Internists work with adults and Pediatricians work with children. Family physicians work with both these age groups to provide quality care and address a range of symptoms and illnesses. In this position, family physicians can work with a single patient over the course of their life. The bond formed during this time can help them to learn valuable information about the patient. Such insight can help physicians to determine the course of care they provide and what considerations must be made when weighing the options.

For more information on Family Medicine and how it differs from internal medicine click here.


Medical Graduates interested in becoming Family physicians will need to complete a three-year stint in residency. A large portion of these years training will be spent in the outpatient setting.

During 2019, 4,107 residency positions in Family Medicine were offered. Of these, 3,827, positions were filled. International medical students attributed to 1,113 of family medicine spots or, just under thirty percent. Family medicine is the second most popular medical specialty for international medical students looking to be matched.

Additional data on the 2019 Main Residency Match can be found here.

Practicing as a Physician

Currently, there are more than 100,000 practicing family physicians in the U.S. Despite the countries’ population growth, this number has remained relatively steady in the last few years. Fewer and fewer medical students and graduates are interested in pursuing the specialty as it has been somewhat less interesting than other options and the average salary, which is $225,000, is less than that of other medical specialties.

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