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Subspecialties attract IM residents

An occasional snapshot of current facts and trends in medicine.

Quick View. Posted Sept. 18, 2006

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The number of internal medicine residents who plan to subspecialize continued to grow in 2005.

Subspecialty choices (2005)
General internal medicine 2,724 15.8%
Cardiology 2,232 12.9%
Gastroenterology 1,473 8.5%
Hematology/oncology 1,297 7.5%
Hospital medicine 1,122 6.5%
Pulmonary/critical care 1,013 5.9%
Nephrology 945 5.5%
Endocrinology 689 4.0%
Infectious diseases 596 3.5%
Pediatrics 591 3.4%
Rheumatology 424 2.5%
Geriatrics 156 0.9%
Undecided career 2,116 12.3%
Undecided IM specialty 906 5.3%
Other IM specialty 563 3.3%
Other career (not IM) 411 2.4%

Declining reimbursement, long hours and the desire for a greater work-life balance are among reasons experts cite for this trend, according to data from the Internal Medicine In-Training Examination, a one-day exam to assess residents' progress.

Source: Insight, Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine

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