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

2016-2017 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 2016-2017, by specialty. For example, the average MCAT score for 2016-2017 first-year residents entering anesthesiology was 30.2, and the average Step 1 score was 231.9. Data include graduates of MD-granting and DO-granting U.S. and Canadian medical 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. 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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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 3% of the first-year positions in each of these specialties.

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.

Source: GME Track® as of September 1, 2017, NBME as of April 28, 2017, ERAS as of June 23, 2017, and MCAT as of September 25, 2017.

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