With the broadest scope of all specialties, family physicians have more office visits and practice in more settings than physicians in any other specialty. For the past 10 years, family medicine has been the most recruited specialty in the United States. See what makes it so appealing.
Watch our webcast: What is Family Medicine?
See a Typical Day as a Family Physician
Discover Family Medicine Career Options
Explore Income & Lifestyle Expectations
Training Requirements for Family Physicians
Family medicine is the most diverse, dynamic, and in-demand medical specialty. A panel of family physicians share their passions and family medicine story. Learn what makes their work so rewarding and get an idea of where you fit in!
Dr. Bechara Choucair shares his amazing story, from residency to serving as the national vaccinations coordinator. He also discusses what's next for family medicine and the role today's medical students will play in shaping the future.
Start your journey toward a career in family medicine. Learn what it takes to get into medical school, and plan for attending and managing medical school debt.
Medical school isn't easy, but the AAFP's study tools and resources can help you along the way.
Deciding on a Specialty
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Plan Your Clerkships & Electives
Global Health Opportunities
Deciding on a Specialty
Finding a Mentor
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Once you approach the end of your medical school education, the next step is matching with a family medicine residency program. Find out more about the Match process, preparing for residency interviews, and finding a residency program that's right for you.
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The cost of medical school is a common source of stress. Access resources that can help you manage educational costs and minimize debt.
Talk Saves Lives, a video program from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, teaches learners how to talk about and prevent suicide.
Watch videos, read articles, and check out tools to help you prevent burnout, care for yourself, and lead change as you grow your career.
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Master family medicine topics and prep for your family med shelf exam with our board review questions, which are free for AAFP members.
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