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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This free research tool allows you to research individual residency programs in a number of specialties, compare yourself to previously matched applicants and residents entering a program this year, as well as 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  

It also enables you to compare your application information with previously matched applicants based on:     

  • Work, volunteer, and research experiences 

  • Peer-reviewed publications 

  • USMLE or COMLEX-USA scores 

Residency Explorer includes information about programs in 25 specialties 

  • 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)
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
American Medical Association (AMA)
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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