Family practice match indicates continued decline in specialty fill rate – Newsletter

Family practice match indicates continued decline in specialty fill rate – Newsletter – Brief Article

Matthew Neff

Results released by the National Resident Matching Program show that the 2003 national fill rate for family practice residency positions was 76.2 percent (2,239 positions filled of 2,940 positions offered), representing a decrease from last year’s 79 percent. The fill-rate percentage for senior medical students in the United States continued to decline from 47.4 percent in 2002 to 42 percent in 2003. Factors that may be influencing this trend include inadequate reimbursement for patient services including those provided to Medicare patients, increasing regulatory burdens, and decreasing federal budgetary support of family medicine training programs. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) conducted major studies from 1998 to 2000 at the University of Arizona, Tucson, to determine the causes of this trend of declining fill rates for family medicine. In 2001, the AAFP created the Future of Family Medicine project to determine the health care and technology needs of patients and to examine ways to provide relevant residency curriculum and up-to-date continuing medical education. For a complete listing of the 2003 National Resident Matching Program results, visit www.aafp.org/match.

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