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Residency Program Insider, May 2, 2014

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While the competition for GME positions in the United States is getting tougher, it’s not a tight squeeze yet, according to Edward Salsberg, a healthcare workforce researcher.
 
Salsberg investigated the “GME squeeze,” the idea that the number of U.S. medical school graduates will soon outpace the country’s residency positions, in a recent Health Affairs blog post. He found that the number of first-year residency positions still far exceeds the number of U.S. Medical school graduates. In 2014, the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) offered a total of 29,666 residency positions, compared to 22,300 U.S. graduating seniors, according to Salsberg.
 
However, the hundreds of U.S. medical school graduates who did not match this year is still cause for concern, Salsberg says. He suggests examining possible root causes, such as applicants who only rank competitive specialty training programs, programs that prefer international medical graduates, and whether modifications to the Match would reduce the number of unmatched graduates.



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