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Researching Residency Programs

The AAMC has wonderful resources about applying for residency. There is information about every step in the process as well as sound advice.  Begin by downloading and reviewing the free e-book, Roadmap to Residency: Understanding the Process of Getting into Residency.

The National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) provides important advice and information at its Main Residency Match Data site. You’ll want to review this site as you decide which programs to apply to. In particular, spend some time with these three documents:

  • Charting the Outcomes of the Match: This report can be found in the “Research Reports” section (see Main Residency Match Data). The report gives relevant statistics in aggregate and by specialty for such items as step scores, number of programs ranked by successful and unsuccessful applicants, etc.
  • Results of the NRMP Program Director Survey: This report can be found under “Survey Reports” (see Main Residency Match Data). The report gives information in aggregate and by specialty on what factors Program Directors consider when deciding which applicants to invite for interviews and what factors are considered when ranking applicants.
  • Results of the NRMP Applicant Survey: This report can also be found under “Survey Reports” (see Main Residency Match Data). The report gives information from your peers about what factors they considered as they chose programs to apply to, what factors they considered as they made their rank lists, how many programs they applied to, etc.

Research Tools

“How to” Article about Researching Programs

The AAMC CiM article How to Research Residency Programs (CiM > Land Your Residency > Research Programs> How to Research Residency Programs) describes an approach for researching residency programs.

Databases

FREIDA Online Residency & Fellowship Program Search available through the American Medical Association (AMA) outlines over 10,000 program profiles accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduation Medical Education (ACGME).

The AAMC CiM section on Residency Programs (CiM > Land Your Residency > Residency Programs) provides additional resources to find and research residency programs

Online Assessment Tool

A Residency Preference Exercise is also available on the Residency Programs webpage through the AAMC CiM website to help you decide which programs you will apply to and rank.