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Most Competitive Specialities

california_love8california_love8 Registered User Posts: 1,097 Senior Member
edited December 2006 in Careers in Medicine
1. Can anyone rank some of the specialities (this includes regular residencies and fellowships) in order from most difficult, to easiest?

2. Does anyone know how hard it is to become a cardiologist? Is it something where most people can still get it, or is it next to impossible for most (ie as competitive as derm, etc.). I know that its a fellowship that is followed after 3 years of IM, but is it a difficult fellowship to match into or what?
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Replies to: Most Competitive Specialities

  • my$0.02my$0.02 Registered User Posts: 902 Member
    See the thread: http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/showthread.php?p=3338193#post3338193

    Following links to IM subspecialties:
    Cardiovascular Disease (Internal Medicine)
    Programs Statistics: Number Percent

    Enrolled Programs
    166

    Withdrawn Programs
    3

    Active Programs
    163

    Programs Filled
    162
    99%

    Programs Unfilled
    1
    1%

    Active Positions
    670

    Positions Filled
    669
    100%

    Positions Unfilled
    1
    0%

    Applicant Statistics
    Matched Applicants: School Matched Percent

    US Grad
    442
    66%

    US Foreign
    37
    6%

    Pathway
    2
    0%

    Osteo
    28
    4%

    Foreign
    157
    23%

    Canadian
    3
    0%

    Total
    669
  • my$0.02my$0.02 Registered User Posts: 902 Member
    "A total of 3,964 applicants began the process of obtaining a position through MSMP. Of these entrants, 1,711 were graduates of US medical schools (USMGs), 497 were US citizens who graduated from foreign medical schools, and 1,516 were foreign born graduates of foreign medical schools. The 2,171 matches through MSMP represented 61 percent of all applicants who submitted rank order lists. US medical school graduates represented 1,278 (59 percent) of all matches, or 80 percent of all USMGs who submitted rank order lists."
    http://www.im.org/AAIM/PublicPolicy/Docs/SubspecialtyMatch.htm


    The cards acceptance rate is at worst 17% and likely much higher. To wit: 669 cards positions were filled in the match. If all 3,964 applicants submitted rank order lists for cards, a 17% acceptance rate is implied. If everyone but 1530 people who matched to non-cards subspecialties submitted rank order lists for cards, and 27% acceptance rate is implied. If the acceptance rate similar across all subspecialties, an 80% acceptance rate is implied for USMG's.

    The fact that 37 US foreign and 157 foreign MG's matched should be encouraging.
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