Residency Explorer™ Tool

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As you begin the residency application process, you can use the Residency Explorer™ tool to work out which programs you like best.

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The Residency Explorer tool is a free research tool allows you to research individual residency programs in a number of specialties and explore program characteristics across many areas of interest. 

Why Use Residency Explorer? 

Residency Explorer is the only tool that combines the data from six organizations in one location:  

  • Original, source-verified data from the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®), National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), and National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME).   

  • Residency applicant data from the ERAS® system. 

  • Residency program information from GME Track Survey and ACGME.    

New for the 2025 ERAS Season

We are thrilled to share several exciting updates and improvements for the upcoming 2025 residency application cycle. Beginning Aug. 1, 2024, applicants will find:  

  • Interview Data: Applicants can compare themselves to past applicants who received interview invitations from the programs they are researching.
  • New Data on Program Signals and Geographic Alignment: Applicants will now be able to see interview invitation rates of applicants who used Program Signal or had Geographic Alignment at the program level.
  • Personalized Profile Comparison:Applicants will be able to explore a program’s alignment with their personal needs and career interests by selecting program characteristics important to their residency training.

Residency Explorer includes information about programs in 25 specialties

Find information about programs in:

  • Anesthesiology. 
  • Child Neurology. 
  • Dermatology. 
  • Emergency Medicine. 
  • Family Medicine. 
  • Internal Medicine — Preliminary & Categorical Tracks. 
  • Internal Medicine/Pediatrics. 
  • Interventional Radiology — Integrated.
  • Neurodevelopmental Disabilities.
  • Neurological Surgery. 
  • Neurology. 
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology. 
  • Orthopaedic Surgery. 
  • Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery. 
  • Pathology-Anatomic and Clinical. 
  • Pediatrics. 
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 
  • Plastic Surgery — Integrated. 
  • Psychiatry. 
  • Radiation Oncology. 
  • Radiology (Diagnostic). 
  • Surgery (General) — Preliminary & Categorical Tracks. 
  • Thoracic Surgery — Integrated. 
  • Transitional Year. 
  • Vascular Surgery — Integrated.

The Residency Explorer tool is intended to help you develop a list of programs you are interested in applying to. We encourage you to consult with your Designated Dean’s Office (DDO) as you research programs. Note: The tool does not advise you where to apply or predict whether you will match to a residency program.    

Questions? Please submit them via the Residency Explorer Contact Form

Sponsoring organizations

  • American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)
  • Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
  • American Medical Association (AMA)
  • Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)
  • Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB)
  • National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®)
  • National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME)
  • National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) 

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Supporting the Transition to Residency

The transition to residency is a time of critical importance in a medical student’s journey to become a physician. The AAMC is developing tools and information to better support students, their advisors, and program directors during this phase.

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Advisors: Advise Smart

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Program Directors: Select Smart

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