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Fam Med. 2017 Oct;49(9):679-685.

Results of the 2017 National Resident Matching ProgramĀ® and the American Osteopathic Association Intern/Resident Registration Program.

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Medical Education Division, American Academy of Family Physicians.

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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of medicine as a profession is to meet the health needs of people and communities. Despite empirical evidence worldwide that an appropriate foundation of primary care in a health care system leads to improved health outcomes, improved experience of health care, a reduction in health disparities, and lower overall cost of care, publicly available data from National Resident Matching ProgramĀ® (NRMP) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Intern/Resident Registration Program show that PGY-1 family medicine and primary care positions offered in the NRMP Match continue to grow, but are losing ground in comparison to the growth of non-primary care specialties. In ACGME-accredited family medicine programs, DO students have been displacing non-US citizen IMGs while the proportion of US seniors has remained stable over the past decade. The impact of the displacement of non-US citizen IMGs by DO students in ACGME programs is unknown and deserves future research. Continuing trends in the growth of non-primary care specialties should raise great concern that the current primary shortage will be exacerbated, not serving the needs of the population. A major overhaul of the graduate medical education (GME) system is required to align the medical education system with the transformation of the health care system needed to improve quality, population health, and cost control.

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