Match 2011 Press Release
Contact: Lesley Ward
Embargoed for release until 1:00 PM EDT, March 17, 2011:
FOR SECOND YEAR, MORE U.S. MEDICAL SCHOOL
SENIORS MATCH TO PRIMARY CARE RESIDENCIES
Washington, D.C., March 17, 2010— For the second year in a row, more U.S. medical school seniors
will train as family medicine residents, according to new data released today by the National Resident
Matching Program (NRMP). The number of U.S. seniors matched to family medicine positions rose by
11 percent over 2010. In Match Day ceremonies across the country today, these individuals will be
among more than 16,000 U.S. medical school seniors who will learn where they are going to spend the
next three to seven years of residency training.
Among primary care specialties, family medicine programs continued to experience the strongest growth
in the number of positions filled by U.S. seniors. In this year’s Match, U.S. seniors filled nearly half of
the 2,708 family medicine residency slots. Family medicine also offered 100 more positions this year.
The two other primary care specialties that increased in popularity among U.S. seniors were pediatrics
and internal medicine. U.S. seniors matched to 1,768 of the 2,482 pediatric positions offered, a 3 percent
increase over 2010. In internal medicine, U.S. seniors filled 2, 940 of 5,121 positions, an 8 percent
increase over last year.
In addition to primary care, other specialties that increased the number of residency positions filled by
U.S. seniors in this year’s Match included emergency medicine, anesthesiology, and neurology.
For the first time, the total number of positions in the Match exceeded 26,000. Overall, U.S. seniors’
participation in the Match also increased with 16,559 applicants—489 more than 2010.
The number of U.S. citizens who attended international medical schools (USIMGs) increased again this
year, with 50 percent of the 3,769 registrants matching to positions. In contrast, the number of non-U.S.
citizen IMGs who registered for the Match declined for the second year in a row, down 587 from 2010.
Despite the change, 41 percent matched to positions—a slight increase from 2010.
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The 2011 Match offered a 23,421 first-year and 2,737 second-year residency positions—638 more
positions overall. More than 95 percent (22,386) of the first-year positions were filled.
“We were pleased that this year’s Match was able to offer more positions. There will no doubt be
wonderful cause for celebration at the nation’s medical schools today and for all participants as they
experience this defining moment in their careers as physicians,” said Mona M. Signer, executive director
of the NRMP.
According to the NRMP, the number of applicants in this year’s Match also increased, with a total of
37,735 applicants participating—179 more than in 2010.
Other participants in the 2011 Match included:
2,178 students and graduates of osteopathic (D.O. degree-granting) schools—an increase
of 133 over 2010
3,769 U.S. citizens and students from international medical schools—74 more
This was the first year that the number of successful matches for U.S. seniors exceeded 15,000. Slightly
more than 94 percent of U.S. medical school seniors matched to a first-year residency position this year;
81 percent of those students matched to one of their top three choices. Among all other types of
participants, 80 percent matched to one of their top three choices.
Match results can be an indicator of career interests among U.S. medical school seniors. Among the
notable trends this year:
Dermatology, orthopaedic surgery, otolaryngology, plastic surgery, radiation oncology,
thoracic surgery, and vascular surgery were the most competitive fields for applicants.
At least 90 percent of those positions were filled by U.S. medical school seniors.
The number of U.S. medical school seniors in emergency medicine increased by 7
percent and grew for the sixth year in a row, as they filled 1,268 of the 1,607 first-year
Anesthesiology offered 44 more positions and matched 45 more U.S. seniors who filled
671 positions of the 841 offered.
Couples in the Match
There were 809 couples in the Match this year. Participants who enter the Match as a couple agree to
have their rank order lists of preferred residency programs linked to each other to ensure that they match
to programs within the same geographic area, for instance. This year, 739 couples both matched to their
respective residency program preferences. A couple is defined by the NRMP as any two applicants—
regardless of the nature of their relationship—who participate in the Match as partners.
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How the Match Works
Conducted annually by the NRMP, the Match uses a computerized mathematical algorithm to align the
preferences of applicants with the preferences of residency programs in order to fill the residency training
positions available at U.S. teaching hospitals.
To hear an audio podcast interview with NRMP Executive Director Mona Signer, watch videos of
medical school Match Day ceremonies, and for additional data and resources, visit www.nrmp.org after
1:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, March 17.
# # #
The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) is a private, not-for-profit organization established in
1952 at the request of medical students to provide an orderly and fair mechanism to match the preferences
of applicants to U.S. residency positions with the preferences of residency program directors for those
applicants. The NRMP is sponsored by the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American
Medical Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the American Hospital Association,
and the Council of Medical Specialty Societies.
perhaps the porcentages for IMGs will increase next year.. and hopefully it will bounce up again in 2013..:
wow... why are the percentages so low for IMG's???
Are they applying for tougher positions or something?
For me, i was going to try to go for family or emergency medicine... got a 212(89) on my Step 1. Just started Clinicals in Chicago.. Do you think i would have a good chance to get into a residency with these kinds of statistics.. cause 41 percent is pretty much garbage.. isn't it?
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I HOPE many people dont apply for next year. This year there was a huge increase in the number of primary care (Int med/ pedi etc) residencies due to obama funding- there will be no renewed funding for extra positions this year - however the US student numbers are increasing by atleast 400-500 everyyear - these students are guaranteed to match
this will leave IMGS competing for fewer and fewer seats with every coming year. Maybe a reason for reversal in the trend. Going to through all the steps, and then 60% of them not matching!! is a lot of waste of time money and effort , which is sure to get a MD position in india (or wherever) with a little bit of studying.
I quite regret that i m on the path and committed to it due to personal reasons, but i can well imagine why people would stay away! Unless match rates reach the 75% odd that it was in 2000ish , there is no point for this route.
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i have a friend from my country that matched at emergency medicine just got 2 invites and matched at one of them..
percentage didnt go down this year man as many predicted... this is great!!
I was also interested in EM, but what are the mean scores like for these guys?? (Im also a Caribbean student, so will have USCE)
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