Emerging Trends In NRMP’s Main Residency Match Data
The results are in from last year’s NRMP Main Residency Match, and data is proving that 2015 was a momentous year for match. When you consider that prior to 2004 there were several years that saw a decline in applicants, the continuous rise of Match applicants and overall success of the program is commendable.
NRMP President Mona M. Signer stated in a press release that in 2015, “A record 30,035 positions were filled, leaving just 177 positions available after Match Day. That translates into a position fill rate of 99.4 percent.”
The 2015 Match also broke records in several additional categories, and experienced growth around the board. Some of the most notable mentions from the Main Match Results and Data report are the following:
- There were 41,334 total registrants, with an increase of 635 more applicants submitting rank order lists of programs than in 2014.
- 78.4% of matched U.S. seniors were able to match in one of their top 3 choices.
- The report noted a growth in Family Medicine and Internal Medicine, which contributed to a 615 increase in PGY-1 positions.
- Trends are showing that foreign trained physicians may have a greater interest in Internal Medicine. The number has steadily been increasing since 2011, with 67.3% of matched foreign-trained physicians obtaining positions in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, and Pediatrics in 2015.
- The 1,255 offered Obstetrics-Gynecology positions had a 100% fill rate, and 79.8% of those positions were placed with U.S. seniors.
- Osteopathic graduates experienced their highest Match rate in over 30 years, with 79.3% of students/graduates matching a PGY-1 position. It is also of interest that over half of these applicants matched in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, and Pediatrics.
The Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) is a valuable program that helps to match qualified applicants to unfilled positions, and the results of the main Match determines how many positions are available. SOAP statistics from the report include:
- There were 1,306 unfilled positions, with about half (650) being PGY-1 positions in Preliminary Medicine, Preliminary Surgery, and Transitional Year programs.
- 1,193 of available unfilled positions were placed in SOAP, and only 64 remained unfilled.