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Less Than Half of Family Med Residents From LCME Schools

Less Than Half of Family Med Residents From LCME Schools

Second study shows modest increase in fill rate of family medicine residency programs

FRIDAY, Oct. 25 (HealthDay News) -- Less than half of medical students entering family medicine residencies are from Liaison Committee of Medical Education (LCME)-accredited medical schools, and there has been a modest increase in the number of family medicine residency programs and the number of positions filled, according to two studies published in the October issue of Family Medicine.

Wendy S. Biggs, M.D., from the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, and colleagues used data from the 2013 American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Residency Census to analyze the U.S. medical school origin of family medicine residents. The researchers found that, of the 3,523 first-year residents who entered Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-accredited family medicine residences, 46 percent were from LCME-accredited medical schools. Compared with private medical schools, public M.D.-granting medical schools graduated almost three times more students into family medicine residencies.

In a second study, Biggs and colleagues used data from the 2013 National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Main Residency Match and the 2013 AAFP Medical Education Residency Census to examine the percentage of U.S. medical school seniors who enter family medicine residency programs. The researchers found that there was a modest increase in family medicine residency programs, as well as an increase in the number of positions filled with U.S. seniors through the NRMP in 2013 versus 2012. In 2013 there were also modest increases in other primary care fields.

"To meet the nation's primary care needs, medical schools must increase efforts to matriculate and support medical students interested in primary care," Biggs and colleagues write in the second study.

Full Text - Study 1 (http://www.stfm.org/fmhub/fm2013/October/Wendy642.pdf )Full Text - Study 2 (http://www.stfm.org/fmhub/fm2013/October/Wendy647.pdf )