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Residency Program Insider, March 15, 2019

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A record number of medical school students and graduates applied for residency positions this year, according to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). More than 38,000 applicants competed for 35,185 positions. The number of first-year positions also hit a new record of 32,194, almost 2,000 more than last year. One of the reasons for the increase in positions was osteopathic programs joining the Main Residency Match as part of their transition to ACGME accreditation, states the NRMP.

Nearly half of first-year positions offered this year were in primary care specialties. About 96% of those positions were filled during the Match. Family Medicine programs offered 4,107 positions, 39% of which were filled with U.S. allopathic seniors. This year was the first year since 2009 that the number of U.S. allopathic seniors matching to family medicine has decreased; however, a record number 986 osteopathic students and graduates matched in family medicine, accounting for 26% of all applicants who matched to the specialty.

The number of U.S. osteopathic medical school students and graduates who submitted program choices also was a record high 6,000, an increase of 1,384 over 2018.  Of those 85% matched to PGY-1 positions. Since 2015, the number of U.S. osteopathic medical school students and graduates seeking positions has risen by 3,052, a 103% increase. As part of that transition to a single accreditation system, February was the final AOA Match.

Source: NRMP

 



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