It’s a match

DO Match Day produces nearly 1,200 primary care residents

Primary care specialties account for 54% of matches, with emergency medicine leading specialty placements.


More than half of the participants who matched today will carry on the osteopathic medical profession’s legacy of providing service to patients in primary care careers.

Over 3,000 graduating students and new DOs participated in this year’s AOA match, with 73% successfully matching into residency programs.

The top matched specialties are:

  1. Family medicine, 610 applicants matched.
  2. Internal medicine, 527 matches.
  3. Emergency medicine, 306 applicants matched.
  4. General surgery, 148 matches.
  5. Orthopedic surgery, 119 applicants matched.

In all, 1,026 positions were filled in non-primary care specialties and 895 residencies were not filled through the initial match process. Historically, many of these positions are filled after today’s match announcement.

“It is clear that osteopathic-focused clinical training is very important to a large number of our graduating DOs,” says AOA President Boyd R. Buser, DO. “The values of osteopathic medicine, such as whole-person care and a tradition of serving patients in areas with physician shortages, matter deeply to our newest physicians, who have an unprecedented number of choices for their specialty training.”

Most physicians practice where they train, so ensuring that high-quality residencies are not concentrated in already well-served urban areas is critical to providing access to care, Dr. Buser adds.

View the AOA Match results to learn more.


  1. James Taylor, DO

    Congratulations to all those residents who matched, both primary and care and non-primary care. There are several fine osteopathic physicians in primary care as well as specialty fields, and I believe representation in both is important.

  2. Harriet A. Fellows, DO, FACN

    Congrats to those who matched. Good luck to those who are bound to match. For both groups, it doesn’t matter where you match; it matters how you do once you are there.

  3. BHgh

    73% of 3000 students equal 2190 students matched. That means of course that 810 students did not match. Article says that 895 residencies were not filled. So the 810 students who did not match can wrestle over the 810 programs that in an absolute sellers market could not sell (i.e. fill/match) their programs. So sorry for those 810 students left to train in those lesser programs. They paid their tuition and now are left to fill the carrion of training program landscape. So sad.

  4. Paul Sucgang

    I agree with the comment. It doesn’t matter where you match. It matters what you learn where you train! You will all be fine doctors one day. You have all sacrificed a lot to get here. Good luck to you all!

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