Monday, March 14, 2011

AOA vs. residency match

Recently, I made a post about male/female hotness vs. residency match. I expected a bunch of people to get offended by this, but strangely enough, only like one person said, "Hey, I'm hot and this is offensive!"

Anyway, someone wondered what the correlation might be for AOA (honor) students. So I decided to take a look at this as well for my class:

Junior AOA males (4): Plastic surgery, Radiology, Ortho, Derm

Junior AOA females (1): Gen surgery (but wanted plastics)

AOA females (6): Gen Surgery, Psychiatry, OB/GYN x 2, Anesthesia, Pediatrics

AOA males (8): Anesthesia, Ortho, Derm, IM x 2, Urology, Pediatrics, Otolaryngology

So we can draw the following conclusions:

1) Males are more likely to be AOA

2) AOA males tend to match in more competitive fields than AOA females

3) Medical training is obviously totally sexist.

Also, I found it interesting that I wrote down some guesses for AOA at the end of third year and only 4 out of 15 guesses were correct. I'm not sure what that means.

Anyway, good look on the match!


  1. See, the REAL question is: were the people who got AOA hot.

  2. OMDG: Not all of them, but I'd say a disproportionate number WERE hot. Hmmm....

  3. At my school, the students (gunners, people who were in the library constantly, etc..)I expected to get AOA membership were no where near that list. Instead kids that generally flew under the radar by being unassuming and nice ended up on the list.

    It goes to show you that the gunners of each med school class aren't usually the smart ones, but instead the really insecure ones that feel that they have to compensate in other ways. I feel that the smart kids were usually secure enough in their grades that didn't have to prove themselves to anyone and instead went about helping their classmates.

    *AOA at my school is purely based only on grades.

  4. A friend of mine just went in for surgery and apparently the entirety of the medical professionals that worked on her fell right out of Grey's Anatomy.

  5. I was just fuming about the osteopathic version of AOA, which is Sigma Sigma Phi. I had the grades to make it in, and the service hours, but I lost the popularity contest. At our school, you got voted on in some sort of secret Greek Rush type vote, and I was not voted in, while people with less service hours got in. I was so pissed I didn't reapply for a few years. Now I am a single mom on rotations, can't do the service hours, and I want to be one of those ob/gyn x 2 matchers.

    Sigh. I don't know what the point of this is, except to vent. Wah wah wah. I guess I wasn't hot enough.

  6. Our AOA members were based entirely on grades. Supposedly there was a service component, but I don't believe that based on who was chosen. But grades aren't entirely based on studying in med school, they're based on how much you're liked by attendings/residents. So it's always going to be a popularity contest.