Thursday, March 22, 2012

Match Results Are In

Last Friday, graduating medical students across the country received their residency match results. For the third straight year, there has been an increase in the number of students matching into family medicine. This year 94.5% of all family medicine spots were filled and the total number of U.S. grads entering the field in 2012 is 1,335. This is an increase in 18 seniors compared to 2011. Family Medicine added 34 new residency positions this year and 35 more total students (U.S. + non-U.S. grads) entered the field compared to 2011.

Although the numbers are increasing, I hope to see further increases in the years to come. The rate of new family doctors is not keeping pace with demand and there needs to be a much larger bump in these numbers in 2013 and the following years in order to effectively serve the population's health needs.

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