By Riley Stanton, CAFP Communications and Marketing Intern
There’s big news following 2019 Match Day. For the seventh consecutive year, family medicine set record highs for the number of students matched to the specialty.1
Of the 169 University of Colorado School of Medicine students who matched through the National Resident Matching Program Main Residency Match (NRMP Match), roughly 15% did so in family medicine. Over a third of students in the Rural Track matched to family medicine residency positions, while making up just 10% of the graduating class. The rural track at CU School of Medicine is certainly a crucial resource for the future of family medicine in Colorado.
Additionally, in February, the final American Osteopathic Association Intern/Resident Registration Program (AOA Match) filled 4,152 family medicine positions across the nation. The Osteopathic school in Colorado, Rocky Vista University, had 36 students (roughly 25% of the graduating class) match into family medicine. Between 2015 and 2017 17.6% of RVU graduates matched into family medicine, landing RVU in the top 20 percentile of US schools who produce Family Medicine doctors.2
These figures are important because the United States needs more family physicians to improve quality of care and lower costs. Currently 1 in 8 medical graduates enter family medicine each year. The goal of AAFP is to increase this to 1 in 4 graduates by 2030, with a special focus on students who are underrepresented in medicine.1
- Porter S. 2019 NRMP Match Marks Decade of Growth for Family Medicine. In. AAFP News: AAFP; 2019.
- Phillips JP, Wendling A, Bentley A, Marsee R, Morley CP. Trends in US Medical School Contributions to the Family Physician Workforce: 2018 Update From the American Academy of Family Physicians. Fam Med. 2019;51(3):241-250.