Intended Audience: MS3-4


  • Key data on each program (e.g., accreditation, # of positions, interview dates, application deadline, etc.) 

  • Includes info on curriculum, call schedule, resident characteristics, # of faculty, etc. 

  • Includes benefit/salary info 

Reliability:  strong – info directly from residency programs through GME Track/National GME Census (online survey by AMA/AAMC) 

Limitations:  Does not necessarily help you evaluate your competitiveness; survey data depends on accuracy of PD self-report; note that full functionality available only to AMA members ($20/year for students) 

Texas STAR


Intended Audience: MS3 and MS4 students 


  • Comprehensive data on student characteristics (e.g., where applied, aways, interviewed, and matched) 

  • Can filter data multiple to determine which programs interviewed applicants with similar characteristics 

Reliability: medium – self-report data from US seniors after Match Day; not all students take survey, so data is not complete; possible that some students did not provide accurate or reliable data 

Limitations:  Missing data can be challenging to interpret – did a particular program not interview anyone similar to you, or did those who got an interview (and were similar to you) not complete the survey? 

Osteopathic Residency Programs

This guidebook was developed by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) to help osteopathic medical students identify programs that are affiliated with colleges of osteopathic medicine.


Source: AAMC ERAS Team 

Intended Audience: MS3 through MS4 students 


  • Helpful guidance on how to complete ERAS application 

  • Includes data on how programs used new features (e.g., new format for describing experiences, program signaling, geographic preferences) 

Reliability:  strong – info directly from ERAS Team 

Limitations: Does not necessarily help you evaluate your competitiveness; does not tell you which specific experiences YOU should include in your application 


Intended Audience: MS1-MS4 

  • MS1/MS2: Understand important research/academic characteristics for a specialty 

  • MS3/MS4: Compare your own data to assess your competitiveness for a specialty 


  • Recent data that can be used to evaluate your competitiveness and to understand recent application patterns in a specialty, including demographic characteristics 

Reliability: strong – info directly from NRMP based on applicant ranking behaviors and application characteristics 

Limitations: Does not include non-NRMP participating specialties; data updated every other year; some data essentially self-report from ERAS (e.g., research experiences); some data from Applicant Survey based on an individual’s personal preferences