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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.

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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

  1. Internal medicine – 3.4 million total views of 592 residency programs

  2. Family medicine – 1.3 million total views of 704 residency programs

  3. Surgery-general – 559,000 total views of 345 residency programs

  4. Pediatrics – 545,000 total views of 209 residency programs

  5. Obstetrics and gynecology – 502,000 total views of 296 residency programs

  6. Psychiatry – 370,000 total views of 285 residency programs

  7. Anesthesiology – 330,000 total views of 162 residency programs

  8. Emergency medicine – 269,000 total views of 276 residency programs

  9. Neurology – 229,000 total views of 169 residency programs

  10. Radiology-diagnostic – 204,000 total views of 197 residency programs

  11. Pathology-anatomic and clinical – 157,000 total views of 144 residency programs

  12. Orthopaedic surgery – 126,000 total views of 201 residency programs

  13. Transitional year – 99,000 total views of 172 residency programs

  14. Physical medicine and rehabilitation – 90,000 total views of 99 residency programs

  15. Dermatology – 74,000 total views of 142 residency programs

  16. Urology – 67,000 total views of 146 residency programs

  17. Internal medicine/pediatrics – 56,000 total views of 78 residency programs

  18. Otolaryngology-head and neck surgery – 48,000 total views of 125 residency programs

  19. Neurological surgery – 45,000 total views of 115 residency programs

  20. Ophthalmology – 45,000 total views of 124 residency programs

 

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