Not only is it hard, but it's expensive- "A total of 408 applicants completed the survey (response rate = 37%). Of these, 312 (76%) matched and 96 (24%) did not match into a US #OrthopedicSurgeryResidency. Of the matched applicants, 300 (96%) were from #USallopathicmedicalschools, 9 (3%) US Osteopathic Schools, and 3 (1%) were international graduates. Males comprised 84% of these applicants whereas 16% were female.
The mean number of programs applied to was 71 (range: 20-140). On average, applicants were offered 16 interviews (range: 1-53) and they attended 11 (range: 0-12). Completing a rotation at a program increased an applicant׳s chances of matching into that program by a factor of 1.5 (60% vs 40%). Of the applicants who #matched, most applicants matched to an #ort#orthopedicresidency in the same region where the applicant attended medical school (58%). The average cost of the application was $1,664 (range: $100-$5,000) whereas the cost of interviews (travel, food, etc.) was $3,656 (range: $15-$20,000). Total expenditures ranged from $450 to $25,000 (mean = $5,415). Over 8% of matched applicants spent >$10,000.
Gaining acceptance into orthopedic surgery residency remains a very competitive process. #Awayrotations appear to correlate strongly with match status; however, the process remains quite expensive for applicants."
PMID: 27184179 DOI: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2016.04.003
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