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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Physician Lifestyle: ROAD Specialties 2014

Last year, we tried to debunk the myth of the so-called ROAD (Radiology, Ophthalmology, Anesthesiology, and Dermatology) specialties.  These 4 fields are supposed to offer the best lifestyle for physicians.  We will try that again this year with new data.  Click here to see last year's survey data for comparison.

Specialty Mean 2013 Salary Weekly Hours Pay per Hour Training Years
Dermatology $308,000 45.4 $130 4
Radiology $340,000 58.0 $113 5 to 6
Ophthalmology $291,000 51.0 $110 4
Anesthesiology $338,000 61.0 $107 4

Salary source:  Medscape
Hours source:  AAMC

As we stated last year, Dermatology is by far the most well-rounded field in all of medicine.  Their pay is in the top third of all physicians and nobody beats their hours.  They rank number 1 in happiness, overall satisfaction, and career choice.  If you have competitive scores and are still undecided, I encourage you to try out Dermatology.  You will likely not regret the decision.  

Radiology has hit a very rough patch in recent years.  It went through Medicare reimbursement cuts in the late 2000s and now the job market is very tight.  It was 1 of 5 specialties that had a decrease in salary compared to the year prior.  Reported salary dropped by 2% in 2013 while inflation was 1.5%.  Radiology residency is still expanding, which will make the job market worse.  There were 1176 positions in the 2014 Match and 81 of them went unfilled.  

Ophthalmology had reimbursement cuts to cataract surgery many years ago.  The field is too dependent on Medicare reimbursements.  Medicare recently released its 2012 reimbursement data and Ophthalmologists received the highest amount per physician.  But this is not how much they get paid; it only represents revenue.  If the release of this data leads to political outcry and more cuts, then the financial aspects of this field will be in trouble.

Anesthesiologists are fighting a losing turf battle against CRNAs.  17 states so far have opted out of Medicare's physician supervision requirement for CRNAs.  If CRNAs come at a fraction of the cost, then hospitals have less financial incentive to staff so many Anesthesiologists.  Like Radiology, Anesthesiology residency also faces an over-expansion problem.  There were 1662 positions in the 2014 Match and 70 of them went unfilled.  They also work a lot of hours now, 61 a week.

It is time to redefine the lifestyle specialties.  ROAD might have applied 10 to 20 years ago but the financial and work landscapes have changed.  In my opinion, the ROA fields no longer qualify.  Only Dermatology withstood the test of time.  To premeds out there, don't go into medicine if you expect to work less than 70 to 80 hours a week as a resident or 50 to 60 hours a week as an attending.  Dermatology might be the answer for some but there were only 414 spots in the 2014 Match out of 29,671 spots offered for all residents.  From now on, just assume the weekly hours for every specialty will rise and there will not be a 40-hour weekly job in the future.  The financial difference between them will lie in the salary and pay per hour.  If you are already in medical school, this is a free society and you are free to maximize your potential.  You are free (as long as you are competitive enough) to choose a specialty for whatever reason and do not have to defend it.  If those reasons are financial (like the majority of working Americans), then I have some recommendations for you.

Just DOG it specialties.  I could have used the acronym in reverse but it is Easter Sunday...

Specialty Mean 2013 Salary Weekly Hours Pay per Hour Training Years
Dermatology $308,000 45.4 $130 4
Orthopaedics $413,000 57.0 $139 5
Gastroenterology $348,000 56.0 $120 6

Salary source:  Medscape
Hours source:  AAMC

As I mentioned previously, Dermatology is the most well-rounded field in medicine.  It offers the lowest weekly work hours.  Orthopaedics and Gastroenterology are procedure-heavy fields and they take a lot of call.  However, they are well compensated on a pay per hour basis.  Keep in mind that Gastroenterology is a fellowship and you do have to go through 3 years of Internal Medicine first.  Listed below are the Match rates for US MD graduates.  The 3 specialties are about equal in competitiveness.

