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Report on Residents

Table B1. Test Scores and Experiences of First-Year Residents, by Specialty

2018-19 First-Year Residents

The table below displays statistics on USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 Content Knowledge (CK) scores, research experiences, publications, work experiences, and volunteer experiences for all active first-year residents in 2018-19, by specialty. For example, the average STEP 1 score for 2018-19 first-year residents entering anesthesiology was 230.6, and the average Step 2 CK score was 241.3. Data include graduates of MD-granting and DO-granting U.S. and Canadian schools as well as graduates of international medical schools. Data are limited to specialties that traditionally begin in PGY1 and do not require a preliminary year of training. For individuals who took the USMLE Step 1 or USMLE Step 2 CK more than once, the most recent score was used in the analysis. Please contact residentreport@aamc.org with any comments or questions.

Selected Finding: The distribution of test scores of entering residents varies widely across specialties. However, there is also substantial variation of scores of entering residents within each specialty. 

ACGME-Accredited Specialties Description of Test or Experience N Average Standard Deviation 10th Percentile 25th Percentile 50th Percentile 75th Percentile 90th Percentile
{{data.specialty}} {{data.one}} {{data.two}} {{data.three | number:1}} {{data.four | number:1}} {{data.five | number:1}} {{data.six | number:1}} {{data.seven | number:1}} {{data.eight | number:1}} {{data.nine | number:1}}

1. All PGY1s in Pediatrics and in Obstetrics and Gynecology are included in the table above, including those for whom the position is a preliminary year for another specialty. Preliminary positions were not reported separately because they make up less than 2% of the first-year positions in each of these specialties.

Note: Test score statistics with a total population fewer than 10 have been excluded, including specialties with fewer than 10 residents. Specialties that typically require a preliminary year of training have also been excluded.

Source: GME Track® as of Sept. 5, 2019; NBME as of Sept. 24, 2019; ERAS as of July 9, 2019.