In 1972-1973, there were 51,658 residency positions offered, and 45,081 were filled. Of these, 30,610 were filled by US medical school graduates, and 14,471 were filled by foreign medical graduates.1 It is obvious that the number of residency positions available far exceeds the demand, and if only US graduates are considered the number of positions offered exceeds the need by two thirds. With the great surplus of opportunities, it is no surprise that medical school graduates have been attracted to the more glamorous specialties.
The number of residency positions available depends on a number of factors, none of them clearly related to national needs, and many not clearly related to education. As patient care has become more complex, it has become increasingly desirable to have resident physicians able to cope with the everyday exigencies of hospital patient care. Competent care of a patient who has recently undergone renal transplantation
Leape LL. Residency Training. JAMA. 1974;228(12):1578–1579. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230370060032
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