Match math

Residency Program Insider, March 28, 2014

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Was the 2014 Match a boon for applicants, or evidence of the shortage of residency positions? It depends on who’s crunching the numbers.

On Friday, as medical students were opening their white envelopes and Tweeting about Match Day Celebrations, the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) released preliminary data about the 2014 Match.
This year, residency programs offered 29,671 first- and second-year positions in the Match. According to the NRMP, that’s a record high number of positions in the Match and 500 more than were offered in 2013.
At the same time, the number of fourth-year U.S. medical students registering for the Match dropped. This year, 89 fewer U.S. medical seniors registered for the Match and 113 fewer submitted rank order lists, a trend NRMP Executive Director Mona M. Signer said was a surprise. With more positions and fewer applicants, a higher percentage of applicants matched into programs in all key groups.
However, the Association of American Medical Colleges released a statement Friday suggesting that it appeared that “several hundred” U.S. medical seniors did not match, according to its preliminary analysis of the 2014 Match data.

“We remain concerned that the 17-year cap on federal support of new doctor training will impede the necessary growth in residency positions that must occur to ensure that our growing and aging population will receive the care it needs,” AAMC President and CEO Darrell J. Kirch said in statement.


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