Here in Mexico there is a similar exam to the USMLE, who is proposed to select those medicine graduated into residents to get a speciality.
This exam is called “Examen Nacional de Aspirantes a Residencias MÃ©dicas – ENARM” (National Exam of Aspirings to Medical Residences). This exam was on September 3rd and 4th this year, it consists in 700 multiple option questions, of wich 600 evaluate medical knowledge (clinical vignette questions), and 100 evaluate understanding capacity of english-based medical texts. The results was published yesterday. There were 22,985 aspirings for 4,299 vacant places in 22 specialities.
Public and private institutions offer main specialities as follows (annual and national offers):
- Anatomic Pathology (54 places)
- Anesthesiology (420 places)
- General Surgery (460 places)
- Audiology and phoniatrics (19 places)
- Epidemiology-Public Health (25 places)
- Medical Genetics (16 places)
- Obstetrics & Gynecology (422 places)
- Sports Medicine (7 places)
- Rehabilitation Medicine (56 places)
- Occupational Medicine (58 places)
- Family & Primary Care Medicine (724 places)
- Internal Medicine (607 places)
- Legal & Forensics Medicine (10 places)
- Nuclear Medicine(12 places)
- Ophtalmology (102 places)
- Traumatology and Orthopedics (229 places)
- Otorhinolaryngology (73 places)
- Clinical Pathology (17 places)
- Pediatrics (531 places)
- Psychiatrics (86 places)
- Radiology (156 places)
- Emergency Medicine (183 places)
That give us a number of 18.7% of selected residents-to be, of the total population of aspirings. That’s sounds BAD. I don’t know the facts and numbers of the USMLE, but i think it’s much easier to get a residency at USA, by far.
Congratulations to all my dear colleagues that had approved this important part of our careers. I’m very proud of you guys!
Jon Mikel IÃ±arritu, M.D.