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News and briefs: IMG matches increase in 2012

Residency Program Insider, April 10, 2012

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The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) reports a record number of matches to GME programs in 2012, in part thanks to consistent statistics for international medical graduates (IMGs). The number of IMGs, including Fifth Pathway participants, who matched to PGY-1 residency positions increased by 260 from last year, according to an article from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

Non-U.S. citizen IMG participants had 54 more matches in 2012 after declining the past two years. The IMG participants who are U.S. citizens matched to 218 more positions than in 2011. This continues a nine-year trend of increased matches for IMG U.S. citizens, according to ECFMG.

ECFMG points out that although a smaller percentage of IMG participants matched this year (43.9%, compared to 44.2% in 2011) to PGY-1 positions, a significant number of IMG positions are expected to fill after the matching process.

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