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BIGGEST “MATCH DAY” ON RECORD
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Contact: Nicole Buckley
202-828-0041
[email protected]
Embargoed for release until 1:00 PM EDT, March 19, 2009:

MEDICAL SCHOOLS, STUDENTS, TEACHING HOSPITALS CELEBRATE
BIGGEST “MATCH DAY” ON RECORD

More than 24,000 placed in residency training positions
Washington, D.C., March 19, 2009—At noon today, nearly 30,000 applicants, including more than 15,000
U.S. medical school seniors, will learn where they will spend the next three to seven years of residency
training. For U.S. medical school seniors, the news will be revealed in “Match Day” ceremonies across the
country.
Participants
According to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), this was the largest Match in history:
29,890 applicants participated—1,153 more than last year and 4,500 more than participated five years ago.
More than half the participants in this year’s Match were U.S. medical school seniors (15,638), 400 more
than in 2008.
“We saw an across the board increase in Match applicants this year, particularly among U.S. medical school
seniors,” said Mona M. Signer, executive director of the NRMP. “This is likely the result of medical school
expansion across the nation in anticipation of a future physician shortage—existing medical schools have
increased their class sizes and new medical schools are in development.”
Other participants in the 2009 Match included:
• 10,874 graduates of international medical schools—an increase of 570 participants from
last year
• 2,015 students and graduates of osteopathic (D.O. degree-granting) schools—an increase of
145 from 2008, and
• 1,222 physicians who previously graduated from medical (M.D. degree-granting)
schools—a slight increase of 38 participants from 2008.
How the Match Works
Conducted annually by the NRMP, the Match uses a computer algorithm, designed to produce favorable
results for applicants, that aligns the preferences of applicants with the preferences of residency programs in
order to fill the thousands of training positions available at U.S. teaching hospitals.
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Positions
Participants vied for one of the 22,427 first-year residency positions available through the Match this year—
the most ever offered by the NRMP; 187 more first-year positions than were available last year and 1,235
more than were available five years ago. More than 95 percent (21,340) of the first-year positions were
filled during this Match. The remaining positions are filled through a process known as “the Scramble,”
occurring this week.
Match Rate
Ninety-three percent of U.S. medical school seniors matched to a residency program this year; 82 percent of
these students matched to one of their top three choices. Among all other types of participants, 47 percent
matched to a residency program; 81 percent of these individuals matched to one of their top three program
choices.
Specialty Trends
Match results can be an indicator of career interests among U.S. medical school seniors. Among the notable
trends this year:
• Dermatology, neurological surgery, orthopaedic surgery, and otolaryngology were the most
competitive specialties for medical school seniors. This is the first year in which
neurological surgery positions were available through the Match; all 191 available
positions were filled.
• There were 101 fewer family medicine positions in the Match this year. Of the 91 percent
of these positions that were filled, 42 percent were filled by U.S. medical school seniors
(down slightly from nearly 44 percent last year).
• One-fifth of the first-year residency positions available through the Match were internal
medicine positions. Some of these residents intend to practice as internists and some intend
to seek further training in subspecialties like cardiology and gastroenterology. The 4,922
internal medicine positions available this year represent a slight increase from last year (up
from 4,858). Of the nearly 99 percent of these positions that were filled, 53.5 percent were
filled by U.S. medical school seniors (a slight decrease from the 55 percent in 2008).
Couples in the Match
There were 788 couples in the Match this year, an all-time high. Participants who enter the Match as a
couple agree to have their rank order lists of preferred residency programs be linked to each other to ensure
that they match to programs within the same geographic area, for instance. This year, 706 of these 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.
Using the Match Effectively
Since 2006, the NRMP has provided decision-support data for applicants in the form of research reports and
analyses. These reports give applicants the information they need to make better decisions when entering
the Match and thus contribute to more successful Match outcomes. Medical schools also use these reports
in conjunction with advising services to help students make informed decisions when choosing a specialty
and a residency program.
Match Week Schedule
The Match is a week-long process that began on Monday, March 16, when NRMP applicants were informed
whether they had been matched to a residency program of their choice, although the name of that program
was not revealed. Today, those matched applicants learn where they will spend at least their first year of
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residency training. For U.S. medical school seniors, this news will be delivered and celebrated during Match
Day ceremonies at medical schools across the country.
Applicants who learned Monday that they did not match to a residency position participate in “the
Scramble,” which began on Tuesday. During this process, the locations of remaining unfilled residency
positions are released to unmatched applicants, who then have the opportunity to contact the programs
directly to express interest in the open positions. Following the Match this year, there were 1,087 unfilled
first-year residency positions available to participants in the Scramble.
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 on the Match, go to
http://www.aamc.org/newsroom/pressrel/2009/090319.htm after 1:00 PM EDT on Thursday, March 19.
# # #
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.
Contact: Nicole Buckley
202-828-0041
[email protected]
www.nrmp.org
Embargoed for release until 1:00 EDT,March 19, 2009
Participants in the Match
All Match Applicants and Numbers Matched
0
5,000
10,000
15,000
20,000
25,000
30,000
Total Active Applicants Matched
(to first-year positions)
Total Active Applicants
19,391
25,246
19,760
25,348
20,072
26,715
20,514
27,944
20,940
28,737
21,340
29,890
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Total Active U.S. Medical School
Senior Applicants Matched
(to first-year positions)
Total Active U.S. Medical School Senior
Applicants
U.S. Medical School Seniors and Numbers Matched
0
2,000
4,000
6,000
8,000
10,000
12,000
14,000
16,000
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
13,572
14,609
13,798
14,719
14,059
15,008
14,201
15,206
14,359
15,242
14,566
15,638
Contact: Nicole Buckley
202-828-0041
[email protected]
www.nrmp.org
Percent Matches by Rank Number for All Applicants
Percent Matches by Rank Number for Matched Applicants
Embargoed for release until 1:00 EDT,March 19, 2009
U.S. Seniors Non-U.S. Seniors
U.S. Seniors Non-U.S. Seniors
First Choice
56.5%
First Choice
48.7%
Second Choice
16.2%
Second Choice
20.2%
Third Choice
9.2%
Third Choice
11.9%
Fourth
Choice
5.3%
Fourth
Choice
5.0%
Fourth
Choice
7.0%
>Fourth Choice
12.8%
>Fourth
Choice
12.2%
First Choice
53.2%
First Choice
24.5%
Second
Choice
10.2%
Second Choice
15.3%
Third Choice
8.7%
Third Choice
6.0%
Fourth Choice
3.5%
>Fourth
Choice
6.2%
>Fourth Choice
12.1%
Unmatched
5.7%
Unmatched
49.6%

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