Just curious if anyone else has noticed the trend where it seems like every specialty is "more competitive" this year, ie meaning an increase in # of applications per students, program directors, etc. I've just been noticing that on several forums, specifically anesthesia, OB, and IM, they are all talking about how this year seems to be "more competitive." Then, for other specialties such as general surgery, ENT, ophtho, EM, derm, rads, etc., no one is necessarily talking about things being more competitive, but it seems like the same level of demand/competitiveness as previous years. On the interview trail, I've even heard that the number of Psych applicants at various schools has gone up considerably (double the usual number). If this is truly the case, what is actually "not competitive" right now? FP??? And in that case, does that mean the number of FP applicants has dropped drastically (since the supposed increased number of applicants in certain fields must have come from somewhere). Anyways, I'm just curious what other people's thoughts are. Personally, I'm not sure that I really buy the fact that so many fields have become increasingly competitive this year, since at least the number of US grads stays pretty constant year to year. Are people just applying that much more widely (to a minimum of 25 programs when maybe the minimum used to be 15?). Or is this just the annual hype that I'm not used to? Thoughts? Ideas?