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

2015-2016 First-Year Residents

The table below displays statistics on MCAT scores, 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 2015-2016, by specialty. For example, the average MCAT score for 2015-2016 first-year residents entering anesthesiology was 30.2, and the average Step 1 score was 230.7. Data for Step 1 and Step 2 CK scores are limited to graduates of U.S. and Canadian medical schools. Data are limited to specialties that traditionally begin in PGY1 and do not require a preliminary year of training. Please contact 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
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Note: Note: Test score statistics with a total population fewer than 10 have been excluded. Specialties that typically require a preliminary year of training have also been excluded.

1All 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 percent of the first-year positions in each of these specialties.

Source: GME Track® as of August 30, 2016, NBME as of August 9, 2016, ERAS as of June 24, 2016, and MCAT as of July 22, 2016.

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