To anyone who can respond: I always thought that getting into med school would be the toughest challenge as far as becoming a doctor, but now I realize that is wrong. Getting into a residency program, ANY residency program seems to be much tougher than just getting admitted to med school. I'm still a premed and just browsed around looking at different residency programs. Every single one of them has literally hundreds and hundreds of applicants and offers maybe 6 spots at the most. My question is, how is it that the majority of med school grads get into residencies with competition so high? It seems to me that the number of available residency spots is far below the number of med school grads that apply to them every year. Even in the less competitive areas, like rural areas have an extraordinary number of applicants every year. So, is this misleading or is getting into a residency program really that competitive? I've looked at dozens of programs in differenct specialties in different areas of the country, and the LEAST competitive one had around 250 applicants for 3 spots every year. It just seems to me that only 10% of all med school grads would be accepted to a residency program if its as competitive as the numbers say. Please tell me it aint so!