Congratulations, you matched!

DO Match day produces nearly 1,000 primary care residents

Emergency medicine, general surgery and orthopedic surgery lead non-primary care specialty placements.


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
Family Medicine 503 30%
Internal Medicine 426 25%
Emergency Medicine 158 9%
General Surgery 118 7%
Orthopedic Surgery 115 7%
Other Specialties 360 22%

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.

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If at first you don’t match, what’s next?

One comment

  1. Leonard Schuchman, DO, MPH

    Let us not be so congratulatory. The total number of graduates for 2018 is 7123. As per your own figures (see, only 27.4% of all Osteopathic graduates are headed for Osteopathic post-graduate training. Even if the other graduates that entered the match still end up in an Osteopathic training program, a full 60.2% are headed for the Allopathic world (and they rarely look back). Sounds like a failure of the schools and the profession.

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