February 25, 2021

Thousands of Doctors Have Trouble Finding Residency Programs

As many as 10,000 doctors who have graduated from medical school, passed their exams, but are yet to be accepted by a hospital residency program according to an article in the New York Times. Doctors who obtained their degree abroad have the most difficulty finding a residency program match, with just 61% matching into residency spots. Despite a projected shortage of physicians by 2033, the Times article revealed the low match rates for foreign medical graduates are driven by residency programs reliance on algorithms that routinely filter out or down rank doctors from international medical schools.