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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 Select the Best Residency

Posted by medliorator on June 18, 2008

The American Medical Association offers FREIDA, which provides the numbers on each program’s duration, residents, benefits and other factual information.

there are abundant resources available at most university bookstores that can be very helpful with thinking about various important criteria that go into selecting a residency…. At the very least, these books are worth checking out of the library.

Another invaluable resource in emergency medicine residency selection continues to be AAEM’s Rules of the Road for Medical Students.

if one is still feeling “information overload” the AAEM/RSA’s EM Select provides a great way to organize everything

Finally, if one has narrowed down his or her choices to a few programs and wants to get a closer look, most residencies offer “second look” opportunities. These low pressure shifts in the program’s emergency department provide a chance to see how residents and attendings interact, the type of patients seen and give a “snapshot” of life in that ED.

Comparing Apples to Apples: Selecting a Residency Program That is Right for You [Medscape]

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Matching Where you Don’t Want to be

Posted by medliorator on May 19, 2008

Approximately 6% of US graduating medical students do not match at all and have to scramble. …in 2007, 58.6% of US students matched at their first choice.

You are going to a program that wants you to be there. …residencies do not rank students who they do not want working for them. If you have a spot, it means that both you and the program managers agree that you fit in there. …you will be disappointed when you first get the news, which is a normal response because of the amount of time you spent thinking about that list. However, allow that disappointment to be brief, because residency is challenging by design and you will need positive energy.

Keep in mind that almost half of the applicants do not get their first choice.

What If I Match a Residency Program I Don’t Want? [Medscape]

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