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Match Shows Slight Increase in Graduates Going Into Psychiatry

Match Shows Slight Increase in Graduates Going Into Psychiatry

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Match Shows Slight Increase in Graduates Going Into PsychiatryMark Moran  Next SectionPlastic surgery, orthopedic surgery, dermatology, otolaryngology, diagnostic radiology, radiation oncology, and general surgery continue to be popular and competitive specialties. Previous Section A total of 1,013 medical graduates will enter first-year psychiatry residency programs this year, a small increase over the previous year's total of 1,000. But the number of graduates from U.S. medical schools choosing psychiatry has dropped slowly but steadily for several years; this year's number—595—represents a drop of 6 percent from last year and 8.8 percent from 2005 (see chart). These figures are part of the results released by the National Resident Match Program (NRMP), which conducts the annual “match” in which medical school graduates are matched with a residency program. The match is looked at as a barometer of the future shape of medical practice. One notable trend in specialty choice this year was an increased interest in family medicine residency positions; 1,156 (or 7.6 percent) of U.S. medical school seniors matched to one of those positions, up from 7.2 percent last year. The 2008 match results also indicate that plastic surgery, orthopedic surgery, dermatology, otolaryngology, diagnostic radiology, radiation oncology, and general
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