Match day 2016: residency spots rise, but growth still needed.
Medical school seniors scored a record number of available first-year slots in this year's Main Residency Match.
Continuing a 4-year growth trend, the number of available postgraduate year 1 (PGY-1) positions rose to 27,860 in 2016, 567 more spots than in 2015, and a record 18,668 U.S. allopathic medical school seniors registered for the match, 221 more than in 2015, according to data from the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).
This year, greater than 95% of those positions were filled; 45% were filled by U.S. medical school graduates, the NRMP announced. The larger scope of this year's Match is likely attributed to growing enrollment among medical colleges, said NRMP President and CEO Mona Signer. "Every year seems to be larger than the year before, at least, certainly recently," Ms. Signer said in an interview.
"It isn't just a little bit larger. It's a lot larger. Medical schools have been increasing enrollment and new medical schools have been [opened]. We certainly expect to see that trickle into the Match as those new schools begin to graduate their first classes and as those existing schools begin to graduate larger classes."
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Caption: Match Day 2016: Residency positions filled (PGY-1)
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