Step 1 Score Trends by Specialty from 2009 to 2011

trendIn this blog post, we have created a comparison chart of the mean Step 1 scores by specialty reported by students in the 2009 NRMP match as compared to the 2011 match. As you can see, the trend seems to be that, for the vast majority of specialties, the Step 1 scores for matching in each specialty are on the rise. In most cases, it is only by 2-3 points, for U.S. Seniors. For Independent Applicants, the spread is wider, with the increase being between 3-5 points. An increase in average Step 1 scores was seen in 10 of the specialties in both the US. Senior and Matched Independent Applicant groups.

Interestingly, the Step 1 averages in the Unmatched U.S. Seniors went up in six specialties and down in seven. In eleven of the specialties, Unmatched Independent Applicant Step 1 score averages went up, and very few were on the decrease.

 

COMPARING STEP 1 SCORES FOR RESIDENCY MATCH IN 2009 TO 2011

U.S Seniors

Specialty

Matched 2009

Matched 2011

Unmatched 2009

Unmatched 2011

Anesthesiology

224

226

206

203

Dermatology

242

244

231

227

Diag Radiology

238

240

220

211

Emergency Med

222

223

206

207

Family Med

214

213

196

201

Gen Surgery

NA

227

NA

207

Internal Med

NA

226

NA

210

Internal Med/Peds

NA

230

NA

219

Neurosurgery

239

239

224

218

Neurology

225

225

206

212

Obstetrics & Gynecology

219

220

208

202

Orthopaedic Surgery

238

240

221

225

Otolaryngology

240

243

223

232

Pathology

227

226

212

195

Pediatrics

219

221

206

206

Physical Med & Rehab

214

214

191

195

Plastic Surgery

245

249

232

238

Psychiatry

216

214

205

198

Radiation Oncology

238

240

228

217

Transitional Year

236

NA

228

NA

Early Match 2009

Matched

Unmatched

Urology *

235-240

Ophthalmology

235

212

*Estimates Based on Averages from Student Survey

 

COMPARING STEP 1 SCORES FOR RESIDENCY MATCH IN 2009 TO 2011
         Independent Applicants
Specialty Matched 2009 Matched 2011 Unmatched 2009 Unmatched 2011
Anesthesiology 226 229 213 213
Dermatology 225 230 218 225
Diag Radiology 235 235 223 222
Emergency Med 219 218 206 210
Family Med 201 204 197 198
Gen Surgery NA 227 NA 219
Internal Med NA 225 NA 211
Internal Med/Peds NA 217 NA 218
Neurosurgery 234 232 223 226
Neurology 224 224 211 216
Obstetrics & Gynecology 212 218 205 206
Orthopaedic Surgery 226 230 217 220
Otolaryngology 230 231 216 220
Pathology 223 224 210 212
Pediatrics 214 217 204 204
Physical Med & Rehab 212 212 199 199
Plastic Surgery 224 221 221 226
Psychiatry 207 209 198 200
Radiation Oncology 238 241 224 214
Transitional Year 213 NA 209 NA

 


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