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Medical Residency Programs

Participating in a medical residency program is an important aspect of a medical physician's and surgeon's training. Read on to learn more about the in-depth preparation residents must undergo and how to choose the residency program that's right for you.

Inside Medical Residency Programs

Medical residency programs are the next big step for medical school graduates. After completing a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree program, graduates look to gain hands-on experience in a medical specialty by completing residencies at hospitals. Medical students are able to apply for residencies in numerous specialties, including:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency medicine
  • Family medicine
  • Internal medicine

After applying to the residency programs of their choice, students may visit the different hospitals to interview with prospective program supervisors. The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) then matches the students with their residency programs based on mutual interest. Each year, the NRMP works to match 31,000 qualified applicants to roughly 24,000 residency program positions (www.nrmp.org). Residency programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

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