Medical Schools for Family Medicine

The United States doesn't have enough primary care physicians to meet the health care needs of its people, and the problem is getting worse: research projects a shortage of more than 33,000 physicians by 2035. The Council on Graduate Medical Education(www.hrsa.gov), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation(www.rwjf.org), the Pew Health(www.pewtrusts.org) Professions Commission, and others have called for a U.S. physician workforce that is 40% primary care. With a growing and aging population, it is critical that U.S. medical schools train a physician workforce that meets the health care needs of every American.

Attributes of Strong 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
  • Financial support that minimizes the impact of student debt
  • Education and opportunities for students to understand the importance of family medicine and the professional satisfaction the specialty brings

Medical Schools Making a Difference

The tables below show the 20 U.S. allopathic medical schools and 20 osteopathic medical schools that have achieved the greatest percentage of graduates going into family medicine residencies, based on a three-year average (i.e., students who graduated in 2015, 2016, and 2017). These schools are helping grow the primary care workforce and meet the health care needs of the country.

Find complete rankings of all allopathic and osteopathic schools here(journals.stfm.org).

Lists of the Top 20 Allopathic and Osteopathic Medical Schools

Allopathic Medical SchoolPercentage of
Graduates Entering
Family Medicine (2015-2017)
Allopathic Medical School: University of New Mexico
Percentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 22.4
Allopathic Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical SchoolPercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 19.3
Allopathic Medical School: University of South Dakota Sanford School of MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 19.3
Allopathic Medical School: University of Kansas
Percentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 18.8
Allopathic Medical School: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 18.6
Allopathic Medical School: University of Kansas School of MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 18.4
Allopathic Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 17.5
Allopathic Medical School: University of Nebraska College of MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 17.1
Allopathic Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 16.9
Allopathic Medical School: University of California Davis School of MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 16.9
Allopathic Medical School: University of Washington School of MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 16.6
Allopathic Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University School of MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 16.5
Allopathic Medical School: Meharry Medical College School of MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 16.3
Allopathic Medical School: Loma Linda University School of MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 15.9
Allopathic Medical School: University of Nevada School of MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 15.8
Allopathic Medical School: Florida State University College of MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 15.7
Allopathic Medical School: University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health SciencesPercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 15.5
Allopathic Medical School: Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 15.5
Allopathic Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public HealthPercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 14.8
Allopathic Medical School: Howard University College of MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 14.7

     

Osteopathic Medical SchoolPercentage of
Graduates Entering
Family Medicine (2015-2017)
Osteopathic Medical School: Western Univ. of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the PacificPercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 28.1
Osteopathic Medical School: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine Percentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 27.5
Osteopathic Medical School: Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-CaliforniaPercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 27.4
Osteopathic Medical School: A.T. Still University-School of Osteopathic Medicine in ArizonaPercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 26.0
Osteopathic Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern UniversityPercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 24.6
Osteopathic Medical School: William Carey University College of Osteopathic MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 24.0
Osteopathic Medical School: Pacific Northwest Univ. of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 23.6
Osteopathic Medical School: University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 22.7
Osteopathic Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia CampusPercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 22.4
Osteopathic Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 22.3
Osteopathic Medical School: A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 21.0
Osteopathic Medical School: University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 19.6
Osteopathic Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 19.4
Osteopathic Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 18.6
Osteopathic Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas CampusPercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 18.3
Osteopathic Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific NorthwestPercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 18.2
Osteopathic Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 17.9
Osteopathic Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 17.9
Osteopathic Medical School: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 17.6
Osteopathic Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic MedicinePercentage of Graduates Entering Family Medicine (2015-2017): 17.3