Dermatology:  79%
Orthopaedics:  77%
Internal Medicine/Gastroenterology:  95% x 78% = 74%

The main point is expect to work very hard for your pay.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Physician Lifestyle: More Specialties 2014

New salary data for 5 more specialties are listed below.

Specialty Mean 2013 Salary Weekly Hours Pay per Hour Training Years
Emergency Medicine $272,000 46.4 $113 3 to 4
Neurology $219,000 50.8 $83 4
Psychiatry $197,000 46.5 $81 4
Pediatrics $181,000 47.0 $74 3
Family Medicine $176,000 52.6 $64 3

Salary source:  Medscape
Hours source:  AAMC

One of the goals of the Affordable Care Act is to increase reimbursement to primary care physicians.  From 2012 to 2013, Psychiatrists (6%), Pediatricians (5%), and Family Medicine Physicians (1%) saw these respective increases in salary.  Click here to see last year's survey data for comparison.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Top Emergency Medicine Residency Programs

I was once interested in applying to Emergency Medicine (EM) for residency and did two away rotations.  One of them was at a highly regarded academic program and the program director there offered to send me a list of what he considered as the top EM programs.  He has taught in academic EM for a very long time and is very respected in the field with countless publications.  I trust his opinion because he did not include his program in that list.  Listed below are the "top" EM residency programs according to him in no particular order.

3-Year Programs Positions
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center 13
U of New Mexico 12
Carolinas Medical Center 14
Oregon Health & Science 11
UT Southwestern 19

4-Year Programs Positions
UCLA/Olive View 12
Denver Health Medical Center 17
Northwestern 13
U of Cincinnati 14
Brown 12

There were 1786 EM positions available in the 2014 NRMP Match.  These programs combine for 152 spots or 8.5% of the total available positions.  Also according to the same program director, 4-year programs do not offer any significant advantage over the 3-year programs.  His institution is a 3-year program and he thinks that the 4th year will be better served by a fellowship or a year in practice.  One disadvantage of the 3-year programs is that 4-year programs will likely not hire those graduates as faculty right out of residency because those EM physicians will be on the same level as their PGY4s.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Physician Lifestyle: Surgical Specialties 2014

Yesterday, we updated the salary data for Internal Medicine and its subspecialties.  Today we will continue with surgical specialties.  This is based off of newly released salary survey data by Medscape.

Specialty Mean 2013 Salary Weekly Hours Pay per Hour Training Years
Orthopaedics $413,000 57.0 $139 5
Plastic Surgery $321,000 52.0 $119 6 to 8
Urology $348,000 58.1 $115 5
General Surgery $295,000 59.4 $96 5
OBGYN $243,000 58.0 $81 4

Salary source:  Medscape
Hours source:  AAMC

Orthopaedics leads all specialties in average salary according to the latest survey (please note that Cardiothoracic and Neurosurgeons were not included in the survey).  In 2011, Orthopaedics was the second toughest residency to match with 77% of US medical students succeeding.  Click here to see last year's survey data for comparison.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Physician Lifestyle: Internal Medicine and its Subspecialties 2014

Medscape just released its Physician Compensation Report 2014 Edition.  Last year we calculated the pay per hour for each specialty and we will update that this year based on the newly reported 2013 salary data.  We will start with Internal Medicine and its subspecialties.

Specialty Mean 2013 Salary Weekly Hours Pay per Hour Training Years
Gastroenterology $348,000 56.0 $120 6
Cardiology $351,000 57.5 $117 6
Oncology $290,000 52.7 $106 6
Nephrology $242,000 56.0 $83 5
Pulmonary Medicine $258,000 61.4 $81 5 to 6
Critical Care $281,000 66.9 $81 5 to 6
Rheumatology $214,000 53.6 $77 5
Endocrinology $184,000 48.5 $73 5
Internal Medicine $188,000 54.9 $66 3
Infectious Disease $174,000 53.4 $63 5

