by Max Brantley
Today is Match Day. The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) reports that this year’s Match included 34,270 active applicants. There were 26,678 first-year positions offered, an increase of 540 over last year. The NRMP reports that of the total 25,687 applicants who successfully matched to first-year positions, 16,399 were U.S. medical school seniors, with 5.6 percent not matching. The NRMP reports a modest increase in U.S. seniors choosing primary care and 80.8 percent of U.S. seniors and 81.2 percent of independent applicants matched to one of their top three choices.
…. AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., issued a statement on this year’s Match results, expressing concern about the shortage of residency positions. Noting that several hundred U.S. seniors appear not to have matched this year, he said “As a result, with a serious physician shortage looming closer, we remain concerned that the 17-year cap on federal support of new doctor training will impede the necessary growth in residency positions that must occur to ensure that our growing and aging population will receive the care it needs.”