“It’s nice to see that 80% of the applicants will remain in the U.S. to practice and treat patients,” she says. “That’s a positive sign.”
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Dr. Dua says she is concerned that if enough rheumatology fellowships are not created over the coming years, then rheumatology will not keep pace with increasing excitement and demand, resulting in a reduction in the number of physicians who go into the field.
“If people feel like they can’t get training in the field they want to get into, it’s obviously a negative signal,” she adds. “I think it’s highly critical we get spaces for them.”
Richard Quinn is a freelance writer in New Jersey.
- National Resident Matching Program. Results and data: Specialties matching service 2018 appointment year. 2018.