Friday, March 17, 2006

Match Stats 2006...
The annual exercise of medical student flagellation took place yesterday. The review of the statistics provide a glimpse of how medical students are voting with their feet.

General surgery offered 1047 positions this year, down from 1051 in 2005. US graduates filled 872 (83%) of these slots. This is down slightly from last year as well, with 885 positions filled by US graduates, but the percentage of slots filled by US graduates rose from 80%. Only one slot remained unfilled.

Family practice offered 2711 positions, fifty less than in 2005. 2307 (85%) were filled. This is increased from the 82% fill percentage from last year. 1123 were filled by US graduates (48.6%). This percentage is roughly the same as last year. Keep in mind that as recently as 2003, 2900 slots were available in family practice.

Internal medicine had 4735 slots available, down from 4768 last year. Of these 4636 were filled (97%), the same as last year. 2668 positions filled by US students (58%), up slightly.

Pediatrics filled 2209 of 2288 positions (97%). As in 2005 the total number of slots and percentage filled rose, unique among the primary care specialties. 1668 of these were filled by US graduates (75.5%), a slight percentage decline from last year.

If the number of positions offered were the same as last year, FP would have a 83.6% fill and IM would have the same 97%.

OB/GYN offered 1154 positions, up from 1144 last year. 1130 were filled (98%), up from the 97.4% last year. If the number of positions remained static, the fill percentage would have been 98.8 percent. 835 (73.9%) were filled by US grads.

Anesthesia had a fill percentage of 97.6%, up from 94.8 last year. This with an increase of 89 offered positions. More positions were filled this year than were offered last year.

Radiology offered 129 positions, down from 134 last year, but up from 126 from 2004. Fill percentage of 95.3% this year, up from 92.5%

EM filled 1218 of 1251 positions (97.4%). This is an increase of offered positions from 1188 with a slight fall in fill percentage (98%).

What does it mean? Primary care remains relatively static but their fill rates are not rising to meet the demand of an aging population. Has it reached the bottom? Surgery and OB/GYN are increasingly competitive. A consequence of workhour limits perhaps? Anesthesia is wildly popular.
Continue to track and trend as they say.
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