Number of medical students pursuing surgery specialty drops by half — 28 statistics

Only 4 percent of medical students surveyed in 2018 said their chosen medical specialty is general surgery, compared with 8 percent in 2016, according to Medscape's Medical Student Life & Education Report 2018.

Medscape surveyed 2,365 U.S. medical students.

Here's the breakdown of medical specialties chosen:

1. Internal medicine: 11 percent
2. Emergency medicine: 11 percent
3. Family medicine: 11 percent
4. Pediatrics: 9 percent
5. Psychiatry: 7 percent
6. OB/GYN and women's health: 6 percent
7. Anesthesiology: 5 percent
8. Other: 5 percent
9. General surgery: 4 percent
10. Radiology: 4 percent
11. Orthopedic surgery: 3 percent
12. Specialized surgery: 2 percent
13. Neurology: 2 percent
14. Ophthalmology: 2 percent
15. Cardiology: 2 percent
16. Dermatology: 2 percent
17. Otolaryngology: 2 percent
18. Physical medicine and rehabilitation: 2 percent
19. Urology: 1 percent
20. Neurological surgery: 1 percent
21. Oncology: 1 percent
22. Critical care: 1 percent
23. Orthopedics: 1 percent
24. Gastroenterology: 1 percent
25. Endocrinology: 1 percent
26. Pathology: 1 percent
27. Plastic surgery/aesthetic medicine: 1 percent
28. HIV/infectious diseases: 1 percent

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