Large Number of Medical Residency Applicants Receive Rejections

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- This year marked the 16th consecutive increase in the number of medical residency positions offered and Residents Medical, an educational and residency placement organization, is taking notice.

According to the National Residents Matching Program, this year an all-time high of 30,232 PGY-1 positions were offered. The trend in the total number of applicants is even more dramatic. In 1952, there were 6,000 and in 1999 there were more than 36,000. After a brief decline between 1999 and 2003 (about 5,000), those number have continued to rise again. In 2018, the number of applicants reached an all-time high of nearly 44,000.

The bottom line? There are more applicants than residency slots.

Beyond these stats, the competition is fierce. The medical residency application pool comes from a worldwide database of medical school graduates. Out of these applicants, some come from foreign schools and are required to obtain visas. Many U.S. citizens have also completed medical school abroad to finish up the residency part of their training in order to obtain board-certification.

This year a record number of applicants have received rejection notices for an interview from the residency training programs they applied to. In order for a residency applicant to become a residency candidate they must have at least one interview. The residency programs are just too overwhelmed. In fact, at some primary care residency programs there are more than 5,000 applicants for a few dozen slots.

"Residents Medical has amassed a reputation for being the sole leader in preparing, educating and helping applicants who have a difficult time achieving medical residency to get interviews and ultimately land a prized residency position," Dr. Syed, Guidance Counselor at Residents Medical, says. "We help them to prepare their CVs and ensure they will stand out from the crowd."

Residents Medical professional and systematic approach seems to be working. Dr. Syed reports that all of this season's candidates have gotten interviews.

About Residents Medical:

Residents Medical is an innovative organization with a sphere of influence in medical education. Its main focus is on Graduate Medical Education, medical residency and fellowships.

For more information: https://residentsmedical.com/ or 310-444-9700.

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