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Most Competitive Residencies for 2008

August 23, 2008

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You can see the top 10 most competitive residency list for 2008 brought to us by Medliorate.

I am kind of surprised that Peds is “numero uno”. How is that possible? Wasn’t Peds the least desired specialty? I have no clue what changes the desire for certain specialty from on to another year. I heard that after the ER series a lot of med students applied for Emergency Medicine, but Peds being number one in this list is kind of strange. Hmmm, probably I still don’t have enough experience in understanding how the residencies and the much works. I will do that after my step 2 CK exam.

top 10 most competitive residency specialties [medliorate]

You can see for comparison, 2007 top 10 specialties here.

You can also see the poll: What is Your Favorite Medical Specialty?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. medliorator permalink
    August 23, 2008 2:38 pm

    These data are tricky to decipher. Any conclusions should run themselves by the actual match summary (linked in my report). Combined residencies are heavily represented amongst the most competitive. The pediatric-primary care programs were especially competitive in 2008.
    uncombined Pediatrics (2,382 positions) had 3,485 applicants (1.46 applicants per spot) & ranks 29th on a list of 45 program categories.

    Excluding combined residency programs from the list, we have
    1. Radiation Oncology
    2. Dermatology
    3. Physical Medicine & Rehab
    4. Neurology
    5. Preventative Medicine
    6. Vascular Surgery

    Thanks for reading
    http://medliorate.wordpress.com/

  2. August 23, 2008 3:08 pm

    It seems like Physical Medicine and Rehab is one of the most competitive specialties. Is that right? And if the answer is yes, why?

  3. Anonymous permalink
    March 7, 2009 8:14 pm

    Where is neurosurgery? Not competitive enough to make it to the Top 10? I find that hard to believe.

  4. Sharoon Arsin permalink
    February 24, 2011 4:54 am

    Well, the lists given are ridiculous. Rehabilitation and physical medicine are least competitive. so are preventative and neurology!
    Joke of the year! Vascularsurgery is not even residency its fellowship after general surgery residency..!
    List goes like this
    1. Orthopedic surgery
    2. Plastic surgery
    3. Neurosurgery
    4. Radiation oncology
    5. Dermatology/ otolaryngology/ ophthalmology

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