Renzo wrote:xyzbca wrote:Renzo wrote:Not to derail the thread, but this isn't true. Last year was the first year in history where there were not enough residency slots available for all the US medical school graduates. It's actually a crisis in the making, but one that has largely gone unnoticed.
Every year there are ~25,000 residency spots in the US.
There were ~16,900 US MD grads in 2010.
http://www.statehealthfacts.org/compare ... =434&cat=8
There were ~3,900 US DO grads in 2010.
Total of ~20,800. My 6000 shortage figure is outdated but that is still a shortage of 4,200 grads for available residency spots. More than enough to cover every US MD and DO grad.
I'm using "US" to indicate US based MD and DO schools.
EDIT: Added source for the DO figure.
My source was dinner conversation with a personal acquaintance who is the head of a fairly prestigious medical residency program, who I'm inclined to believe.
You're numbers look about right, but we'd need to know how many of those residencies are entry-level and how many are limited-entry specialty residencies for them to be meaningful. If there are ten million spots open for emergency ultrasonography, that's meaningless if there are only twelve spots for entry-level emergency medicine. (as an example). That number from the Match program doesn't separate the two out.
And im still curious about the DO bit. I heard you had to do well in DO school to score a residency spot.