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Family Medicine

Pathway Director

JulieAnne Hlavac, M.D. Office #
jh324@drexel.edu (215) 482-1095
Ashley Scott  

Drexel Fourth Year Discipline Based Pathway System

Pathway Director's Advice On Commonly Asked Questions

How important is it for a student to have completed some type of research to match in this specialty? When should the research be done? Does it have to be specialty specific?

Research is not essential to match in Family Medicine.

What can students do in the 1st and 2nd years to explore and/or prepare for this career?

First and second year medical students interest in family medicine should join the Fmaily Medicine Interest group.

Are research opportunities available in your department?

Research opportunities may be available in our department. Contact the pathway advisor.

Are shadowing opportunities available?

No - we do not offer shadowing opportunities.

Are away rotations essential to a successful match in your specialty?

Away rotations are encourages but not essential to successfully match in Family Medicine. Several students choose to do "audition rotations" at residency programs they may be intested in.

What career opportunities exist after training?

Several fellowships are offered after Family Medicine residency. A few Geriatrics, Sports Medicine, Obstetrics, and Faculty Development. Job opportunities include, but are not limited to, private practice, academic practice, urgent care, emergency department, and hospitalist.

How would you describe the career-life balance for this specialty?

Family Medicine as a specialty offers the ability to tailor your schedule to achieve a desirable work-life balance.

What resources (eg: websites, books, professional groups) would you recommend for students interested in learning more about this field?


PA Medical Society - Molly Talley - Director of Resident and Student Initiatives (mtalley@pafp.com)

What are the most important qualities or character traits for a person in this field?

Those entering Family Medicine need to have a broad depth of medical knowledge and the desire to enter into a lifelong relationship with their patients and their families.

Any other advice you wish to share?

The FMEC (Family Medicine Education Consortium, www.fmec.net) is a good place for students to learn about Family Medicine residency programs in the region. The AAFP (American Academy of Family Physicians, www.aafp.org). National Conference held yearly in Kansas City in July is a good place for students to learn more about Family Medicine as a specialty and also about residency programs across the country.

Go to the Drexel Careers Development Center for information on residency planning, match results, FREIDA (lists of residency training programs across the country) and more.

Drexel and Clinical Site Residency Programs

Drexel Medical Student Interest Group

Family Medicine Interest Group: FamilymedDUCOM@gmail.com

Specialty Description

A family physician provides continuing, comprehensive health care for the individual and family. Family Medicine is a specialty in breadth that integrates the biological, clinical and behavioral sciences. The scope of family medicine encompasses all ages, both sexes, each organ system and every disease entity. The family physician is concerned with the total health care of the individual and the family and is trained to diagnose and treat a wide variety of ailments in patients of all ages. Special emphasis is placed on the primary care of families, utilizing consultants, and community resources when appropriate.

Time Requirement

The residency training for family practice is three years. An additional year of training is required to be certified in a subspecialty.


National Organizations

The national specialty organizations can provide medical students with excellent resources as well as updates on current activities within the field, conferences, and on-going research opportunities and research funding.


Residency Application and Match Info*

    National Statistic DUCoM
  Average Application Count by Specialty (2017)** 30 39.4
  Mean Number of programs ranked in matched specialty (2014-2016)*** 10.6 11.2
  Application Services ERAS  
  Matching Program

Drexel Match Data --2014 - 2015 - 2016 - 2017 - 2018

*The number of applications and programs ranked will vary based on many factors. Students should seek advice from their Pathway Advisor and/or their Student Affairs Career Advisor in conjunction with the data above.
**Data drawn from ERAS data
*** Data drawn from NRMP Characterstics of Matched Seniors

AAMC - Careers in Medicine

General Information:Careers in Medicine
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Specialty Specific Opportunities

For external research, volunteering, educational, and other opportunities check the Career Advising Website pages on Research and Community, Educational, and Externship Opportunities. Most of these opportunities are summer programs however some are available throughout the year.