Residency

New Match statistics released

Residency Program Insider, August 25, 2009

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The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) released a new report that looks at the characteristics of applicants who were matched to their first-ranked program during the 2009 Match.

According to the report, Charting Outcomes in the Match, applicants who are successful in matching to their preferred specialty are more likely to:

  • Rank more programs within their preferred specialty
  • Be graduating seniors from U.S. allopathic medical schools
  • Have higher USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 scores
  • Be members of AOA

According to the report, programs take a variety of factors into consideration when choosing applicants. For example, despite the high correlation between USMLE scores and applicants matching to their preferred specialty, not all high scorers matched into their first choice. This indicates that other personal characteristics and other application materials are considered and weighted by programs when selecting candidates.

To see the full report, including specialty specific information, click here.



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