Salary source:  Medscape
Hours source:  AAMC

Gastroenterology has surpassed Cardiology in pay per hour.  It is also the most competitive Internal Medicine fellowship with a match rate of 78%.  Click here to see last year's survey data for comparison.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

American Board of Family Medicine Pass Rates

There are 465 ACGME accredited Family Medicine residency programs in the United States.  The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) has posted aggregate performance data on the ABFM certification examination for each of the programs from 2009 to 2013.  Listed below are the pass rates of first-time takers for 134 residency programs.  For sample size and briefness sakes, I excluded the programs with less than 40 total first-time takers from 2009 to 2013.  The pass rates are sorted from highest to lowest.  Please note that there were many programs with 100% pass rates that were excluded based on sample size.  The national average for first-time takers from 2009 to 2013 was 88 to 90%.

Residency Program Pass Rate
Long Beach Memorial Medical Center Program - CA 100%
Riverside County Regional Medical Center Program - CA 100%
St Anthony Hospital Program - CO 100%
Family Medicine Residency of Idaho Program  100%
MacNeal Hospital Program - IL 100%
Memorial Hospital of South Bend Program - IN 100%
University of Minnesota (Duluth) Program  100%
Mountain Area Health Education Center Program - NC 100%
Thomas Jefferson University Program - PA 100%
AnMed Health (Anderson) Program - SC 100%
Self Regional Healthcare/Greenwood Program - SC 100%
Swedish Medical Center/Cherry Hill Program - WA 100%
Swedish Medical Center (First Hill) Program - WA 100%
University of Washington Program  100%
University of Wisconsin (Madison) Program  100%
University at Buffalo Program - NY 99%
Lancaster General Hospital Program - PA 99%
Contra Costa Regional Medical Center Program - CA 98%
Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa/University of California (San Francisco) Program  98%
McLennan County Medical Education and Research Foundation Program - TX 98%
University of Missouri-Columbia Program  98%
University of Michigan Program 98%
US Air Force Regional Hospital/Headquarters Air Armament Center (AFMC) Program - FL 98%
University of California (Irvine) Program  98%
University of California (San Diego) Program  98%
Greater Lawrence Family Health Center Program - MA 98%
Oakwood Annapolis Hospital Program - MI 98%
College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic (Rochester) Program - MN 98%
Oregon Health & Science University (Cascades East) Program  98%
St Vincent Hospital and Health Care Center Program - IN 98%
Moses H Cone Memorial Hospital Program - NC 98%
Bayfront Medical Center Program - FL 98%
Exempla St Joseph Hospital Program - CO 98%
University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago/Advocate Illinois Masonic Med Ctr Program  98%
Carolinas Medical Center Program - NC 98%
Center for Family Medicine (Sioux Falls) Program - SD 98%
Valley Medical Center Program - WA 98%
UPMC Medical Education (St. Margaret Hospital) Program - PA 97%
Ventura County Medical Center Program - CA 97%
David Grant Medical Center Program - CA 97%
Research Medical Center Program - MO 97%
Genesys Regional Medical Center Program - MI 96%
Florida Hospital Medical Center Program  96%
Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Case Medical Center Program - OH 96%
University of California (San Francisco) Program  95%
Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center Program - NY 95%
Halifax Medical Center Program - FL 95%
University of South Florida (Morton Plant Mease Health Care) Program  95%
Tufts University at Cambridge Health Alliance Program - MA 95%
Sparrow Hospital/Michigan State University Program  95%
Oregon Health & Science University Program  95%
Wake Forest University School of Medicine Program - NC 95%
In His Image at St. John Medical Center Program - OK 94%
University of Minnesota/North Memorial Health Care Program  93%
Kaiser Permanente Southern California (Fontana) Program  93%
Indiana University School of Medicine Program  93%
University of Kansas (Wichita)/Wesley Program  93%
UCLA Medical Center Program - CA 93%
University of Kansas (Wichita)/Via Christi Hospitals Wichita Program  93%
John Peter Smith Hospital (Tarrant County Hospital District) Program - TX 93%
University of Louisville Program - KY 93%
York Hospital Program - PA 93%
Multicare Medical Center Program - WA 93%
Albert Einstein College of Medicine Program - NY 92%
University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine Program  92%
University of Massachusetts Program  92%
University of Rochester/Highland Hospital of Rochester Program - NY 92%
Trident Medical Center/Medical University of South Carolina Program  92%
