If you want a career as a diagnostic radiologist, here is how competitive the medical specialty is to match into a diagnostic radiology residency. Diagnostic Radiology is the branch of medicine that involves the use of medical imaging, such as x-rays, CT-scans and MRI to diagnose and sometimes treat a patient.
Statistics on the Diagnostic Radiology Match
In 2020, diagnostic radiology had a total of 1,232 applicants and 1,146 spots. This equates to 1.08 applicants per position. Of the 680 U.S. MD seniors who applied, 32 did not match.
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Osteopathic (DO) Students Matching into Diagnostic Radiology
In 2020, the total number of DO Senior Applicants was 170. Of those, 156 matched, for a 91.76% match percentage. This makes diagnostic radiology a Very Friendly field for osteopathic students.
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International Medical Graduates (IMGs) Matching into Diagnostic Radiology
Because there are only 0.62 U.S. MD applicants per 1 program spot, diagnostic radiology is considered to be Friendly for IMGs students.
Honors, Research and Awards for Diagnostic Radiology Residency Candidates
The average matched U.S. applicant had 6.9 volunteer experiences and 3.3 work experiences. They had 3.8 research experiences and 6.4 abstracts, presentations and publications. That makes this specialty on where the number of publications needed is Medium.
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Average Step 1 and Step 2 Scores for Diagnostic Radiology
The mean U.S. Step 1 score for matched medical students in diagnostic radiology was 241. The mean USMLE Step 2 CK score was 249.
Overall Competitiveness of Diagnostic Radiology Residency and Chances of Matching
The overall competitiveness level of diagnostic radiology is Medium for a U.S. senior. With a Step 1 score of 200, the probability of matching is 60%. With a Step 1 score of >240, the probability is 93%.
How long is a residency in diagnostic radiology? What is the lifestyle like for a diagnostic radiologist resident?
Compared to other residencies, diagnostic radiology has a Long training length. As far as lifestyle, diagnostic radiologists generally have a Low stress lifestyle. Of course, lifestyle is very subjective and if you love what you do, it does not matter! And if you hate what you do, it can still be rough no matter what. In medicine, you should find the specialty that makes you enjoy your everyday interactions with patients, staff and colleagues.
What is the average salary for of a diagnostic radiologist?
The average salary post-graduation from a diagnostic radiology residency is $427,000, provided one does not go on to sub-specialty training which can change the salary substantially. Academic versus private practice as well as location also play a large role in physician compensation.
What are fellowships one can do from a diagnostic radiology residency?
Following the successful completion of general diagnostic radiology residency, some physicians may choose to continue their graduate medical education with subspecialty training. Board-certified subspecialists complete additional training and qualifying examinations beyond those required for board certification in diagnostic radiology. Currently, the American Board of Radiology certifies the following fellowships:
What are the best diagnostic radiology residencies in the country?
The best residency for diagnostic radiology, or any specialty, is very driven by personal preference and situation. How close you are to family, loved ones, the type of training environment, the opportunities available are all things to take into consideration above and beyond name recognition of a program. However, there are some highly regarded names in the world of diagnostic radiology including:
- Johns Hopkins
- Washington University in St Louis
- Mayo Clinic
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
- Yale University
Much of the data above is available from the AAMC Charting the Outcomes report.
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