Key findings of GME exit survey revealed

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For more than a decade, the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine's Office of Statewide Initiatives has conducted a survey of physicians completing School of Medicine residency and fellowship programs. The Graduate Medical Education (GME) survey assesses the future employment and continuing educational plans of exiting residents and fellows. It also provides information on the educational debt of exiting residents and fellows as well as other factors influencing post-GME location decisions.

Selected key findings of the 2016 Graduate Medical Education Survey are:

  • In 2016, 40.7% of physicians completing residencies and fellowships reported that they will remain in Nevada to begin clinical practice or continue their graduate medical education (GME).
  • Since 2007, 51.2% of exiting residents and fellows remained in Nevada.
  • The average debt of all exiting residents and fellows in 2016 was $170,127.
  • In 2016, 16.7% of physicians completing residencies and fellowships grew up in Nevada.
  • Physicians from Nevada entering clinical practice carry $225,727 in debt.
  • Average debt carried by physicians from Nevada since 2007 is $188,362, lower than the average debt of $199,964 carried by all physicians.


Julie Ardito
Senior Director, Advancement and Engagement
Office: (775) 784-6006

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