The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) celebrated its largest Residency Match Day ever on March 17, 2017.

While the 43,157 Match registrants set a record this year, the increase was due largely to growth in US allopathic medical school seniors and students/graduates of US osteopathic medical schools, the NRMP says.A record-high 35,969 US and international medical school students and graduates fought for 31,757 positions, the most ever offered for Match Day. The number of available first-year (PGY-1) positions increased by 989 to 28,849.  The total number of positions filled increased by 906 to 30,478 from last year, and the total number of PGY-1 positions filled increased by 852 to 27,688.


The number of US allopathic medical school senior registrants was 19,030, 362 more than last year; of those, a record-high 18,539 submitted program choices, and 17,480 (94.3%) matched to first-year positions. The 94% PGY-1 match rate for US seniors has held steady for several years.

The number of US osteopathic medical school applicants this year was a record high 5000, with 3590 submitting program choices, an increase of 608 over 2016; 2933 (81.7%) matched to PGY-1 positions, also a record high.

This year, the number of US citizen international medical school students and graduates (IMGs) who submitted program choices declined by 254 to 5069; however, 2777, or 54.8%, matched to PGY-1 positions, the highest match rate since 2004. 

The number of non–US citizen IMGs who submitted program choices also went down, from 7460 in 2016 to 7284 this year, but 3814 (52.4%) matched to first-year positions, 45 more than in 2016 and the highest match rate since 2005.


More information on the results of Match Day 2017 are available on the NRMP website.

Cite this article as:
Burhan Ahmed, MD, "Residency Match Day 2017: More AMGs, less IMGs," in Medicalopedia, March 19, 2017, [Permalink:].