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Med schools with the most first-choice residency placements: 6 DO schools in top 10

DO schools lead the way, filling more than half of this year’s top 10 ranking from U.S. News and World Report. See who made the list.

Editor’s note: The DO has been made aware of an error in the original US News article regarding one of the DO schools on the original top 10 list. That school’s information has been removed from this article, and a clarification note provided by its administration is posted at the bottom of this story.

Nearly finished with medical school, fourth-years set their eyes on the prize: A spot in a good residency program in their desired specialty.

According to a list published by U.S. News & World Report, the following medical schools are leading the way, helping more of their graduates secure their top-choice residency positions.

Here’s US News’ list of the top medical schools with the highest percentage of first-choice residency placements:
School 2017 graduates admitted to their first-choice residency 2017 graduates who applied for a residency Percent admitted to their first choice
Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine  75 131 57.3 %
Eastern Virginia Medical School 83 138 60.1%
University of California – Irvine 58 96 60.4%
East Tennessee State University 46 71 64.8%
University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine 84 116 72.4%
William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine  71 92 77.2%
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine 145 181 80.1%
Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine 178 212 84%
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine—Virginia, Carolinas and Auburn 321 345 93%

Note: U.S. News assembled this list by surveying its 177 ranked medical schools; only 23 schools provided first-choice residency placement data. To learn more, view the full U.S. News list.

Clarification from Nova Southeastern University (NSU): On March 21, 2018, U.S. News and World Report printed a story titled “10 Med Schools That Lead to Top-Choice Residencies.” In that article, U.S. News and World Report states that every medical school graduate in the class of 2017 at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) matched with their first-choice residency program; this statement is inaccurate. Due to a clerical error in transmission, when completing the U.S. News and World Report survey for the 2019 Best Medical Schools research and primary care rankings, NSU inadvertently included a 100% match rate for all Class of 2017 medical school graduates with their first-choice residency program. While NSU has identified that 100% of the medical school graduates in the Class of 2017 were matched with a residency program, NSU does not maintain data on the number of graduates that were matched with their first-choice residency program.

Further reading

Get ready for residency: 2019 Match timeline

5 ways to avoid failing to match

One comment

  1. William G. Hoehn D.O.

    As far as pay while still in training, as Interns we received about $1.25 per hour and worked some 36 hour shifts.

    The generation before me (KCOM & KOH-1957-& ’58—yes with Max), received no pay.

    The generation before that paid for the privilege of the training!

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