The increased interest in residencies for internal medicine, family medicine or pediatrics may, in part, be the result of increased competition for specialty slots.
Medpage Today: Specialty Slot Contest Good For Primary Care?
More U.S. medical school seniors chose a primary care residency this year, but that may be driven by increased competition for specialty programs as the applicant pool widens, some experts say. Almost 400 more students opted for a residency in internal medicine, family medicine, or pediatrics this year than last, according to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). … The total number of applicants topped 40,000 this year. That's the largest figure in Match history and includes nearly 1,000 more U.S. seniors as three new medical schools -- two in Florida, one in Pennsylvania -- graduated their first classes (Fiore, 3/17).
Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Matchmaker, Er, Match Week, Make Me A Doc
Fourth-year medical students have been talking a lot about their perfect match these days: first impressions, the one who called right after they met, some that were too far away. For many, 'match week' – this week — is what they've been working toward over the past four years. It's the week that decides if, and where, they will complete the next step of their training and become a full-fledged doctor (Rao, 3/15).