAHealth Board was to increase family physician production to achieve the diverse primary care workforce the United States needs. The WEDTT created a multilevel interfunctional team to work on this priority initiative that included a focus on student, resident, and early-career physician involvement and leadership development. One major outcome was the adoption of a shared aim, known as 25 x 2030. 

Annals of Family Medicine:
Estimating the Residency Expansion Required to Avoid Projected Primary Care Physician Shortages by 2035(www.annfammed.org)
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.

A Shared Aim for Student Choice of Family Medicine: An Update from ADFM and Family Medicine for America's Health(www.annfammed.org)
Recently, through the Family Medicine for America’s Health 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%.