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.