How Competitive Is The Internal Medicine-Emergency Medicine Combined Residency?

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Does anyone know how competitive the Internal Medicine-Emergency Medicine residency's are compared to just Emergency Medicine alone? Any information is appreciated. Thanks.


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It's hard to say. There are about nine programs, each taking two residents/year (except christiana -- 3, and downstate ny -- ?6?); at one program last year, between 80-100 applications were received for the two spots.

I don't know what that means. When I applied, I applied to most of the combined programs, and used emergency med programs as backup (some combined people used im as backup). I applied to enough programs to get 10-15 interviews total.

I think that the question, although valid, shouldn't change your strategy for application. If you want to be im/em, apply for it, and apply backup, regardless of how competitive you feel your application will be.

That being said, it is MAJORLY self-selective. Most people DON'T want to do it because it involves five years. And because em folk generally don't like rounding/having a beeper/Eternal medicine..