University of New Mexico Program  92%
Wright State University/Dayton Community Hospitals Program - OH 91%
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Program  91%
Kaiser Permanente Southern California (Los Angeles) Program  91%
Eastern Virginia Medical School (Ghent) Program  91%
Memorial Hermann Hospital System Program - TX 91%
Naval Hospital (Camp Pendleton) Program - CA 91%
University of Florida Program  91%
NSLIJHS/Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine at Southside Hospital Program - NY 91%
Lincoln Medical Education Partnership Program - NE 90%
Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Family Medicine Program - FL 90%
Providence Hospital and Medical Centers Program - MI 90%
University of Minnesota/St Joseph's Hospital Program  90%
University of North Carolina Hospitals Program  90%
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Program  90%
Los Angeles County-Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Program - CA 89%
University of Alabama Medical Center (Huntsville) Program  89%
University of Missouri at Kansas City Program  89%
University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria Program  88%
St Louis University School of Medicine (Belleville) Program - IL 88%
Tuscaloosa College of Community Health Science Program - AL 88%
University of Texas Medical Branch Hospitals Program  88%
San Jacinto Methodist Hospital Program - TX 88%
Providence Hospital/Alaska Family Medicine Program  88%
St Joseph's Regional Medical Center (South Bend) Program - IN 88%
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine  88%
Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island/Brown University Program  88%
Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center Program - IL 87%
Fort Wayne Medical Education Program - IN 87%
Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Program - CA 86%
Palmetto Health/University of South Carolina School of Medicine Program  86%
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center Program - AZ 86%
UPMC Medical Education (Presbyterian Shadyside Hospital) Program - PA 86%
Naval Hospital (Jacksonville) Program - FL 85%
St Vincent's Medical Center Program - FL 85%
Carilion Clinic-Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Program  85%
The Medical Center (Columbus) Program - GA 85%
Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Program  85%
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine-Tulsa Program  85%
Vidant Medical Center/East Carolina University Program - NC 84%
Grant Medical Center (OhioHealth) Program 84%
University of Texas at Houston Program  84%
St Elizabeth Medical Center (Utica) Program - NY 83%
University of Utah Medical Center  83%
University of Mississippi Medical Center Program  83%
University of California (Davis) Health System Program  83%
Concord Hospital/New Hampshire-Dartmouth Family Practice Program  81%
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Program  81%
Womack Army Medical Center Program - NC 80%
Jackson Memorial Hospital/Jackson Health System Program - FL 80%
University of Tennessee/Saint Francis Program  80%
University of Tennessee (Jackson) Program  80%
Texas A&M Health Science Center/Bryan-College Station Program  80%
University of California (San Francisco)/Fresno Program  79%
SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse/St Joseph's Hospital Health Center Program - NY 78%
Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Jamaica Hospital Medical Center Program - NY 78%
University of Maryland School of Medicine  77%
Ellis Hospital of Schenectady Program - NY 77%
Hennepin County Medical Center Program - MN 76%
North Central Texas Medical Foundation Program  76%
Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital Program - TX 75%
New York Medical College at St Joseph's Medical Center Program  74%
University of Kansas School of Medicine Program  73%
Loyola University/Cook County Hospital Program - IL 71%
Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center Program - NY 70%
Medical Center of Central Georgia/Mercer University School of Medicine Program  70%

The ABFM has posted the following regarding the interpretation of such data on their website:

"The information provided in this report should be viewed as one element among a number of potential indicators of overall program quality. Although it may be easy or tempting to simply use these values to rank programs, a robust comparison process for selecting a residency program will include a wider array of variables based on one's individual training needs and long-term goals. Thus, the ABFM discourages the exclusive use or overweighting of this report. For more information and ideas to assist you with your decision of selecting a family medicine training program, please visit the website of the AAFP Family Medicine Interest Group.

