Family medicine and internal medicine dominate the 2018 AOA Match with more than half of participants matching into these specialties.
Over 2,500 graduating students and new DOs participated in this year’s AOA Match, with 65.7% successfully matching into residency programs.
The top matched specialties are:
|Specialty||2018 Total Number Matched||Percentage of Total Match by Specialty|
In all, 580 positions were filled in non-primary care specialties and over 700 positions were not filled through the initial match process. Historically many of these positions are filled after today’s match announcement.
Residencies moving, not disappearing
The AOA, American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) are in the third year of a five-year transition to a single accreditation system for graduate medical education. To date, nearly half of all osteopathic training programs have transitioned to ACGME accreditation with the majority expected to complete the process by the end of 2020.
DOs currently have a choice between multiple systems for post-graduate education. In the single accreditation system, most DO and MD students will join in a unified National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), in which participants will have the opportunity to choose residency programs that received “osteopathic recognition.”
View the AOA Match results to learn more.