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Hope everyone applying this cycle was finally able to submit his/her application. Did not get mine in until this morning despite being ready to go first thing yesterday morning. Oh well.

Not sure how many people saw that they released a new Charting Outcomes:
http://www.nrmp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Charting-Outcomes-2014-Final.pdf
For comparison here is the Charting Outcomes released in 2011:
http://www.nrmp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/chartingoutcomes2011.pdf

Average Step 1 for U.S. seniors matching in Anesthesiology: (average Step 1 for U.S. seniors that matched in any specialty)
2011: 226 (226)
2014: 230 (230)

Average Step 2 for U.S. seniors matching in Anesthesiology: (average Step 2 for U.S. seniors that matched in any specialty)
2011: 235 (235)
2014: 241 (243)

Total number of Anesthesia spots offered:
2011: 1404
2014: 1662

Total number of U.S. seniors matching in Anesthesia:
2011: 1095
2014: 1067

Looks to me like the steps scores have risen at the same rate as the averages have risen. Additionally, while the number of anesthesia spots has grown it looks like those spots are being filled with independent applicants.
 
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Nice thanks for the update. Although from 2011 I believe the average Step 2 for matched U.S. Seniors in anesthesia was 235
 
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Nice thanks for the update. Although from 2011 I believe the average Step 2 for matched U.S. Seniors in anesthesia was 235
Thanks. Even though I double checked the numbers a couple times I guess I still transposed a few. They should be correct now!
 

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Wow. Why is the number of spots in the anesthesia match increasing so much in just 3 years?
 

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o wow, when i took my step 1 last year average was 227.now its even higher..thats interesting...but also kind of sad for me lol.
 

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wow why is anesthesiology getting so competitive!!
I'm not sure it's getting more competitive, but the increasing score averages are just mirroring the rise in scores of the overall applicant pool.
 

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260 spot increase in residency spots... while fewer US grads are matching... not good
 
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o wow, when i took my step 1 last year average was 227.now its even higher..thats interesting...but also kind of sad for me lol.
I am sure that the Step 1 average was 227 last year, but 230 is the average step 1 score of U.S. seniors that matched. Take a 227 average, subtract all the scores of people that did not match and you get 230.
 

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Hope everyone applying this cycle was finally able to submit his/her application. Did not get mine in until this morning despite being ready to go first thing yesterday morning. Oh well.

Not sure how many people saw that they released a new Charting Outcomes:
http://www.nrmp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Charting-Outcomes-2014-Final.pdf
For comparison here is the Charting Outcomes released in 2011:
http://www.nrmp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/chartingoutcomes2011.pdf

Average Step 1 for U.S. seniors matching in Anesthesiology: (average Step 1 for U.S. seniors that matched in any specialty)
2011: 226 (226)
2014: 230 (230)

Average Step 2 for U.S. seniors matching in Anesthesiology: (average Step 2 for U.S. seniors that matched in any specialty)
2011: 235 (235)
2014: 241 (243)

Total number of Anesthesia spots offered:
2011: 1404
2014: 1662

Total number of U.S. seniors matching in Anesthesia:
2011: 1095
2014: 1067

Looks to me like the steps scores have risen at the same rate as the averages have risen. Additionally, while the number of anesthesia spots has grown it looks like those spots are being filled with independent applicants.
Holy crap! 40% out of the Match, up from 20% 3 years ago? That's bad.
 

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I believe US seniors does not include osteopathic seniors for the purposes of this report. I believe they are included with the independent applicants. This, not all independent applicants were outside the match.
 
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I believe US seniors does not include osteopathic seniors for the purposes of this report. I believe they are included with the independent applicants. This, not all independent applicants were outside the match.
I did not think that this was case and thought that D.O. students were included with U.S. seniors but I was wrong. You are correct that osteopathic seniors are included with the independent applicants.

Independent applicants include: (per Charting Outcomes in the Match, 2014, page ii)
  • International medical school students/graduates
  • Previous graduates of an LCME-accredited medical school
  • Canadian medical school students/graduates
  • Osteopathic medical school students/graduates
  • Fifth Pathway program students/graduates
 
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Total number of Anesthesia spots offered:
2011: 1404
2014: 1662

Total number of U.S. seniors matching in Anesthesia:
2011: 1095
2014: 1067

Looks to me like the steps scores have risen at the same rate as the averages have risen. Additionally, while the number of anesthesia spots has grown it looks like those spots are being filled with independent applicants.
Holy crap! 40% out of the Match, up from 20% 3 years ago? That's bad.
As I understand it, most specialties show a similar increase in number of spots. This is artificial, due to the "all-in" rule change by the NRMP which mandated that all of a program's spots be available in the match. Note how IM shows 5407 spots in 2011 and 6859 spots in 2014, for example. That definitely doesn't mean 1400 new IM residency spots were created. In light of that, I don't understand what you mean by "40% out of the match", FFP. In 2011 there were likely around 1600 or so anesthesia spots, of which 1404 were offered in the match. 1095 were filled by US grads, 242 by "independent applicants", and about 250 filled outside the match. In 2014, no positions were offered outside the match.

Also, note that independent applicants include residents reapplying from another specialty (i.e. "previous LCME graduates") as well as DO's/FMG. It seems to me that anesthesia attracts a disproportionate number of "previous graduates" who want to switch specialties. To summarize, I'm not seeing this as evidence that anesthesia has become significantly less popular or competitive for US MD grads.
 

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Wish they had data separated for each type of independent applicant (particularly, for DO students).
 

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What I find interesting is that their were 1.1 applicants per position. That doesn't indicate a high level of interest or competitiveness. Plus it had the highest match rate for independent applicants from all specialties.