Originally Posted by flatearth22
The problem with this finding is that there's definitely some self-selection going on. The people trying out for FM aren't as competitive, on average, as the people trying out for EM. So while it is true that EM was the "easiest" to match into this year numbers-wise it doesn't really tell you much else. For example, how would someone with average FM stats fair in the EM match? Probably not as well as someone with average EM stats in the FM match. It's also interesting to hear accounts like these:
Just as an aside comment of the personal stories you mentioned, the first thing to come to mind is that these people interview horribly... which would make getting into any specialty difficult.