If you drop your food on the floor but it's only there for 5 seconds, is it okay to eat? Really, a friend of a friend told me...
oard of M
xaminers (NBME) has an "urban legends
" site! Debunking myths. What you've heard, how they respond.
- Example, USMLE step 1 is going away or will be combined with step 2. NBME says this is "fiction" for at least several years to come.
- Example, there are plans to add a step 4 on professionalism. NBME says this is a "fiction" and professionalism is integrated into the other assessments.
What other myths or misrepresentations are out there? The N
rogram (NRMP) has reported that 57 more
US senior medical students matched in pediatrics in 2011 as compared to 2010.
- True... but while the NRMP reports this in their press release as a 3% increase, an astute colleague pointed out to me that there were more US seniors in the match in 2011 (15,558) compared to 2010 (14,992).
- So, with the larger denominator, 11.36% of US seniors matched to pediatrics in 2011 (1,768/15,558), and there were 11.41% in 2010 (1,711/14,992), essentially staying the same.
- Also, oddly, the NRMP's 2011 press release has a "Washington, D.C., March 17, 2010" dateline; this seems like an error to me.
What else is true? In 2011 there were 188 categorical pediatrics residency programs
participating in the NRMP match, yielding 2,482 spots
- In 2011 there were an additional 13 pediatric residency programs listed separately as pediatric primary care programs. We at Children's National have a categorical, a primary care, and a community health track. Some pediatric residency programs may have other types of "tracks" that aren't listed separately, though.
- In 2011, there were 17 categorical pediatrics programs across the US that did not fill.
- The largest number of US seniors matched to internal medicine, then pediatrics.
- There is a wealth of data at the NRMP site if you want to peruse it in more depth.
: ERAS stands for Early Residency Applicants are SmarterTruth
: The E
esidency and A
) opens July 1, 2011 for what they call the "MyERAS 2011 season." More on the application process in future posts!Myth
: If you don't apply for fellowship during residency, you will have missed the boat for subspecialty training.Truth:
If a fellowship is in your future, it need not immediately follow your residency. If you choose to pursue a subspecialty, when the time comes you can search FREIDA for information about the 8,700 graduate medical education programs accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) as well as 200 Board-approved combined specialty programs.
What does FREIDA stand for? F
ellowship and R
ccess system, of course.Depends on the food, the person, the floor... So, what have you heard?