3/18/2013

The number of medical students choosing family medicine as their specialty increased for the fourth consecutive year, according to data from the 2013 National Resident Matching Program, with 2,938 residency positions filled out of 3,062 offered. Overall, the number of medical students opting for primary care reached 7,328 this year, an increase of nearly 400, while the number of primary care matches also rose because of an increased number of residency positions available. AAFP President Jeff Cain, M.D., said the data represent a "call to action moment" and show primary care is a solution to the country's health care challenges.

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