Fourth-year students from Midwestern University-Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine celebrated matching into residency programs during the school’s official match party last year.
Headed to residency

More than 5,000 DO students and grads match in largest NRMP Match ever

A record high number of DO students and graduates participated in this year’s NRMP Match.

Today, nearly 5,080 DO students and graduates learned the location of their residency placements via the largest National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Match of all time.

This year’s NRMP Match saw more than 38,370 active applicants compete for more than 35,180 positions, both all-time highs. This was due in part to the record-high number of DO student and graduate participants in this year’s NRMP Match. Nearly 85 percent of DO student and graduate applicants successfully matched, a record-high as well.

This year, the final AOA Match took place in February as the profession transitions to a single system of graduate medical education accreditation. Learn more about what that means for today’s students. Next year, most DO graduates and fourth-years will match in the NRMP Match.

Most competitive specialties

NRMP noted the specialties with more than 30 positions that filled all their slots in a statement. They include the following:

  • Integrated interventional radiology
  • Otolaryngology
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Integrated plastic surgery
  • Surgery (categorical)
  • Thoracic surgery

Other specialty trends

The NRMP Match had nearly 8 percent more first-year primary care positions this year than last; the total number of positions was nearly 15,950.

Specialties that had significant growth in the number of positions offered include emergency medicine, psychiatry, radiation-oncology, anesthesiology and ob-gyn.

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