Residency Programs

Choosing a residency is a big decision, and one that creates stress and anxiety for many students. Your residency is important because it’s a time of tremendous growth both in your clinical knowledge base as well as your professional development. Much of what you learn will come from patients. So you must find a program where you are motivated to learn and study about your patients and can become an excellent, caring, humanistic physician, as well as feel happy in your work and home environments.

There’s no one perfect residency that’s the best fit for all students — the best program for you depends on your strengths, weaknesses, goals, and personality. You must systematically approach researching and considering residencies to find programs that fit your individual needs and eventually match to a program and feel relatively happy during your time there.

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This tool will help you learn about the more than 9,000 ACGME- and AOA-accredited residency and fellowship programs available, including military programs. Our program profiles include program demographics and contact information, participating application and matching services, applicant and trainee characteristics, and graduate career plans.

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Your ultimate goal is to match to a program and complete your residency training. Believe it or not, achieving that goal first begins with effectively researching residency programs and identifying all those where you might fit. How you approach this task will directly affect your outcome, as you can expect the number of possible residencies you might match to to dwindle as you apply to, interview with, and finalize your preferences for programs. If you effectively research programs, you'll enjoy the most options when applying to, interviewing with, and ranking residency programs and maximize your likelihood of matching.

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It may last only a few years, but your residency training can be both grueling and one of the most intense experiences of your medical career, so it’s important to know what you most want out of your training. The Residency Preference Exercise helps you decide which programs you'd like to apply to and rank. It involves rating your preferences for educational opportunities, clinical experiences, coworkers, work environment and other criteria of residency training and then rating individual programs based on how well you believe they fit your preferences.