Family Medicine Achieved Record Highs in 2021 Match

March 26, 2021—March 19 was the culmination of the year-long 2021 virtual Match process for medical school seniors and graduates, which earned the title of the largest National Resident Matching Program Main Residency Match ever. A total of 42,508 applicants vied for 38,106 positions at a record-high 5,9015 programs.

The family medicine specialty also achieved record highs in this year's Match. More family medicine residency programs than ever matched the most students and graduates (4,493) in the specialty’s history, marking 12 years of growth in overall positions offered and filled for family medicine in the Main Residency Match.

Nationwide, 1 in 8 U.S. medical students and graduates enter family medicine residencies each year. American Academy of Family Physicians has set a national goal of 25% of U.S. allopathic and osteopathic seniors and graduates choosing family medicine by 2025 to ensure primary care needs in the U.S. are met.

Click here for AAFP’s in-depth analysis of the 2021 Match results for family medicine.

Below is a recap of how medical schools in Michigan fared in the Match.

Central Michigan University College of Medicine

  • 61% of 90 students matched to primary care residencies
  • 47% matched within the state of Michigan
  • 10% (9) matched to family medicine

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

  • 97% of the college’s 182 medical students secured residency placements
  • 40.3% (73) of the seniors will remain in Michigan for residency
  • 41% matched into a primary care specialty (family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, medicine/pediatrics)
  • 11% (20) matched to family medicine

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • 98% of 279 graduating seniors matched
  • 80% of students who matched will be staying in Michigan for residency
  • 42% matched to a primary care specialty
  • 20% matched to family medicine

Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

  • Of the 116 students who matched, 36% will stay in Michigan and 44% will enter residencies in primary care
  • Family medicine was the top specialty that students matched to, garnering a 19% match rate

University of Michigan Medical School

  • 98% of UM’s graduating seniors matched
  • 32.9% will stay in Michigan
  • Family medicine was the fourth chosen specialty, behind OB/GYN, anesthesiology, and internal medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

  • 99% of the school’s 280 students in the class of 2021 matched
  • Family medicine was the second most chosen specialty, behind internal medicine
  • 55% matched to residencies in Michigan
  • 44% matched to family medicine

Western Michigan University M.D. School of Medicine

  • 99% (73) of the school’s fourth MD class matched to a specialty
  • 18 will remain in Michigan for residency
  • 34 students are entering a primary care specialty, 1 in family medicine