More than 4,600 DO students and DO graduates participated in the National Resident Matching Program Match this year and, of those, roughly 3,770, or 82%, successfully matched. Both numbers are all-time highs, NRMP noted in a statement.
DO participation grows
In the past four years, DO participation in the NRMP Match is up nearly 69%, and the DO match rate is up 5%. In 2014, about 2,740 DO students and grads submitted rank order lists in NRMP and of those, about 78% matched.
This year, more than 1,600 DO students and graduates participated in the AOA Match, which will cease operating after 2019 due to the transition to a single graduate medical education accreditation system, at which point most DO students and graduates will be matching with the NRMP.
More than 760 positions from programs that were previously accredited by the AOA participated in the NRMP Match this year, a sharp increase from 166 positions last year.
Specialty growth, more couples match together
NRMP saw growth in first-year primary care residency positions offered this year, up 13% from 2014 to nearly 14,700 positions—nearly half of the NRMP’s roughly 30,200 total positions offered, according to an NRMP statement.
Other specialties that saw significant first-year position growth include emergency medicine, psychiatry, neurology and anesthesiology, NRMP noted.
The number of couples choosing to match together with NRMP continues to grow: 1,165 couples participated this year, up from 738 a decade ago. This year, nearly 96% of participating couples matched.