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The 10 most competitive specialties for PGY1s in the 2019 NRMP Match

Surgery and otolaryngology are among the most competitive specialties this year. See which others are on the list.

This year was a notable one for fourth-year medical students and DOs matching into residency: The final AOA Match took place, which meant DOs participated in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Match in record numbers.

In the NRMP Match, DOs comprised 16% of all applicants and 16% of all matches. Nearly 85% of DO applicants successfully matched in the NRMP Match. Overall, nearly 99% of this year’s graduating DOs placed into residency programs, according to the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.

In examining the NRMP’s recently released 2019 Match report, The DO determined the 10 most competitive specialties for postgraduate year one (PGY1) residents by looking at which filled all or nearly all of their open PGY1 positions. Specialties with fewer than 30 open positions were not included. The chart below lists the most competitive specialties for PGY1s along with how many physicians matched in each.

NRMP’s report also provided the five specialties that DOs matched into in the highest numbers.

For more information, see the full NRMP report.

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