Between aging baby boomers requiring more medical attention for chronic conditions and millions of Americans gaining access to medical care under the Affordable Care Act, the country’s need for primary care physicians has never been greater. The osteopathic medical profession is doing its part to meet this need as half of AOA Match participants choose residencies in primary care.
Of the 3,050 current and recent graduates who participated in the AOA Intern/Resident Registration Program, 74% successfully matched for a total of 2,255 placements.
Primary care accounted for 50% of all matches with a total of 1,183 placements. Non-primary care specialties accounted for the remaining 1,072 positions.
Other highlights of the AOA Match results, which were released Feb. 8, include:
- 77 applicants matched in obstetrics and gynecology, up from 74 matches in 2015.
- 65 applicants matched into pediatrics, up 27% from last year.
- Psychiatry matched 54 applicants, an increase of 31% from last year.
- 118 applicants matched into orthopedic surgery, up 9% from last year.
The other half of the Class of 2016 awaits the results of the MD Match, to be announced March 14.