How medical specialties select residents



The National Residence Matching program (NRMP) conducted in 2008 a survey of programs directors, with the purpose of knowing the factors that they use for ranking  applicants for the residence match.


Specialties included in the survey were Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Diagnostic Radiology,  emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Orthopedic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Pathology-anatomic and Clinical,  Pediatrics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Plastic Surgery, Psychiatry, Radiation Oncology and Transitional Year.


The report presents global charts and charts for each individual speciality.


The complete report (144 pages!) can be read at:


National Residence Matching Program

Results of the 2008 NRMP Program Directory Survey


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