http://www.aamc.org/newsroom/reporter/august03/familymedicine.htm " Although student interest in the different specialties has proven to be cyclical, some see this latest decline as reason for concern. AAFP President James C. Martin, M.D., FAAFP, has said that "this continuing decline in the number of future family physicians will be devastating to the health of the American people. Family doctors conduct almost 200 million office visits each year - that's 75 million more visits than any other medical specialty. Family physicians are the backbone of the American health system." "We are going to have much more of a need for family physicians as our ability to screen for disease gets better. With all the genetic tests that are coming out, there is going to be a huge need for primary care practices that cannot just take care of people with the diseases they already have but also screen people for the diseases they might get, and to help them avoid these conditions."