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Do medical schools publish the number of students who take research years? I see that many schools post match rates and then match lists, but is there any way to determine how many students opted to forego the match for research? (That is, beyond trying to find the class size and then counting the students who match to determine the remainder, assuming nobody left the program). Also, when looking at a match list, does it include students who graduated from that school the previous year and then took a research year?
 
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no not usually published data. And some schools do include students from previous years in their match list, but it might be school specific.
 

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Do medical schools publish the number of students who take research years? I see that many schools post match rates and then match lists, but is there any way to determine how many students opted to forego the match for research? (That is, beyond trying to find the class size and then counting the students who match to determine the remainder, assuming nobody left the program). Also, when looking at a match list, does it include students who graduated from that school the previous year and then took a research year?
I think most take research year before graduating.
 
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Are you saying that the majority of medical school students don't finish in four years?
No, those who wants to do additional research do it before graduating ie gap year while in medical school not after.
 

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Are you saying that the majority of medical school students don't finish in four years?

Between 81%-84% percent consistently graduate in 4 years (MD only) with 94%-95% (MD Only) graduating in 5 years or less.
October 2020 Graduation Rates and Attrition Rates of U.S. Medical Students

There isnt good data on why leave of absence (LOA) whether personal, research, etc. Additionally many schools leave a student enrolled who engages in a year of research. Other schools require research or other project as part of curriculum that may be summer program.May 2014 Graduation Rates and Attrition Factors for U.S. Medical School Students

A better question would be how many graduating medical students engaged in research.

Medical School Graduation Questionnaire - 2020 All Schools Summary Report
Students Increasingly Engaged in Research and Education Activities:
The share of 2020 medical school graduates who indicated they had participated in a research project with a faculty
member was 82.5%, compared to 80.9% in 2019 and 74.1% in 2016. Graduates from the class of 2020 were more
likely than past graduates to report authoring a peer-reviewed article submitted for publication (55.1%, compared to
54.0% in 2019) and authoring a peer-reviewed poster or oral presentation (63.4%, compared to 60.6% in 2019).
 
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Are you saying that the majority of medical school students don't finish in four years?
I am pretty sure what he was saying is a non-sequitur, because you are talking about two different things.

He is talking about people voluntarily taking a research year while in school, while you are talking about people taking an involuntary research year because they didn't match! And what he's saying, which is irrelevant to your question, is that most people who do an extra year of research do it as an additional year while in school, and not as a gap year after school because they didn't match. Not that most people don't graduate in 4 years.

In other words, they are the rock stars gunning for hyper competitive specialties, who need the extra research and publications, not people forced into it because they didn't match. Apples and oranges. :)
 
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