Nearly every fourth-year medical student dreams of matching into their first-choice residency program and specialty. This may be more likely to happen at certain medical schools, according to U.S. News & World Report, which recently published a list of the top 10 U.S. medical schools with the highest first-choice residency placements. The list includes three osteopathic medical schools.
The highest reported first-choice residency placement rate for an osteopathic school was Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, which has campuses in Virginia, South Carolina and Alabama, and reported a first-choice residency placement rate of 87.4% of students. West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Maine both had more than 60% of their students match into their first-choice programs as well.
Here’s the full top 10 list with each medical school’s first-choice residency placement rate:
|School||2016 graduates admitted to their first-choice residency||2016 graduates who applied for a residency||Percent admitted to their first choice|
|Case Western Reserve University||188||193||97.4%|
|Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine—Virginia, Carolinas & Auburn||291||333||87.4%|
|University of Connecticut||63||80||78.8%|
|University of California—San Diego||95||131||72.5%|
|Mayo Clinic School of Medicine||47||68||69.1%|
|Texas A&M Health Science Center||124||193||64.2%|
|West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine||113||184||61.4%|
|University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine||71||118||60.2%|
Note: U.S. News assembled this list by surveying its 170 ranked medical schools; only 26 schools provided first-choice residency placement data, and the list above is the top 10 of those 26 schools. To learn more, view the full U.S. News list.
More U.S. News rankings
Earlier this year, The DO reported on the eight osteopathic medical schools that landed on U.S. News’ lists of the best medical schools. You can find more analysis on how these schools are innovating in the areas in which they ranked here.