FAMILY MEDICINE

Welcome to the Department of Family Medicine Resource Page. This online repository houses relevant resources and contact information for students seeking career advice. We encourage you to review the career-related materials provided (e.g. Specialty Webinar, Interview Questions, Research, etc.) as you seek support in your journey through medical school. If you have further questions that are not addressed on this page, please feel free to contact a Specialty Faculty Mentor for further guidance.

MATCH PREPARATION AND CHARTING OUTCOMES

You are more than your Step Scores!  Use this NRMP page to explain HERE  and to interactively explore your specialty of interest,  based on your own experiences, educational attainment, and scholarship HERE.

International students should have rotations in the United States. We encourage rotation in Family Medicine.

Research in medical school is encouraged but not required. Poster presentations and publications are also encouraged.

Number of letters recommended – 3

Chair’s letter/SLOE/special letter required? No. Chairman letter not required

Number of letters from within specialty? At least 1

Number of letters from away rotations/institutions? Variable

Do you require the MSPE before offering interviews? No

We recommend your Personal statement to include

1) Your reason for choosing Family Medicine as a specialty.

2) Your engagement in community service.

3) What are you looking for in a program?

When do programs in your specialty generally begin reviewing applications? September

When do programs in your specialty begin offering interviews? September before MSPE release

When does your program generally offer interviews? September

Do you require the MSPE before offering interviews? No

You should research the program before the interview. During the interview you should have time to speak with current residents.  Always have pertinent questions to ask. Have ideas of what a future practice situation may be like.

A thank you note is always appreciated if the student honestly liked the program.

  1. The NRMP publishes a survey of Applicants each year. This report presents the results of selected items from the 2019 NRMP Applicant Survey. The report documents factors that applicants weigh in selecting programs (1) at which to interview and (2) to rank in the Main Residency Match. It can be found HERE.
  2. The NRMP Publishes a survey of Residency Program Directors. This report examines the factors program directors use to select applicants to interview and rank. Data are reported for 22 specialties and the transitional year in the Main Residency Match. It can be found HERE.
  3. Looking for residency programs?  The AAMC interactive, Careers in Medicine Website is where you should be! LINK
  4. Having difficulty deciphering this information?  Contact your Student Affairs Career Advisor on your campus!!!

MATCH PREPARATION AND CHARTING OUTCOMES

You are more than your Step Scores!  Use this NRMP page to explain HERE  and to interactively explore your specialty of interest,  based on your own experiences, educational attainment, and scholarship HERE.

Away rotations are helpful for both applicants and programs. A good performance on an away rotation often elevates a student’s application at that program.

Research/QI project required for graduation

Other research/QI/community development projects ongoing in department, residents encouraged to participate

Number of letters recommended – 3

Chair’s letter/SLOE/special letter required? No, chair letter not required. Recommend at least one letter from Family Medicine rotation.

Number of letters from within specialty? 1-3

Number of letters from away rotations/institutions? No minimum requirement

Do you require the MSPE before offering interviews? No (MSPE not available early in interview season)

Strong letters of recommendation highlight the student’s pursuit of and aptitude for a career in family medicine.

Strong personal statements clearly demonstrate a student’s commitment to family medicine, while brining to light unique aspects of the student’s background, experiences, and interests. Conversely, a personal statement containing subpar grammar and repetitive content leave a negative impression of an applicant.

When do programs in your specialty generally begin reviewing applications? September

When do programs in your specialty begin offering interviews? September before MSPE release

When does your program generally offer interviews? October – early January

Do you require the MSPE before offering interviews? No

Students should strive to have USMLE Step 1 and 2 testing accomplished, and ERAS applications submitted, as soon as possible (keeping in mind that application review begins in September).

We expect applicants on interview day to understand well their motivation for pursuing family medicine and their broad goals for a career in family medicine. They should also be ready to engage in discussion about a broad range of topics.

We do not expect any specific communication after interview day, but encourage applicants to contact us with questions.

  1. The NRMP publishes a survey of Applicants each year. This report presents the results of selected items from the 2019 NRMP Applicant Survey. The report documents factors that applicants weigh in selecting programs (1) at which to interview and (2) to rank in the Main Residency Match. It can be found HERE.
  2. The NRMP Publishes a survey of Residency Program Directors. This report examines the factors program directors use to select applicants to interview and rank. Data are reported for 22 specialties and the transitional year in the Main Residency Match. It can be found HERE.
  3. Looking for residency programs?  The AAMC interactive, Careers in Medicine Website is where you should be! LINK
  4. Having difficulty deciphering this information?  Contact your Student Affairs Career Advisor on your campus!!!

SPECIALTY FACULTY LIAISONS

Rockford

Joseph Ross, MD

[email protected]

Peoria

Craig Griebel,MD

[email protected]

Chicago

Sagina Hanjrah, MD

[email protected]

Specialty Webinars