While reviewing the report's summary data, please bear in mind the variety of factors that go into these values. First, a "program's success" in terms of this report, is literally the composite success of the individuals who graduated from the program. This means that individual factors such as the specific amount of time put into study for the exam, personal life distractions, prior training experiences, as well as program training content, processes, and instruction, all play into the individual results, and consequently have a bearing on the program averages. The majority of these factors may be entirely uninfluenced by a residency program's training process. These issues limit the extent to which passing rates are a reflection of a program's training quality."

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Friday, March 21, 2014

How to Find a Residency Position

Congratulations to the medical students who just matched!  Best of luck on the next step in your medical training.  For those unfortunate people who did not match, don't give up.  Opportunities might come up between now and July 1.  The following are a list of websites that posts open residency positions.  Check back occasionally to look for any new openings.  Spots will usually go fast and there are no guarantees.

If you are already in residency and want to switch programs or specialties, the following sites might also list those open positions.  But contact at your own risk as word might get back to your program director.  Like Walter White said, tread lightly.

General Residency and Fellowship Postings

American Medical Association

Student Doctor Network

Specialty Postings



Diagnostic Radiology

Emergency Medicine

General Surgery

Obstetrics and Gynecology


Orthopedic Surgery




Radiation Oncology


I could not find specific sites for the following specialties:  Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Pathology, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Plastic Surgery.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Physician Lifestyle: Most Happy at Home and Work

Which physicians are happier at home and at work?  Medscape's 2014 Physician Lifestyle Report published the percentage of responding physicians who reported their happiness at home and at work as "very happy" and "extremely happy."

Specialty At Home
Dermatology 70%
Ophthalmology 70%
Orthopedics 67%
Urology 67%
Emergency Medicine 67%
Pediatrics 64%
Rheumatology 64%
Anesthesiology 64%
Endocrinology 64%
Pathology 63%
Gastroenterology 62%
Neurology 62%
Radiology 62%
Family Medicine 61%
Psychiatry 60%
Plastic Surgery 60%
General Surgery 60%
Pulmonary Medicine 60%
Nephrology 59%
Oncology 59%
Cardiology 58%
Internal Medicine 57%
Infectious Disease 52%
Critical Care 52%

Source:  Medscape Physician Lifestyle Report 2014

Dermatology and Ophthalmology had the highest percentage of physicians reporting their happiness at home as very to extremely happy.  Infectious Disease and Critical Care were at the bottom of this spectrum.  The spread in between these two groups was pretty tight and relatively close together.

Specialty At Work
Dermatology 53%
Ophthalmology 46%
Pathology 45%
Gastroenterology 44%
Psychiatry 44%
Nephrology 43%
Orthopedics 42%
Pediatrics 42%
Rheumatology 42%
Infectious Disease 42%
Urology 41%
Plastic Surgery 41%
Oncology 41%
Critical Care 41%
Anesthesiology 40%
General Surgery 40%
Pulmonary Medicine 40%
Cardiology 40%
Neurology 39%
Endocrinology 38%
Radiology 37%
Internal Medicine 37%
Emergency Medicine 36%
Family Medicine 36%

When at work, more Dermatologists were content compared to any other specialty.  Looking at the spread, with the exception of Dermatology, the other fields were pretty much the same.  The combination of high compensationlow malpracticelow work hourshigh overall satisfactionlow burnout, and happiness at home and work makes Dermatology by far the #1 lifestyle specialty.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Physician Lifestyle: Most Vacation and Savings

Medscape recently published its Physician Lifestyle Report, 2014 edition.  Included were surveys regarding vacation, happiness, and savings.  Today, we will focus on vacation and savings.

What percentage of physicians take more than 4 weeks of vacation per year?

