November 8, 2017
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) has released its annual residency placement report, which charts 2016-17 graduates’ residency attainment, including performance in the Main Residency Match®. That system, used by allopathic, osteopathic, and international medical school graduates, placed nearly 28,000 physicians into PGY-1 residency positions across the United States.
For the ninth consecutive year, more than 80% of AUC’s first-time eligible graduates earned residency positions. AUC's PGY-1 residency attainment rate was 84.4%*.
In total, 274 AUC graduates secured residency positions this year. The majority (232) were first-time eligible graduates, many of whom earned a position through the NRMP Main Match.
PGY-1 and PGY-2 graduates obtained residencies in 20 different specialties, including competitive fields like anesthesiology, vascular surgery, and child neurology, and the new combined specialty of emergency medicine/family medicine. This year saw an increase in radiology, family medicine, and preliminary surgery positions compared to years past.
AUC’s PGY-1 and PGY-2 footprint extended across 34 US states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. New York state welcomed the largest number of graduates (58) while Michigan (25), Florida (22), and Pennsylvania (17) followed close behind. This year saw an increase in residency placements in California, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
Graduates who want to practice back home can and do—in fact, 78 graduates secured residencies in their home state.
The report also looks at AUC’s role in addressing the US primary care workforce shortage, which is projected to reach up to 35,600 physicians by 2025. Graduates from international medical schools like AUC are critical to filling that gap. This year, more than 230 AUC graduates entered US residency programs, with more than a third of them in primary care specialties (family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology).
“Every year AUC graduates enter fellowship programs on the way to sub-specializing, but many more go into fields like internal medicine, family medicine, and pediatrics and build long-standing careers there,” said Dr. Heidi Chumley, Executive Dean of AUC. “As one who trained in family medicine, this makes me very proud.”
Read the full report, including trends across specialties and geographic regions, here.
*As of 9/5/17