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Interesting Statistics regarding IMG residency programs and applicants
Number of programs by specialty.
Specialty Number of programs Number of PGY-1 positions
General Surgery 250 2,216
Family Medicine 463 2,535
Internal Medicine 387 6,802
Pediatrics 201 2,392
Psychiatry 182 1,063
Pathology 151 522
Match 2010 statistical data.
Specialty Number of positions total Unfilled positions % filled by IMGs Avg number of submitted
ERAS® Applications per IMG
General Surgery Preliminary 1,151 473 65.2% 26.9
Family Medicine 2,535 224 57.8% 40.2
Internal Medicine Preliminary 1,880 89 20.0% 12.7
Internal Medicine Categorical 4,922 69 46.5% 37.8
Pediatrics 2,392 66 29.7% 20.0
Psychiatry 1,063 11 38.3% 18.9
Pathology 522 30 38.5%
General Surgery Categorical 1065 5 21.6% 25.9
Total for all specialties 22,427 1,087 34.9% 63.0


29,890 applicants participated in the Match 2010. 18,910 American Medical Graduates and 10,980 IMGs. Only 4,796 IMGs have matched leaving 6,184 for scramble and next year.

IMG Chances in the Scramble
Available residency positions 22,440
US Senior Applicants 15,242
IMG Applicants 15,698
Unfilled positions for the Scramble 1,300
Scrambling US Seniors 703
Unfilled positions left for IMGs 597
Scrambling IMGs 9,117
IMG's chances in the scramble 6.5%

Scramble gets more competitive every year. The main reason is constantly increasing number of well-qualified applicants.

For the last three years 2007-2010
  • Number of IMGs participating in the Scramble has increased by 62%
  • Number of available residency positions has decreased by 33%
  • Average chances to obtain a residency position during the scramble have depreciated from 15% to 6.5%
Two out of three IMGs do not match.
Residency Program Applicants (IMGs vs AMGs)
IMG and AMG match comparison
Residency Program lists by specialties

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