In a crowded Match field—some 700 family medicine residencies await U.S. students—communicating the quality of your faculty, facilities, curriculum, and culture is vital to your recruiting success. How can you tell your institution's story and stand out among the competition? The AAFP offers resources that will help put you in front of future talented family physicians.
The AAFP and others strongly encourage programs to consider a virtual interview process for the 2021-2022 Match season. Read the July 2021 statement outlining the family medicine position on conducting equitable and safe interviews.
There are nearly 200 family medicine interest groups across the country. Get involved with FMIGs in your community or region by reaching out to faculty and FMIG leaders locally. Make connections with students by hosting lectures and clinical skills events in partnership with the FMIG.
You can help students make informed decisions about where they apply and interview by keeping your information up to date in the AAFP's residency directory. It allows programs to self-define their characteristics, and it’s available to students in the AAFP app, as well as on the website.
Be ready to recruit in any setting, whether it’s an in-person dinner, a casual conference happy hour, or a virtual meeting with potential applicants. Remember that your current residents are among the best advertisements for your program. Have answers to students’ basic questions ready and know how to communicate your program’s unique values and training aspects.