How tough is it for a med school student to aim their residency towards a particular part of the country? Like NE, California, mountain west, etc.
It depends on numerous factors, including:
–specialty applied for
–student’s USMLE/COMLEX scores
–student’s grades & class rank
–student’s competitiveness for specialty applied for
–the strength of the applicant’s LORs
–whether the student is only interested in academic residencies or is open to applying to community programs as well
–exact region the student is hoping for
California is notoriously difficult to match to because so many people want to to do residency there (35% of all med grads according to AMCAS’s GSQ) It becomes a bit less difficult if the applicant is willing to apply broadly to community hospital programs in all areas of CA (esp. those that are away from the major coastal cities)
The Mountain West is also a difficult place to match because there just aren’t that many residency programs and applicants who either attend Rocky Mtn region schools or who area from the region/grew up in the area tend to want to stay there.
The NE has plenty of residency programs so if the applicants is willing to apply broadly to both academic and community programs, they shouldn’t have too much difficulty–assuming the applicants has the stats and is a competitive applicant for the specialty they’re pursuing
A residency applicant can improve their chances for a match in their desired region by doing one or more audition rotations in their targeted region.