2017 Match, Largest in History

                Match Day, which is celebrated all over the world, is when thousands of medical students and graduates learn the specialty and the location of the U.S. residency program that they will train in for the next several years. Match Day is a very exciting and joyful day for many. Applicants look forward to this day for months on end because it is the day that marks a new beginning for them.

                On March 17th, the results of the 2017 Main Residency Match were finally announced. It turns out that the 2017 match was the largest match in history with 35,969 international and U.S. medical school students and graduates competing for 31,757 positions. This is the highest number of positions ever offered in the match with about a 3 percent increase from 2016. There were 989 more PGY-1 positions than there were last year.  There were also 7,233 positions that were offered in internal medicine, which is about 200 more than in 2016. This number is quite significant when you think about the fact that 98% of those 7,233 positions were filled, along with 99.7% in emergency medicine and 95.8% in family medicine.

                As stated by NRMP, the increase in the 2017 match results was due to the increase in the number of U.S. osteopathic and allopathic medical school seniors and graduates. Of the 19,030 M.D. applicants, 17,480 of them matched into residency programs. Although this was good news for U.S. medical school students and grads, the 2017 match did see a decline in the number of international medical students and graduates. The total number of U.S. and foreign IMG’s was down by 430 from last year. However, even though there were less international students in the match, the number of U.S. and foreign IMG’s that matched to first year programs is still among the highest match rates for these categories in over 10 years.