2018 Main Residency Match: who matched into the most competitive specialties?

Practice Management

The 2018 Main Residency Match is the largest in the National Resident Matching Program's History, with a record 37,103 U.S. and international applicants submitting program choices for 33,167 positions.

Here are five things to know.

1. The number of available first-year (PGY-1) positions rose 1,383 from 2017 to 30,232 positions.

2. Of the first-year positions offered, nearly half — 14,695 — were in primary care specialties.

3. Match results can indicate specialty competitiveness, which the NRMP measures by the percentage of positions filled overall and the percentage filled by senior U.S. allopathic medical students.

4. Specialties with more than 30 positions that filled all available positions include integrated interventional radiology, neurological surgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation and thoracic surgery.

5. Specialties with more than 30 positions that were filled more than 90 percent with U.S. allopathic seniors include:

  • Integrated interventional radiology (95.5 percent allopathic seniors)
  • Orthopedic surgery (93.1 percent)
  • Integrated Plastic Surgery (92.9 percent)
  • Radiation Oncology (91.5 percent)
  • Neurological Surgery (90.2 percent)
  • Otolaryngology (90.2 percent)

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