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The 5 most competitive subspecialties in the NRMP’s 2018-2019 fellowship matches

NRMP shares which fellowships are most desired by today’s trainees.

The National Resident Matching Program recently released a report on its 2018-2019 fellowship matches, which includes information on 66 subspecialties and 23 separate Matches that took place in 2018 and early 2019.

Top 5 most competitive subspecialties 2018-2019

  1. Gynecologic oncology
  2. Maternal-fetal medicine
  3. Reproductive endocrinology
  4. Hand surgery
  5. Pediatric surgery

The above subspecialties filled at least 95 percent of the positions offered.

Top 5 least competitive subspecialties 2018-2019

  1. Clinical ultrasound
  2. Geriatric medicine
  3. Medical genetics
  4. Pediatric endocrinology
  5. Pediatric infectious disease

The above subspecialties filled less than 60 percent of the positions offered. Note: The above lists are the most and least competitive subspecialties among those that offered at least 30 positions.

NRMP also shared the top five subspecialties that had the highest percentage of positions filled by DOs in its matches.

To learn more, see the full report from NRMP.

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