Glossary for program information
The number of years of training the program is accredited to offer by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
These include required additional training beyond the accredited length of the program, as well as additional experiences that the program offers, but are not required for completion of the program.
The deadline for applications for the next academic year, and the earliest date for which applications will be accepted by the program for the following year.
Beeper or home call is on-call time spent away from the institution.
1/wk = once per week
2/wk = twice per week
3/wk = 3 times per week
4/wk = 4 times per week
>5/wk = 5 or more times per week
q2d = every other night
q3d = every 3rd night
q4d = every 4th night
q5d = every 5th night
q6d = every 6th night
q7d = every 7th night
q8d = every 8th night
q9d = every 9th night
q10d = every 10th night
>q11d = every 11th night or more
NGO = negotiable
OTH = other
The majority of experience does not take place in a university academic medical center, or a hospital with a medical school affiliation.
The majority of experience takes place in a community hospital that is affiliated with an academic medical center, but is not a primary affiliate or is geographically separate from the academic medical center.
Electronic Residency Application Service, by which medical students apply to residency programs through their medical schools; graduates of international medical schools apply through the ECFMG. See www.aamc.org/eras.
Graduate medical education, or medical education training taking place after graduation from medical school.
The year of training in accredited graduate medical education, which may or may not correspond with program year. For example, if a resident has completed training in Internal Medicine, and now is in the first year of a Nephrology programs, the resident would be in his/her 4th Graduate Year, and 1st Program Year.
Track or fellowship that provides special training for a career devoted largely to inpatient care.
Residency and subspecialty programs must be sponsored by an institution. The sponsoring institution assumes the ultimate responsibility for the program. A participating institution is an institution in which residents rotate for a required experience. A clinical site is the institution that functions in many respects as the sponsoring institution in cases of substantial geographic separation from the sponsoring institution.
The date for which all or part of the information appearing for the program was last loaded onto FREIDA Online.
The maximum number of consecutive hours a resident/fellow is allowed to be on duty by the program, generally in the hospital.
The majority of experience takes place in Army, Air Force, Navy, and Uniformed Services institutions.
Moonlighting is allowed by the institution.
The call schedule that will put the resident on call the most frequently per week, and the number of weeks or months per year that schedule will occur.
The NRMP matches medical students and residency programs to optimize the rank ordered choices of students and program directors. The NRMP also conducts matches for fellowship positions in 22 sub-specialties, through its Specialties Matching Services. See www.nrmp.org.
A rotation where residents only work during the nights (eg, 10pm-8am), with minimal or no day-time duties.
The majority of experience takes place in settings that are not university, community, or military based, such as in foundations, blood banks, or cancer centers.
Some programs will allow two residents to "share" one position in the program, or allow the resident to progress through the program at a slower pace, or part-time.
The program provides PDAs (personal digital assistants) without cost to the resident/fellow.
Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), patient or computer simulations are used to provide standardized assessments of residents’ clinical skills.
Positions for residents who are obtaining training required to enter another program or specialty. Preliminary positions are usually 1 year in length, and usually offered for Graduate Year 1. Internal medicine, surgery, and transitional year programs commonly offer preliminary positions.
Track or separate path solely devoted to primary care medicine.
The site that provides the single largest amount of clinical experience for the program.
The number of resident/fellow positions the program has.
The year of training in the specialty.
This ratio is calculated by adding the number of full-time paid physicians to one-half the number of part-time paid physicians, and dividing this sum by the number of positions in the program.
The accredited length of the program, plus any additional training that is required (not optional) by the program.
The program requires training in another specialty prior to entry. Some programs require all residents to have had previous GME, some programs never require previous GME, some programs in special cases will require previous GME for some residents, and some programs may exempt a resident from the requirement.
Research experience rotation occurring while training in the program, not to be confused with a research track/non-accredited fellowship.
A non-accredited research or fellowship year beyond the accredited program length.
Track or separate path solely devoted to rural primary care medicine.
The San Francisco match provides a matching service for several surgical specialties. See www.sfmatch.org.
This examination parallels the specialty’s board certification examination, and is typically used to provide feedback to the program on the resident’s progress.
The date the AMA received the program survey which supplies much of the information about the program on FREIDA Online.
A full 24-hours released from program duties, including call.
The majority of experience takes place in a hospital that serves as a primary affiliate of the medical school.
The USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 may be required by some programs for interview consideration.
Programs that are sponsored by or affiliated with federal agencies, i.e., Air Force, Army, Navy, Public Health Service, and the VA.
Track or fellowship that provides special training in the area of women's health.