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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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