More med school graduates seeking family medicine residencies

May 13, 2010

A third of Canadian medical school graduates have chosen family medicine for their residences. Of the 2,438 medical students who participated in the 2010 residency match, 1,388 applied for family medicine in the first iteration. These numbers are more encouraging than the match results of 2003, when just 24% of Canadian medical students made family medicine their first residency choice. The increase in popularity of family medicine in recent years has been attributed to several factors, including an increase in pay for family physicians, increase provincial investment in the creation of primary care teams, and efforts by medical schools to increase interest in family medicine. CMAJ News