Report ranks top residency programs--see how yours stacks up


Where are the top residency programs in the country? A new ranking based on a large physician survey lists the top 10 programs for 20 specialties. 

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Physician network Doximity and U.S. News & World Report surveyed more than 17,000 U.S. physicians evaluating 3,691 residency training programs based on more than 50,000 peer nominations. The survey asked each physician to name up to five residency programs in their specific medical specialty that offer the best clinical training.

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After weighing each nomination to account for regional differences in response rates and the proportion of physicians who are Doximity users, the network ranked the top 10 programs in each specialty for its new Residency Navigator tool.

Some highlights include:

  • Family practice. At the top of the list are Ventura County Medical Center, University of Washington and John Peter Smith Hospital.
  • Emergency medicine. The best rankings were given to Indiana University School of Medicine, University of Cincinnati Medical Center and the University of Southern California.
  • Pediatrics. Listed best of class are Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Children’s Hospital/Boston Medical Center and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center/University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

The University of California–San Francisco placed in the top 10 lists for 16 medical specialties and was ranked No. 1 in three of those specialties. Johns Hopkins University placed in the top 10 lists for 14 specialties and was ranked No. 1 in four specialties.

The Residency Navigator tool is free to browse by specialty. 

Looking into residency program possibilities? The AMA’s FREIDA Online tool allows medical students to search graduate medical education (GME) programs and narrow down their choices.