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

A co-manage trip!




Five physicians went on a hunting trip: a hospitalist, an intensivist, a radiologist, a surgeon and a pathologist.

While walking their way in the bushes a bird came to their shooting range. The hospitalist was the first to aim his gun to the target but he suddenly retracted and decided he needs a second opinion to determine the type of the bird before he can shoot, as not all types of birds can be hunted in this season.

The intensivist was hesitant to take the consult but he eventually pointed his gun and with more caution he ran some formulas in his brain and deemed that the bird might be on the protected list hence he wanted some more investigations to be done so he can take a final decision so he forwarded the space to the radiologist.

The radiologist took his time scanning the bird in the air with his expert eyes before he shoots. It was a tough call for him. He mumbled: this can be an strophic ostrich or a hypertrophied duck, please correlate clinically.


Without hesitation, the surgeon aimed at the bird and gave his best shot. The bird was shortly lying between the pathologist hands who cooked the bird and after finished eating it he looked to the other 4 physicians and said: Specimen inadequate!

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