Specialty > 4 weeks
Anesthesiology 50%
Radiology 50%
Pathology 30%
Cardiology 27%
Nephrology 24%
Orthopedics 22%
Ophthalmology 22%
Urology 21%
Emergency Medicine 20%
Pulmonary Medicine 20%
Oncology 19%
Gastroenterology 19%
Rheumatology 18%
Critical Care 17%
General Surgery 17%
Dermatology 16%
Neurology 16%
Infectious Disease 16%
Psychiatry 16%
Pediatrics 15%
Plastic Surgery 13%
Internal Medicine 13%
Family Medicine 13%
Endocrinology 11%

Anesthesiologists and Radiologists, by far, go on more vacation than the other specialties.  If you consider how stressful medicine can be and how many hours doctors work, four weeks does not seem that long.

What percentage of physicians consider their savings to be "adequate"?

Specialty Adequate Savings
Orthopedics 77%
Ophthalmology 76%
Urology 74%
Radiology 73%
Anesthesiology 73%
Dermatology 73%
Pulmonary Medicine 71%
Endocrinology 69%
Oncology 69%
Cardiology 69%
Gastroenterology 69%
Critical Care 69%
Nephrology 68%
Emergency Medicine 68%
Rheumatology 68%
Infectious Disease 67%
Pathology 66%
General Surgery 65%
Pediatrics 64%
Neurology 63%
Psychiatry 61%
Plastic Surgery 59%
Family Medicine 57%
Internal Medicine 57%

Source:  Medscape Physician Lifestyle Report 2014

"Adequate" was subjectively used and not defined in monetary terms.  It is hard to say who has more or less saved when perceptions can be different amongst specialties or individuals.  But overall, the difference between the top and bottom is only 20% and majority do seem to have saved up an "adequate" amount.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Chairs of Medicine Credentials

Which medical schools, residency programs, and fellowship programs produced the highest number of Chairs of Medicine?  I looked at 50 current Chairs of Medicine from the largest university-based residency programs and documented where they acquired each step of their training.  Individuals can use an institution's connections and resources to advance his or her career, but attending a prestigious institution by itself is neither necessary nor sufficient for success in academics.  One does need strong individual characteristics such as work ethic, perseverance, interpersonal skills, leadership, and charisma to do well.  Whether you believe in luck or not is up to you but a little fortune and timely opportunity never hurts.

Medical School
Columbia (5)
Harvard (4)
Duke (3)
U of Pennsylvania (3)
Albert Einstein (2)
Johns Hopkins (2)
Yale (2)
The Field (29)

Brigham and Women's (4)
Duke (3)
Albert Einstein Jacobi (2)
Albert Einstein Montefiore (2)
Columbia (2)
Massachusetts General (2)
NYU (2)
U of Pennsylvania (2)
U of Washington (2)
UCSF (2)
Vanderbilt (2)
Yale (2)
The Field (23)

Brigham and Women's (9)
Massachusetts General (6)
Duke (3)
Vanderbilt (3)
Beth Israel Deaconess (2)
U of Chicago (2)
U of Pennsylvania (2)
Yale (2)
The Field (21)

Cardiology (12)
Nephrology (9)
Infectious Disease (7)
Pulmonary and Critical Care (7)
Hematology and Oncology (4)
Gastroenterology (3)
Others (2)
No Fellowship (6)

The Field represents medical schools, residency programs, or fellowship programs that only showed up once.  As one moves from medical school to fellowship, the institutions become more concentrated at a select few and less diverse overall.  Not surprisingly Cardiology was the most common subspecialty of the Chairs; it is also the largest medicine subspecialty.  Note that a subspecialty is not an absolute requirement to be Chair as six of them did not officially obtain a fellowship.  Interestingly, four of the 50 Chairs graduated from the same program, Brigham and Women's Nephrology Fellowship.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Top NIH Funded Organizations

Listed below are the 50 top NIH funded medical organizations (medical schools and independent hospitals) for 2013.  This data might be useful for people who are interested in research or academics during or after residency.  The data is aggregate and does not specify which departments or projects are funded.

