NRMP Match results: DO students participate and match in record numbers

In the past four years, DO participation in the NRMP Match is up nearly 69%, and the DO match rate is up 5%.

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.

To learn more, see Match coverage from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine and Match data from NRMP.

More stories about the Match:

Match Day: How students landed their first- and second-choice residency slots

You’ve matched—congrats! Here’s how to prepare for your residency or internship

Moving 411: Saving money on your post-Match or post-residency move

One comment

  1. J. Ross Tanner, D.O. FACP

    I wonder if the D.O.s in the new combined match program will have a higher match perecentage. Compare M.D.s who have matched. I hope they are comparable. I know this was eventually coming with the osteopathic hospitals a thing of the past. Dual accreditation is appropriate as long as osteopathic principles are not lost. Just having a D.O. as a program director does not guarantee this.

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