Purchase this article with an account.
Allison R. Loh, Damien Joseph, Jeremy D. Keenan, Thomas M. Lietman, Ayman Naseri; International Medical Graduates and the Ophthalmology Residency Match. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2012;53(14):1401.
Download citation file:
© ARVO (1962-2015); The Authors (2016-present)
Residency selection is an important process for residents and residency program directors. Little data exists on what predicts successful matching in a residency program. The purpose of this study is to examine the characteristics of international medical students applying for ophthalmology residency and evaluate predictors of successful matching.
We conducted a retrospective cohort study of international medical students who applied to an ophthalmology residency program from 2003-2008 through the SFMATCH program. We assessed for predictors of matching to an ophthalmology program including USMLE score and number of applications. The primary outcome was successful matching to a US ophthalmology residency training program.
There were 1101 ophthalmology residency applicants who graduated from a medical school outside of the United States. From 2003-2008, 170 of 1101 applicants matched (15%) (Table 1). The countries with the highest number of applicants were India (259), Caribbean (115), China (60), Iran (58), and Egypt (43). In a univariate analysis using number of applications as a predictor, each 10-unit increase in the number of applications submitted was associated with an nearly 3-fold increase in odds of matching (OR=2.9, P<.0001). The average USMLE Step 1 score of applicants who matched was 221 and the average USMLE Step 1 score of applicants who did not match was 213 (p<.0001). In a univariate analysis using USMLE Step 1 score as a predictor of matching, each 10-unit increase in USMLE Step 1 score was associated with an 18% increase in odds of matching. Figure 1 plots the USMLE score and the probability of matching
Applicants from international medical schools represent a varied and important part of the applicant pool to U.S. ophthalmology residency training programs. Higher USMLE step 1 score and increased number of applications are associated with an increase in odds of matching.
This PDF is available to Subscribers Only