How Many Residency Programs Should I apply to?


The numbers of applications to submit to the residency programs during the initial ERAS season per specialty will differ if you are an American medical graduate AMG or and International medical graduate IMG. Typically, the IMG will apply to far higher number of programs to get an acceptable number of interviews to help him or her get a successful residency match outcome.



The number of programs to apply to will vary from an applicant to another based on many factors which include in addition to the site of graduation and the type of specialty: financial ability, USMLE scores and attempts, number of USCE, year of graduation, need for visa and the amount of competition per that specialty. Except for the financial reasons which limit a lot and affect the number drastically in many cases, the remainder factors are played less often in the selection decision by the applicants. The reason for that is a lot of applicants started since 2009 with a new trend by applying to whatever they can afford to get the highest number of interviews possible. This creates a low pool of applicants getting interviews initially but eventually many will cancel and another bout of interviews are send again around November to fill the open interview spots.

In this post we are attaching here the median/range number of programs AMGs and IMGs usually apply to earn decent amount of interviews. Keep in mind that some financially able people has no limits on to how many residency programs or even specialties they are applying to, as long as they meet these Selection Criteria.

Specialty
Average Range of number of applications per AMG
Average Range of number of applications per IMG
Anesthesiology
20-40
50-80
Dermatology
50-90
70-100
Radiology
40-80
60-110
Emergency Medicine
20-40
50-90
Family Medicine
10-25
100-220
General Surgery
30-60
120-250
Internal Medicine
15-30
150-270
Med/Peds
10-20
30-50
Neurology
15-40
60-90
OB/Gyn
20-50
100-180
Orthopedics
40-70
100-130
Otolaryngology
45-80
60-100
Pathology
15-25
70-100
Pediatrics
20-30
100-140
PMR
15-40
40-60
Plastic Surgery
30-50
40-55
Psychiatry
10-30
70-140
Radiation Oncology
35-60
50-70
Transitional Year
15-30
40-70

IMGs from Lesotho for USMLE and Residency


Basotho doctors study for the USMLE and get the ECFMG certificate to apply later on for residency in the US. They apply through ERAS every year to the same programs that interview and match their peers. These programs include the following: IMG Friendly.

Physicians from Lesotho will come to the US ahead of time to do 2-3 months of clinical experience to make their profile more competitive. They will do these rotations in the following hospitals before applying to residency: Observerships.


Basotho medical graduates usually come from medical schools in the nearby countries.