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Family Medicine

CNUCOM Career Advising for Medical Specialties: Family Medicine

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National Organizations:

American Academy of Family Physicians

Minimal Training Durations:

3 years of residency

Subspecialty Fellowships: 1 Year


Competitiveness: low

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Specialty Overview: 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.


·         Geriatric Medicine          1 year

·         Sports Medicine 1 year




Recommended Electives Outside this specialty:

Students should do any electives that will help them feel prepared for an internship in family medicine. Some electives that are popular include radiology, sports medicine, cardiology, and dermatology. Many students also pursue electives that will help them prepare for a particular interest within FM training (for example, OB/GYN, psych, pain).




Training Requirements: Training consists of a minimum of three years of postgraduate education in a ACGME-accredited training program. There were 480 family medicine residency programs accredited by the ACGME for 2014/15 that offered 3,195 categorical positions.


For subspecialty fellowships, applicants must have completed a residency. The fellowships are over one year in length


Results and Data of 2016 Main Residency Match

Mean USMLE Step 1 Score: 221

Mean USMLE Step 2 CK Score: 237

Mean # of Programs Applied to in this specialty: 29.8

Number of Programs: 501

Number of Positions Available: 3238

Total Number of Applicants: 6117

Total Number of Matched: 3083




Critical References:



California Northstate University College of Medicine ♦ 9700 West Taron Drive ♦ Elk Grove, CA 95757 ♦ Phone: (916) 686-7300