Medical education 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. May 21, 2019Tuesday The DO Staff Contact The DO Staff Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email 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. More in Training I was once lost, but now am found: A nontraditional student’s advice for success in medical school Not all paths to medical school are linear. Read about a nontraditional medical student’s journey and get his tips for med student success. My primary care and medical acupuncture clinical rotation This rotation allowed me to explore my interest in combining integrative medicine treatment modalities and philosophies into my clinical practice. Previous articleBest and worst states for doctors in 2019: Where docs can thrive, according to Medscape Next articleThe Time’s Up movement has hit health care. Meet two DOs helping lead the charge.