# Organization Funding (in millions)
1 UCSF $440
2 Johns Hopkins $405
3 U of Pennsylvania $379
4 Massachusetts General $324
5 Brigham and Women's $316
6 Stanford $315
7 Yale $312
8 Washington U St. Louis $298
9 U of Pittsburgh $297
10 U of Washington $293
11 Vanderbilt $292
12 Duke $285
13 Michigan $284
14 UCSD $279
15 UCLA $263
16 UNC $256
17 Columbia $243
18 Emory $212
19 Mount Sinai $197
20 Baylor $178
21 Oregon Health & Science $175
22 NYU $173
23 Northwestern $169
24 Harvard Medical School $167
25 Colorado $163
26 Albert Einstein $156
27 Case Western $147
28 Minnesota $147
29 UT Southwestern $146
30 U of Chicago $145
31 Wisconsin $139
32 Alabama $133
33 Boston Children's $127
34 U of Rochester $124
35 Maryland $122
36 UC Davis $122
37 USC $120
38 Beth Israel Deaconess $119
39 U of Massachusetts $117
40 Dana-Farber $116
41 Cornell $111
42 Children's Hospital of Philadelphia $109
43 Iowa $108
44 Cincinnati Children's $105
45 Utah $104
46 U of Miami $102
47 Virginia $99
48 Indiana $97
49 Ohio State $92
50 MC of Wisconsin $89

Source:  NIH

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Top Radiology Residency Programs

For the past 12 years, has nominated and awarded the best radiologist training programs.  They nominate approximately 20 to 25 programs a year and select down to two finalists and one winner.  Seven residency programs have been nominated every year in the history of the award.  Six programs have made it to the finals and only four programs have ever won the award.

Residency programs nominated every year from 2002 to 2013:

Johns Hopkins
Washington U St. Louis
Massachusetts General
Mayo Clinic
U of Pennsylvania

Finalists from 2002 to 2013:

Washington U St. Louis (7)
UCSF (5)
Johns Hopkins (5)
Mayo Clinic (3)
Duke (2)
Stanford (2)

Winners from 2002 to 2013:

Johns Hopkins (5)
Washington U St. Louis (4)
UCSF (2)
Stanford (1)

Notice that Johns Hopkins has made the finals five times and won each time.  Very impressive.  If we awarded one point for being nominated as a semifinalist, half a point for finalist, another half a point for winning, and summed up the points from 2002 to 2013, we would arrive at the following list.  (The list is not precise by any means and is not designed to rank the programs.)

Residency Program Points
Washington U St. Louis 17.5
Johns Hopkins 17
UCSF 15.5
Mayo Clinic 13.5
Duke 13
Stanford 12.5
Massachusetts General 12
U of Pennsylvania 12
U of Washington 10
Brigham and Women's 9
Thomas Jefferson 9
Michigan 8
Virginia 7
Wake Forest 6
Iowa 6
U of Pittsburgh 5
South Carolina 4
Indiana 4
Cornell 3
Emory 3
Oregon Health & Science 3
Boston University 3
Vanderbilt 2
Yale 2
Dartmouth 2
Arizona 2
Mississippi 2
U of Chicago 2
MC Georgia 2
Maryland 2
Brown 2
Wisconsin 2
Cleveland Clinic 1
Minnesota 1
Utah 1
UT Houston 1
Henry Ford 1
Georgetown 1
U of Miami 1
Oklahoma 1
Winthrop 1
MC Wisconsin 1
Colorado 1
Madigan Army 1
UT San Antonio 1

All of the top programs will provide excellent training.  As I've wrote in previous columns, location will be the most important factor once a certain level of quality has been established.  With that said, the following programs deserve special recognition for high quality training (in alphabetical order).

The Elite 8:

Johns Hopkins
Massachusetts General
Mayo Clinic
U of Pennsylvania
Washington U St. Louis