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Ophtho match statistics

Discussion in 'Clinical Rotations' started by task, May 21, 2002.

  1. task

    task Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Nov 30, 2001
    Anybody have match info regarding the Ophtho match this year regarding #s applied/#s matched/avg. matched USMLE score/svg. unmatched USMLE score. Thanks.
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  3. amanda

    amanda New Member

    May 17, 2002
    I, too, am interested in ophtho statistics. Also, in general, how competitive is Ophtho?
  4. Toadkiller Dog

    Toadkiller Dog Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    May 31, 2001
    Optho is part of the "Early Match", and has traditionally been a very competitive specialty to get into. Generally, the match rate (US MD seniors) has been around 83%, with board scores around 225.

    During the mid-90's 'primary care' rush, it took a dip in popularity and for a while was fairly easy to get into. Because of this, some books (Iserson's, First Aid for the Match) still have it listed as a specialty of only moderate difficulty to enter. However, since 1999, it has been back into the double-digit unmatch rates (15-20%), and board scores were on the rise.

    The early match website <a href="," target="_blank">,</a> used to have a *great* statistics page for all of its programs, but in the past 6 months or so they have removed it. Apparently this sort of "specialty ranking" is being discouraged, as the NRMP hasn't released any of their data either for the past 2 years. I guess they would prefer to see more of us waste our time on specialties we can never get into....

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