UMEM Educational Pearls

Category: International EM

Title: Emergency Medicine Training in the US- How Competitive is it?

Keywords: Match, training, emergency medicine, residency (PubMed Search)

Posted: 3/26/2016 by Jon Mark Hirshon, PhD, MPH, MD (Emailed: 3/30/2016) (Updated: 4/6/2016)
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Emergency medicine remains a relatively young and developing specialty in most parts of the world.  However, it is growing in popularity, especially in the U.S.  How competitive is it currently?


For the recent 2016 Match, there were 2476 applicants for 1895 categorical emergency medicine positions from 174 programs.

  • Of the 1895 incoming residency positions, 1894 were filled within the Match!
  • The vast majority (78.4%) were filled by senior medical students coming directly from U.S. medical schools.


Bottom Line: Emergency medicine remains a highly desired and competitive specialty in the U.S.


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