Each year as medical students prepare for Match, the sizable task of researching specialties and programs awaits. Any path to slimming the list of options can make the process less daunting. This exclusive user data reveals which medical specialties are getting the most attention when your peers weigh their residency program options. To get you started within a specialty, each link takes you to a list of the 10 most-viewed programs for that specialty.
Rankings are based on user activity on FREIDA™ from Jan.1–Dec. 31, 2021. To qualify for this analysis, users must have searched by specialty and applied a state or region filter. FREIDA™, the AMA Residency & Fellowship Database®, allows medical students to search for a residency or fellowship from more than 12,000 programs—all accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
In 2021, FREIDA users tallied more than 8.5 million views of residency programs. With this collection, we share the 20 specialties that rose to the top for user interest based on total views to specialty programs.
Most popular medical specialties of 2021