2019 Match Day breaks records 

Written by Shayna Korol | March 19, 2019 | Print  |

The 2019 Main Residency Match on March 5 was the largest ever, with 38,376 applicants submitting program choices for 35,185 positions, the American Medical Association reports.

The number of available first-year positions increased to 32,194, a 6.5 percent increase over 2018. The increase is due to the number of osteopathic programs joining the Main Residency Match as a result of the transition to a single accreditation system for graduate medical education programs.

The fill rate of all positions offered was 95 percent. Specialties with more than 30 positions that had a U.S. medical school senior-fill rate of more than 90 percent included: 

  • Otolaryngology — 93.9 percent
  • Integrated plastic surgery — 91.9 percent
  • Thoracic surgery — 91.9 percent
  • Neurological surgery — 91.8 percent
  • Orthopedic surgery — 91.8 percent

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