Internal medicine is the top specialty by number of residency
Internal medicine offers around 9000 categorical, 1850 preliminary, and 450 primary care positions.
The total number of positions increased by 19% over the last 5 years. As result around 600 ACGME accredited programs offer 32% of all available PGY-1 residency positions.
The percentage of matched US MDs, DOs, and IMGs has not changed significantly in recent years and is 50%, 12% and 33%, respectively.
Mean USMLE Step 1 score of matched applicants equals 235 for US MDs, 227(539 COMPLEX 1) for DOs, and 226/237 for
Mean USMLE Step 2 score of matched applicants equals 248 for US MDs, 240(572 COMPLEX 1) for DOs, and 235/243 for
At the same time, lower scores offer a near 95% probability of the match for US MDs and DOs. It is not possible to say the same about lower scores for IMGs.
96% categorical and 89% preliminary internal medicine positions are filled during the main match. 27% of all matched US MDs, 27% of
all matched DOs, and 50% of matched IMGs were matched into internal medicine residency positions.
With the largest number of positions available internal medicine is the best application choice for many successful candidates.