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Residency Program Insider, March 23, 2021

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Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a record number of medical school students and graduates applied for a residency positions this year, according to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

This year, 48,700 applicants registered for the Match, an 8.3% increase from last year, in hopes of getting one of the 38,106 total positions available. The total position fill rate was 94.9%, a 2.6% increase from last year.  

The NRMP noted that concerns that virtual recruitment would negatively impact applicants for PGY-1 position did not pan out. A record-high of 19,866 U.S. allopathic medical school seniors submitted rank ordered lists of programs this year, a 2.8% increase from last year. Likewise, a record-high of 7,101 U.S. osteopathic medical school seniors submitted rank ordered lists, a 7.9% increase from last year.

The number of international medical graduates (IMG) who submitted rank ordered lists also increased over 2020. This year, 5,295 U.S. citizen IMGs submitted list, the highest in six years, with 59.5% matching to first-year positions. Meanwhile, 7,943 non-U.S. citizen IMGs submitted lists, a 15% increase over 2020, with 54.8% matching to first-year positions.

Source: NRMP



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