Overall, Med-Peds programs were very successful regarding Match outcomes with only 3 unfilled positions. Per a statement released by the National Resident Match Program (NRMP) more U.S. medical school graduates matched to primary care residency positions in the largest Main Residency Match in NRMP history. Med-Peds was identified as a competitive discipline in which at least 80% of positions were filled by U.S. graduates. This group included the disciplines of Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Neurological Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Radiation Oncology, General Surgery, and Plastic Surgery.
In 2013, seventy-seven Med-Peds programs participated in the Match (unchanged since 2011). A total of 366 positions were offered, which represents a modest increase compared to 2012 (362). The total number of candidates applying to Med-Peds substantially increased to 603 from 560 in 2012. Of the candidates, 391 U.S. seniors comprised the applicant pool. The outcome of the Match was outstanding. Of the 366 positions offered, 363 were filled in the regular match (3 unfilled positions), yielding an overall fill rate of 99.2%. A brief summary table of the 2011-2013 NRMP Match data for Med-Peds is provided here:
|Total # of Programs||77||77||77|
|Total Positions Offered||366||366||365|
|Total Positions Filled||363||344||362|
|% of Positions filled by US Graduates||85.2%||76.2%||84.7%|
Brief Summary of the Match for Our Categorical Colleagues
In 2013 there was a slight decline in the total number of programs from 398 to 393. However, the total number of positions offered in the Match significantly increased from 5,277 to 6,277. The overall fill rate was outstanding at 99.4% with U.S. seniors filling 49.9% of the available positions (decline from 55.7% in 2012).
The number of programs participating in the Match remained stable overall at 191 (190 in 2012). Similar to Internal Medicine, the number of positions offered in the Match increased significantly from 2,475 to 2,616. Only ten positions went unfilled in the Match, yielding an overall fill rate of 99.6%. Approximately 70% of positions were filled by US seniors, which is unchanged compared to last year.
The Family Medicine Match demonstrated a modest increase in the number of programs to 460 from 457 the year prior. Overall, 297 positions were added to the regular Match for a total of 3,037 positions (2,740 in 2012). One hundred twenty three positions were unfilled across 59 programs. The fill rate increased slightly from 94.4% to 95.9% in 2013. U.S. seniors comprised 44.6% of the filled positions in Family Medicine, which was a decline compared to 2012 (48.2%).
A brief comparative summary table of the 2013 NRMP Match data across Med-Peds, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Family Medicine is provided in the following table:
|2013||Med-Peds||Internal Medicine||Pediatrics||Family Medicine|
|Total # of Programs||77||393||191||460|
|Total Positions Offered||366||6177||2616||3017|
|Total Positions Filled||363||2642||2606||2914|
|Total # of Unfilled Positions||3||35||10||123|
|Total Unfilled Programs||3||14||6||59|
|Total # of Applicants||603||11030||3984||5948|
|Total # of US Graduates Applying||391||3710||2035||1582|
|Positions filled by US Graduates||85.2%||49.9%||70.2%||44.6%|
Our numbers for 2013 are reflective of the 2011 Match data as it relates to the total number of programs and positions offered, total number of applicants and position fill rates, and the percentage of positions filled by U.S. seniors. Although there were several changes leading up to this year’s Match (e.g. earlier release of the MSPEs; “All-in” Match), there did not appear to be a net negative effect on Match outcomes. It is worth noting that candidates are clearly applying to more programs. In 2010, applicants applied to an average of 16.5; in 2013 applicants applied to an average of 20.9 programs.
As the Match for Med-Peds may be seen as more competitive in 2014, it will be very important for prospective students to work closely with faculty advisors to guide them regarding the number and distribution of programs to which an individual should apply.
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