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Overall Match Statistics for Residency

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The number of residency applications offered via the Electronic Residency Application Service has been steadily increasing since the 1990s, with the number of places luckily increasing alongside them. This has likely been in large part due to the transition to the single NRMP Match, covering both osteopathic and allopathic medical schools. Here we’ll summarise the core Match statistics for the most recent data at the time of writing – the 2022 Match.

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Overall Match Rates by Speciality

The match rates by specialty, and relevant number of positions, are as follows:

Specialty

Positions

Match Rate

Vascular Surgery

66

100%

Pediatrics

2,937

99.1%

Medicine-Pediatrics

464

99.1%

Radiation Oncology

211

99%

Child Neurology

190

98.8%

Internal Medicine (Categorical)

8,512

98.2%

Neurology

918

97.5%

Family Medicine

4,107

97.2%

Pathology

601

96.5%

Radiology

1117

96.3%

Emergency Medicine

2,488

95.1%

Anesthesiology

1,862

94.9%

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

138

93.4%

Plastic Surgery

172

91.7%

General Surgery

1,432

90.4%

Psychiatry

1,740

89.5%

Orthopaedic Surgery

755

87.4%

Obstetrics-Gynecology

1,395

86.1%

Surgery Preliminary

1,158

86.5%

Neurological Surgery

232

85.1%

Dermatology

504

81.4%

Otolaryngology

328

80.2%

Core Numbers on the Match

Per the NRMP, a successful match is one that correctly matches applicants and program directors – not just one that deals with significant volume. Looking at 2022 data, the overall position fill rate was 94.2%, which meant that 2262 of a total 39,205 positions were left unfilled after the matching algorithm was fully processed. There were an additional 96 positions left unfilled in programs that did not submit their rank order list. Of the unfilled places, 2262 were placed in SOAP, with 99 different programs taking part in SOAP, and only 151 positions unfilled at the conclusion of the SOAP process.

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There were 42,549 active applicants (applicants being those who submitted a certified rank order lists of programs) and these applicants were in competition for 36,277 first-year and 2,928 second-year residency positions. Of the applicants, U.S. MD senior students comprised 19,902, which was 36 more than in 2021. The PGY-1 match rate for U.S. MD seniors was 92.9 percent, which falls in the lower end of the normal historial range. The overall number of registered applicants was 47,675, the second highest in the history of the Match.

The number of registered non-U.S. citizen IMGs was 10,094, which was 624 fewer than last year.

Looking at all matched U.S. MD seniors, 48.5 percent matched to their first-choice programs, which was an increase of 2.1 percentage points over 2021, whilst  74.5 percent of U.S. MD seniors matched to one of their top three choices – an increase of 2.2 percentage points over 2021.

Looking at matched US DO seniors, 47.7 percent matched to their first-choice programs, which was an increase of 5.3 percentage points over 2021, whilst 76.7 percent matched to one of their top three choices – an increase of 4.5 percentage points over 2021.

The number of US DO seniors submitting applications was at an all-time high, with 7,303 U.S. DO seniors submitting rank order lists of programs, 202 more than in 2021. 6,664 of this group matched to PGY-1 positions. The PGY-1 match rate for U.S. DO seniors in 2022 was 91.3 percent, which was an increase of 2.2 percentage points from last year.

There were fewer non-U.S. citizen students and graduates of international medical schools (IMGs) registered for the Match than there had been in 2021. 5,048 U.S. IMGs submitted rank order lists of programs, of whom 3,099 matched to a PGY-1 position, making a match rate of only 61.4 percent. 7,864 non-U.S. citizen IMGs submitted rank order lists of programs, of whom 4,571 matched to a PGY-1 position, making a match rate of 58.1 percent.

Lastly, looking at couples, an option in the Match since 1984, the latest data found that 2444 individuals took part as couples, 4 less than in 2021. The PGY-1 match rate was 93.7 percent.

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