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

2017-18 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 2017-18, by specialty. For example, the average MCAT score for 2017-18 first-year residents entering anesthesiology was 30.2, and the average Step 1 score was 230.6. 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. For individuals who took the MCAT, 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 SpecialtiesDescription of Test or ExperienceN Average Standard Deviation10th Percentile25th Percentile50th Percentile75th Percentile90th 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 Aug. 27, 2018; NBME as of Oct. 25, 2018; ERAS as of June 29, 2018; and MCAT as of Oct. 25, 2018.


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