Family medicine physicians are trained to prevent, diagnose and treat a wide variety of ailments in patients of all ages. Although the scope and practice of family medicine is broad, it is a precise discipline, integrating a unique blend of biomedical, behavioral and social sciences. Family medicine focuses on care within the context of the family on a continuing basis. Family physicians employ a diverse range of cognitive and procedural skills and coordinate care with other specialists when necessary. They receive training in surgery, psychiatry, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and geriatrics.
Training consists of a minimum of three years of postgraduate education in a ACGME-accredited training program. There are 457 family practice residency programs accredited by the ACGME for 2012/2013 offering over 2,700 categorical positions available to U.S. seniors.
Family medicine residency training programs participate in the NRMP. Match results through the NRMP and competitiveness information for family practice residency training positions are summarized in the US Match Statistics table below.
|US Match Statistics||2013||2012||2011||2010|
|# Categorical/ Advanced positions available for U.S. Seniors||3037||2740||2708||2608|
|% U.S. Seniors matched*||97||98||98||97|
|# Unfilled Categorical/ Advanced Positions||123||149||153||224|
|# Unmatched U.S. seniors||59||22||29||27|
Source: NRMP *Competitiveness is based on the percentage of U.S. seniors who match in each specialty.
Subspecialty/fellowship training following completion of a family medicine residency training program is available in geriatric medicine and sports medicine. Detailed information about the scope of these subspecialty training programs, number of positions offered and length of training is available in the GMED. Further information can be obtained from the American Medical Association and the Fellowship and Residency Electronic Interactive Database Access page.
American Medical Association (AMA)
FREIDA physician workforce information for each specialty includes statistical information on the number of positions/programs for residency training, resident work hours, resident work environment and compensation, employment status upon completion of program and work environment for those entering practice in each specialty.
3 years of residency
Categorical and advanced positions available
These are minimum requirements. Some programs may have longer residencies.
|Geriatric Medicine||1 year|
|Sports Medicine||1 year|
|Median, Academic Salary||$184,000|
|Median, Clinical Salary||$200,000|