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Top 10 Most Competitive Residencies (2008)

Posted by medliorator on June 25, 2008

(2010 Match data available here)

(2009 Match data available here)

  • 94.2 percent of U.S. allopathic seniors were matched, the highest match rate in more than thirty years.
  • 51.9 percent of U.S. citizens trained in international medical schools were matched, a slight increase from the 2007 figure of 50.0 percent.
  • The match rate of non-U.S. citizens trained in international medical schools continued to decline, from 48.9 percent in 2006 to 45.5 percent in 2007 and 42.4 percent in 2008.

PGY-1 Rankings:

Rank Specialty Applicants/Position
1. Pediatrics – Primary 15.4
2. Medicine – Preventative Medicine 9.3
3. Medicine – Primary 7.8
4. Radiation Oncology 7.2
5. Dermatology 6.3
6. Emergency Med/Family Med 5.5
7. Medicine – Family Medicine 5.2
8. Radiology – Diagnostic 4.8
9. Pediatrics – Emerg Med 4.4
10. Physical Medicine & Rehab 4.0
11. Medicine – Dermatology 3.8
12. Neurology 3.5
12. Preventative Medicine 3.5
14. Vascular Surgery 3.4
15. Medicine – Psychiatry 3.3
Rank Specialty US Applicants/Position
1. Radiation Oncology 6.7
2. Pediatrics – Primary 5.9
3. Dermatology 5.6
4. Radiology-Diagnostic 4.1
5. Medicine – Family Medicine 3.6
5. Medicine – Dermatology 3.6
7. Pediatrics – Emerg Med 3.3
8. Emergency Med/Family Med 3.0
9. Thoracic Surgery 2.7
10. Transitional Year 2.5
10. Medicine – Primary 2.5
12. Vascular Surgery 2.3
13. Physical Medicine & Rehab 2.0
14. Medicine – Emerg Med 1.9
14. Psychiatry – Family Medicine 1.9
Rank Specialty US Matches / Total Applicants
1. Preventative Medicine 0%
2. Pediatrics – Primary 4%
3. Medicine – Preventative Medicine 5%
4. Medicine – Primary 8%
5. Emergency Med/Family Med 9%
6. Radiation Oncology 12%
7. Dermatology 14%
8. Physical Medicine & Rehab 16%
8. Medicine – Psychiatry 16%
10. Neurology 17%
11. Radiology – Diagnostic 18%
11. Psychiatry – Neurology 18%
13. Medicine – Family Medicine 19%
13. Pediatrics – Emerg Med 19%
15. Pediatrics – Medical Genetics 20%

PGY-2 Rankings:

Rank Specialty Applicants/Position
1. Emergency Medicine 5.5
2. Psychiatry 3.8
3. Nuclear Medicine 3.0
4. Anesthesiology 2.2
5. Dermatology 1.8
6. Neurology 1.8
7. Physical Medicine & Rehab 1.8
8. Radiation Oncology 1.5
9. Radiology – Diagnostic 1.5
10. Preventative Medicine 1.0
11. Urology 0.3
Rank Specialty US Applicants/Position
1. Emergency Medicine 3.7
2. Psychiatry 3.3
3. Anesthesiology 1.5
4. Radiation Oncology 1.3
5. Dermatology 1.2
6. Radiation – Diagnostic 1.0
6. Nuclear Medicine 1.0
8. Neurology 0.8
9. Physical Medicine & Rehab 0.7
10. Preventative Medicine 0.0
10. Urology 0.0
Rank Specialty US Matches / Total Applicants
1. Nuclear Medicine 0%
2. Emergency Medicine 11%
3. Psychiatry 13%
4. Physical Medicine & Rehab 26%
5. Neurology 31%
6. Anesthesiology 36%
7. Dermatology 42%
8. Radiology – Diagnostic 56%
9. Radiation Oncology 57%

Charting Outcomes 2008 (PDF) [NRMP]

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How to Be Impressive

Posted by medliorator on June 25, 2008

Let’s begin with some examples… that generate the “how did he do that!?” response

  • A college student who setup the U.N.’s first youth advisory council and led the effort to write a youth rights constitution adopted by the Arab League.
  • A high school student who was the president of two student clubs and was a member of the varsity tennis team.

the [first]… might be called [a superstar; the latter] might be stuck with the moniker of “grind,” “hardworking,” or, pronounced, no doubt, with a note of disdain: “ambitious.”  …We know students like this. We feel that, with a high enough tolerance for pain, we too could be that busy. It’s hard work. But it’s not mysterious.

What happens, however, when presented with the story of a student who works with the U.N. and drafted a constitution for the Arab League? Our simulation apparatus fails. We don’t know how, exactly, one becomes a player in major international organizations.  The effect of this failed simulation: a sense of novelty and wonder.

The first [example elicits] great admiration not because they are harder working or more talented than the second… but because we cannot simulate the path they took to their achievements.

I can identify three steps that will help you get to this impressiveness sweet spot:

  1. Enter a Closed World and Exceed Expectations. The first step is to get involved as an insider in a world that interests you …In such entry-level, non-full time situations, the people above you will be pleasantly surprised that you are getting things done. You will soon be rewarded for this.
  2. Package Insider Connections. After you’ve proved yourself in this world, you’ll begin to notice interesting opportunities that only an insider, like yourself, would know about. Look for an opportunity to lead a project that would be available only to someone on the inside. Leverage your insider knowledge to its fullest extent.
  3. Escalate. The solo project from (2) will defeat most people’s simulation apparatus as it was built upon connections available only to insiders. In this final step, leverage this effect, and the good job you did your past project, to shake loose an even more un-simulatable project. Repeat this process a few times, with each iteration ramping up to an even more insider-supported, harder to simulate project.

The Art of Activity Innovation: How to Be Impressive Without an Impressive Amount of Work [Study Hacks]

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