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Addressing Medical Residency Concerns

Addressing Medical Residency Concerns


Next March, medical students across the country will again open envelopes disclosing where, and whether, they matched with residency. The stakes are high: Without residency, these students cannot practice as doctors.

A major driver of this anxiety is the so-called residency shortage. This leaves thousands of capable medical school students unmatched. According to commonly cited match data, only 80% of applicants match to a residency position. These data appear appalling. Without a residency match, medical students fear finding themselves in six-figure debt with no pathway to practice. Fortunately, a reexamination of match data bears surprising news: There is no residency shortage.

Read the full commentary at the Washington Examiner.