Top Medical Residents
There is a long-standing rivalry amongst Medical Residents over who is "top dog". While every specialty is comprised of a diverse mix of talented Resident Physicians, some specialties outperform others regarding tests scores, publications, and research work.
The results of the AAMC's First-Year Residents Test Scores and Experience report, helps shed light on which Residents are first-class based on their above-average testing results and hard work.
MCAT and Step 1 & 2 test scores are frequently used as a benchmark for predicting future performance during medical training and on licensing examinations. When evaluating these test results, Residents working in the areas of Otolaryngology and Surgical specialties rank highest.
- Otolaryngology Residents earned top marks for the highest MCAT scores averaging 32.5
- Residents working in surgical specialties "cut" out the competition, boasting the second-highest average MCAT scores.
- Plastic Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, and Neurosurgical Medical Residents all reported MCAT scores averaging 32.4
- Vascular and Orthopedic Surgical Residents followed closely with 31.9 and 31.7 scores respectively.
- Otolaryngology Residents again top the list for top scores with an average Step 2 CK score of 252.6
- Residents working in Surgical specialties were consistent in scoring top tier test results after the MCAT, as they also excelled in Step 2 testing.
- Orthopedic Surgical Residents reported an average score of 252.3
- Vascular and General Surgical Residents trailed closely behind Ortho Residents, snagging the third and fourth spots for top Step 2 scores.
Research & Publication Work:
The road to independent practice for most Physicians is paved with a variety of research and academic-related pursuits. When it comes to research experience, presentations, and academic publications, several specialties pull away from the pack.
- Surgical Residents are again at the top of the class when it comes to research and publication experience.
- First-year Neurosurgical Residents reported an average of 4.2 research experiences and 15.8 publications/presentations. Plastic Surgery followed closely behind with 4.3 and 14.6 respectively.
- Vascular Surgery Residents were also notable for their impressive work, with 3.7 research experiences and 10.8 publications on average.
- Otolaryngology Residents were also working hard racking up a respectable 4.5 research experiences during their first year as well as 9.6 publications/presentations on average.
AAMC.org Test Scores and Experiences of First-Year Residents, by Specialty: 2017-18 First-Year Residents
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